By Anindita Mukherjee Last Updated:
It was a Wednesday, July 4, 2018 when the whole world went in for a momentary shock. Everyone, be it fans and media were devastated to hear about the beautiful Sonali Bendre’s high grade cancer. Since then numerous wishes, good luck and the immense support that she has received from her husband Goldie Behl has made our heart wrench. (Recommended Read: Sonali Bendre And Goldie Behl's Love Story Is A Beautiful Tale Of Accidental Love)
The beautiful Hum Sath Sath Hain actress shared the sad news with her fans through social media. In a beautiful picture that she had posted of herself, the actress wrote, “Sometimes, when you least expect it, life throws you a curveball. I have recently been diagnosed with a high grade cancer that has metastised, which we frankly did not see coming. A niggling pain led to some tests, which led to this unexpected diagnosis. My family and close friends have rallied around me, providing the best support system that anyone can ask for. I am very blessed and thankful for each of them. There is no better way to tackle this, than to take swift and immediate action."
She further wrote, "And so, as advised by my doctors, I am currently undergoing a course of treatment in New York. We remain optimistic and I am determined to fight every step of the way. What has helped has been the immense outpouring of love and support I’ve received over the past few days, for which I am very grateful. I’m taking this battle head on, knowing I have the strength of my family and friends behind me.” (Recommended Read: 8 Star Kids Pampered With Lavish Gifts From Their Celeb Parents, Worth More Than Our Life Savings)
When you are unwell, the very sight and the slightest support of your family members make you feel that you will get well soon. But do you know, at this hour there’s another person who is aiding his mother like a pro. Sonali’s 12-year-old son, Ranveer Behl. The actress shared the heaps of support that she is getting from him through a heart-warming post, which she posted with a recent picture of hers. Her message said, “From the moment he was born 12 years, 11 months and 8 days ago, my amazing @rockbehl took ownership of my heart. From then on, his happiness and wellbeing have been the centre of anything @goldiebehl and I ever did. And so, when the Big C reared its ugly head, our biggest dilemma was what and how we were going to tell him.”
It could be further read as, “As much as we wanted to protect him, we knew it was important to tell him the full facts. We’ve always been open and honest with him and this time it wasn’t going to be different. He took the news so maturely… and instantly became a source of strength and positivity for me. In some situations now, he even reverses roles and takes on being the parent, reminding me of things I need to do! I believe that it’s imperative to keep kids involved in a situation like this. They are a lot more resilient than we give them credit for. It’s important to spend time with them and include them, rather than make them wait on the side-lines, not being told yet instinctively knowing everything. In our effort to protect them from the pain and realities of life, we might end up doing the opposite. I’m spending time with Ranveer right now, while he’s on summer vacation. His madness and shenanigans help me #SwitchOnTheSunshine. And today, we derive strength from each other #OneDayAtATime.” (Also Checkout: 8 Bollywood Celebrity Couples Who Never Had Kids Of Their Own After Marriage)
A few days back, some pictures and videos surfaced the internet where Sonali was seen getting her hair cut short and her hubby kissing her. Goldie is seen standing like a pillar and sharing the pain that Sonali is going through. In yet another beautiful post written by her, Sonali shared an encouraging message revealing her short-hair look. She began the post with words from her favourite author. It said, “In the words of my favourite author Isabel Allende, “We don't even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.”
It further read as, “The outpouring of love I’ve received in the last few days has been so overwhelming… and I’m especially grateful to those of you who shared stories of your experiences in dealing with cancer, whether it was your own or of loved ones. Your stories have given me an extra dosage of strength and courage, and more importantly, the knowledge that I’m not alone. Each day comes with its own challenges and victories and so for now, I’m taking this #OneDayAtATime. The only thing I’m trying to be consistent about is maintaining a positive outlook... literally #SwitchOnTheSunshine - it’s my way of dealing with this. Sharing my journey is also part of this process... I can only hope it reminds you that all is not lost and that someone somewhere understands what you’re going through. Thank you @tomoarakawa for making this a chic transition from long to short!” (Also Read: Bollywood Celebrity Couples Who Chose Unique Names For Their Kids)
Isn’t it extremely encouraging? Sonali, you are braveheart and we know that you will rise and battle through this phase. We wish you a speedy recovery!