World Cancer Day is observed every year on February 4 to mark the international awareness day on the global health calendar. World Cancer Day takes place to unite the world in the fight against cancer, under the one banner. The Day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year through education, raising awareness and by pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.
In a wake to mark this day, Bollywood celebrities took to share their journey through the chronic disease.
Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife Tahira Kashyap shared a post on social media to reveal her scar after her breast cancer surgery. Tahira shared this picture and captioned it:
“Today is my day! Wish you all a happy #worldcancerday and hope each one of us celebrates this day in an embracing way. That we remove any stigma or taboo associated with it. That we spread awareness about it and that we have self love no matter what. I truly embrace all my scars as they are my badges of honour. There is nothing known as perfect. Happiness lies in truly accepting yourself. This was a tough one for me. But this picture was my decision as I want to celebrate not the disease but the spirit with which I endured. To quote my mentor, Diasaku Ikeda, “Leading an undefeated life is eternal victory. Not being defeated, never giving up, is actually a greater victory than winning, not being defeated means having the courage to rise to the challenge. However many times we’re knocked down, the important thing is we keep getting up and taking one step-even a half step- forward”
Veteran actress Sonali Bendre who was diagnosed with high-grade cancer has been quite strong throughout her journey. In a post on Instagram the actress jotted down her thoughts:\
“World Cancer Day? who would have thought it would become such a thing? but it has! And just the mere mention of the C word brings dread in the hearts of anyone who hears it. We fear it so much that we’d rather not talk about it? which is why it’s important to have a day where we pull out the band aid and help us deal with this disease. I was scared too, but soon realised that burying my head in the sand was not the way to deal with this.
And so? with the little experience I have had, I urge you all to take the time to understand it. There’s more to cancer than being emotional or weak or even being called a fighter or a survivor. It requires you to study it, find out what works for you and to be diligent about your treatment. It requires days of strongly believing in oneself, of knowing that tomorrow will be better than today. It is not a fight against negative thoughts. It’s taking a stand to not give in, no matter what. Most importantly, it is about living every day, and not just surviving. Just taking it #OneDayAtATime makes it easier to #SwitchOnTheSunshine.”
Over the time the actress has been sharing about her battle against cancer and how she is dealing with it. She has been constantly using the hastags of #OneDayAtATime and #SwitchOntheSunshine.
This is me. And in this moment, I am really happy. People give me strange looks when I say that now, but it’s true and I’ll tell you why. I am now paying attention to every moment, looking for every opportunity to find joy and #SwitchOnTheSunshine. Yes, there are moments of pain and low energy, but I am doing what I like, spending time with people I love, and feeling very loved and happy. I am extremely grateful to my friends, my pillars of strength, who at a moment’s notice, arrived to be with me and help me through this. In between their busy schedules they find time to visit, call, message, FaceTime… basically never leaving a moment for me to feel alone. Thank you for showing me what true friendship is. #HappyFriendshipDay, ladies. Blessed to have you all in my life (including the ones not in the picture… You know who you are) @gayatrioberoi @suzkr P.S. Nowadays I spend far less time getting ready because I don’t have to fuss over my hair! ?#BaldIsBeautiful #FindThePositive #OneDayAtATime Picture credit: @hrithikroshan
“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.” ? Cheryl Strayed, Wild. Over the past couple of months, I have had good days and bad ones. There have been days when I’ve been so exhausted and in so much pain that even lifting a finger hurt. I feel like sometimes it’s a cycle? one that starts off with physical pain and leads to mental and emotional pain. The bad days have been many? Post chemo, post-surgery and the like? where even just laughing hurts. Sometimes it felt like it took everything I’ve had to push past it? a minute to minute battle with myself. I got through it knowing that even though I was fighting a long drawn out, draining battle? it was one that was worth the fight. It’s important to remember that we’re allowed to have those bad days. Forcing yourself to be happy and cheerful all the time serves no purpose. Who are we being fake and putting on an act for? I allowed myself to cry, to feel the pain, to indulge in self-pity? for a short while. Only you know what you’re going through and it is fine to accept it. Emotions aren’t wrong. Feeling negative emotions isn’t wrong. But after a point, identify it, recognize it and refuse to let it control your life. It takes an immense amount of self-care to get out of that zone. Sleep always helps, or having my favourite smoothie after chemo, or just talking to my son. For now, as my treatment continues? my visual focus remains to just get better and get back home. It’s yet another test? Student all my life? Learning all my life? #OneDayAtATime ?: @srishtibehlarya
Recently, Hrithik Roshan’s father and Koi Mil Gya..director Rakesh Roshan was diagnosed with early-stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat.
Asked my dad for a picture this morning. Knew he wouldnt miss gym on surgery day. He is probably the strongest man I know. Got diagnosed with early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the throat a few weeks ago, but he is in full spirits today as he proceeds to battle it. As a family we are fortunate and blessed to have a leader like him. . Love you Dad.
Further, Ranbir’s father Rishi Kapoor has also been diagnosed with cancer and has been residing in America for treatment for months now. Lately his wife Neetu Kapoor shared a post on his birthday and wrote “hope in future cancer is a zodiac sign only.”
‘Piku’ actor Irfan Khan has also been diagnosed with a type of brain cancer and is undergoing treatment in London.