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5 Celebrities Who Were Open About How They Dealt With Cancer.

Karthika S Nair | Feb 05 2019
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There was a time when the word 'cancer' meant the end of a person's life. Today with the advancement of treatment methods and new medications, the chances to overcome this disease is very high.

Treating cancer would mean dealing with physical, social and psychological issues such as loss of weight, loss of hair, skin problems, fatigue, depression, anxiety and loss of appetite.

Since people look up to the celebrities they admire, their stories about the efforts put in to overcome the difficult disease is empowering.

In the last few years we have seen a handful of gritty celebrity women conversing with the public about how they are dealing with and fighting cancer. They were sharing different phases of their treatment which helped quite a bit in alienating away the stigma associated with the disease.

1. Sonali Bendre

Sonali Bendre is probably one of the most optimistic voices from Bollywood, as she regularly updates with positive messages in her social media handles.

When Sonali was diagnosed with cancer and the first thing she shared with her fans was her decision to fight it head on.

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By praising the unconditional love and support her husband Goldie Behl gave her, she was emphasising on the need of family support in difficult situations such as this.

‘My family and close friends have rallied around me, providing the best support system that anyone can ask for…We remain optimistic and I am determined to fight every step of the way' she wrote in Instagram.

She is getting treated from America and is going strong.

‘It is not a fight against negative thoughts. It's taking a stand to not give in, no matter what.’ She wrote on World Cancer day, on 4th February. 

2. Lisa Ray

Actress and model Lisa Ray was diagnosed with ‘multiple myeloma’, a rare form of cancer.

She threw light on her life with Cancer and eventually in April 2010, she came out with the news of her defeating it and declaring that she is ‘cancer-free’.

She also adds saying that though she is cancer-free now, multiple myeloma as a disease is incurable and could recur.

This would mean that she has to live it and fight it throughout.

'No one's journey is easy. It's how you react that makes people unique' she wrote on Twitter.

She is building her life with her husband and had twins through a surrogate.

3. Mamtha Mohandas

Popular South Indian actress Mamtha Mohandas shared her #10YearChallenge with the caption, 'I GOT CANCER... CANCER DIDN’T GET ME' as her mantra.

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'Last 10 years has been quite a challenge and as I look back come 2019, I’m proud to realize that I have fought tirelessly, stayed strong and survived. Staying positive and strong for several years is very hard but if I have done it, there are a few people behind it.' she wrote.

Mamtha has been vocal and optimistic about her situation despite the recurrence.

She continues acting and had been social ambassador to many causes. 

 4. Tahira Kashyap

Filmmaker Tahira Kashyap broke fashion stereotypes when she walked the fashion ramp while she was bald. Her bold act of shaving her hair and exhibiting that was to tell the world that she has cancer and is fighting it.

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 She has been open about her dealing with cancer. She's had a mastectomy as part of her treatment and shared an image of her scars on World Cancer day yesterday.

This ‘Toffee’ director gets strong support from her husband Ayushmann Khurrana and her Bollywood colleagues.

 5. Manisha Koirala

Actress Manisha Koirala is the perfect example of how a person can kick back to normal and enjoyable life after being knocked down several times. She opened up about it in her TEDx talks about the reckless life she had after her successful career in Indian cinema. She went through alcoholism and other abuses before she was hit by Cancer.

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On 29 November 2012, Manisha was diagnosed with cancer and underwent treatment.

Eventually, she became free of cancer and cited it as a reason why she has a new perspective in life.

She wrote a book about the same; Healed: How Cancer gave me a new life.