Actress Chhavi Mittal, who is best known for featuring in serials like Ghar Ki Lakshmi Betiyann, Bandini and Viraasat, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer in April and had undergone surgery for the same.
She was criticised for showing her breast pictures post-surgery. She took to Instagram and shared the two pictures that she had shared. "Here are 2 pictures which I shared on social media," she said. She went on to explain that the first picture was from the time she announced her breast cancer diagnosis and the second one was from the post-cancer recovery shoot.
In a detailed note, she wrote, "While the cancer announcement post may have more of my breasts on display, emotional as I was (am) about cancer, trying to fight the fear of what lay ahead.. whether I'll ever be the same again, or will I lead a life of compromise... it incited a lot of love and applaud from netizens, with no mention (& rightly so) of the cleavage."
She further wrote, "While fighting cancer, I mustered up all the courage that was within me, and decided that if anything, quality of life will be even better than it was pre-cancer...because after this fight if I survive, I'll only be stronger than ever!"
Slamming the criticisms, Chhavi posted, "I shared this with the world and documented every stage of my recovery (still recovering, still share). But while everybody thought it courageous of me to announce it the way I did, the second picture invited hate comments saying "sab kuchh share nahi karna chahiye", "this is not dignified", "don't know what she's trying to be" etc."
She pointed out, "Firstly, this is double standards. Secondly, the association that I have with my breasts is beyond explanation. I have fought a very hard battle to save them.. to keep them strong.. to make sure they function the way they should and to ensure that they're cancer free forever."
"While the forever struggle will last forever, I will continue to document my victories like I always have unabashedly. If anything, I'm so damn proud of my body, not because of the way it looks, but because of the strength, it has shown me. Because of what it allows me to do. And even more proud of my breasts, because only I know what they've endured and it's no mean feat to not just be survivors, but fighters all the way. But for the ones who can only hear sob stories and underdog stories, let me remind you... this page is not for the faint-hearted," she added.