Life doesn’t stop for anyone, so cancer shouldn’t stop you either. Sonali Bendre and Tahira Kashyap have been the two pillars of endless strength who remained undefeated by their illness. They have braced themselves and life all the more and their stories are an inspiration to many.
Having been gone through a tough and scary phase, to say the least, they have gathered enough wisdom to share with all of us. And today, on World Cancer Day, they chose to spread courage and awareness in the most beautiful yet fierce way there is.
The two women took on their social media to share inspiring messages on life, self-love, and acceptance.
Tahira Kashyap recently went bald due to chemotherapy but she embraced her “new” self. And now she takes a step forward and embraces her scars too!
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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” #worldcancerday #breastcancerawareness #breastcancerwarrior #turningkarmaintomission #boddhisatva Thanks @atulkasbekar for this one❤️
“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”, she writes.
Sonali’s message, on the other hand, was an account of how she fought her fears and accepted her life as it is.
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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. #WorldCancerDay
“I was scared too, but soon realized that burying my head in the sand was not the way to deal with this”, Sonali writes.
In a recent interview, Tahira expressed how even she was inspired by Sonali in so many ways:
“Sonali has been a very big source of strength for each one of us, whether she realises or not. I read her interview and saw her posts, and that was the time I was not going through anything. I felt what a strong woman she is.”
These women are fighters and not even cancer can beat their strength. More power to them!