Last year, Sonali Bendre was diagnosed with high-grade cancer. She had to go to New York to get treatment. She became a beacon of inspiration to millions of fans, as she continuously shared updates of her treatment and was determined to “switch on the sunshine” in her words.
Sonali returned to Mumbai in December, and has been very vocal about her journey. At the International Conference organised by Consortium of Accredited Health Organisation (CAHO), she said though the disease is scary, the treatment is more painful.
“Early detection is most important. Right now the disease is less scary the treatment is actually more frightening and painful. If it were detected early, the cost of treatment would have been less. It would also have been a lesser painful treatment,” she said.
Sonali had also shared an Instagram post, regarding this. “Information, awareness, and action.That’s what I needed during my diagnosis, and I believe everybody should have access to. Our hospitals have the critical amenities and affordable facilities needed. But not a lot of people know about it. My conversation with Dr. Puri at CAHOCON 2019 revolved around this issue. Thank you making me a part of this amazing dialogue,” she wrote.
Earlier, at the India Today Conclave 2019, Sonali spoke about losing her hair and how she thought her brand was over.
Sonali said, “I have endorsed every hair product in my career. Looks have been my bread, butter, and jam. Looks are important in our society. But, considering that that was the career, it has been scary. The world as I know it turned upside down or was no more there. And when I came to know that I have cancer, I got my team together and told them about it.”
She added, “I told them that I have a disease. As a brand, I endorse healthy products and a certain way of looks. I told them my brand was over. I told them that I was going for this treatment and I don’t know where this goes. They told me that we are in it with you and they have been with me wonderfully.”