Actor Sonali Bendre shared a video on her Instagram handle, recalling her cancer journey when she revisited the same hospital where she was treated. The clip featured photos of her and her husband Goldie Behl sitting on a chair in a hospital. She remembered the time she sat in that chair during her chemotherapy sessions. Also read: Sonali Bendre on Beating Cancer: ‘I’m Grateful to Watch My Child Grow Up’
She shared the video, writing: “This chair, this view, this exact same place…4 years later. From sheer terror to constant hope, so much has changed and yet so much remains the same. It was surreal sitting there and seeing patients go in and I could see I had been on a similar journey… saw the chemotherapy suite, same waiting room, faces were different… I felt like telling the patients there is HOPE, and I’m there on the other end and look at me today, I’ve come in to visit the other end of the spectrum.”
She added: “It was, as you can guess, a very bittersweet, emotional day. I stepped outside, looked my son in the eye, with the sun on my face and thanked the universe for everything.”
Shweta Bachchan Nanda commented, “I’m sending you lots of love.” One fan wrote, “A warrior and a survivor,” and another said, “You have given many hopes.”
Sonali announced the news of her metastatic cancer in a tweet in 2018. In a statement, she wrote: “Sometimes, when you least expect it, life throws you a curveball. I was recently diagnosed with a high-grade cancer that is metastasized, which to be honest we didn’t see coming. A gnawing pain led to some tests, which led to this unexpected diagnosis. My family and close friends have gathered around me and provided the best support system anyone could ask for. I am very blessed and thankful for each of them.”
Sonali made her acting debut with the 1994 film Aag. She had her first big hit with the action-romance Diljale (1996). She later appeared in such films as Major Saab (1998), Zakhm (1998), Sarfarosh (1999), Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999) and Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000), among others. She has judged many reality shows such as India’s Best Dramebaaz, Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz, India’s Got Talent and Indian Idol. She made her OTT debut last month with Zee5’s show The Broken News.