Lisa Ray is suffering from Multiple Myeloma, a rare and incurable cancer of the white blood cells. She revealed the tragic news on her blog, The Yellow Diaries.
The 37-year-old actress, who started her career with modeling and first made her debut in Bollywood in 2001 with the film Kasoor has left her friends, colleagues and fans shocked and concerned. Here are some excerpts from Lisa's blog…
On September 3, she wrote: I've started this blog to give people an insight into my life. The yellow diaries will be a place where I write about my personal joureney.
On September 8, she posted: I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma on June 23rd and started my treatment on July 2nd…not long ago.
More excerpts: For me, it was a relief to hear what was wrong. The plasma cells in my bone marrow were rampaging, multiplying, sqeezing out the red blood cells and it was time to begin doing something about it. You just know when something is kosher with your body. When I got the news, I didn't react and didn't cry. I am an actress, believe me, I can be dramatic," she adds.
My bone marrow started sending me messages a few months ago, she wrote. It was then that the actress decided to undergo a medical examination.
Lisa, who had also been voted as 'The Most Beautiful Woman of the Millenium' is currently in Canada. She was most recently seen in Deepa Mehta's Water, where she played a young widow. Lisa also plays a lesbian in Shamim Sharif's I Can't Think Straight, which is due for release on September 11.
Lisa, who has attached herself to various causes through her career, now plans to focus the spotlight to Myeloma and cancer awareness. "I am going to do everything I can to create awareness on cancer," she says.
The actress has managed to keep herself optimistic despite the tragic discovery. She hopes and believes that she can be cured. In her words: "I believe it can be cured. That's the dirty realist in me."