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Sonali Bendre calls son Ranveer her strength as she battles cancer, shares new photo

In a new post, Sonali Bendre said 12-year-old son Ranveer is source of her positivity as she gets treatment for cancer. The actor also shared a photo with her son.

bollywood Updated: Jul 19, 2018 18:13 IST
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Sonali Bendre called son Ranveer her ‘strength’ as she fights cancer at a New York hospital. (Twitter)

Sonali Bendre is fighting cancer with a smile on her face and positivity in her outlook. In a new social media post, Sonali has now revealed that the source of her strength is her 12-year-old son, Ranveer. The actor spoke about her decision to tell her son about her cancer diagnosis and how he took it with “maturity”. Sonali was diagnosed with ‘high grade’ cancer that has metastised and is undergoing treatment in New York.

Sonali also shared a photo with Ranveer in which the mother-son duo look straight into the camera; the actor is wearing her hair even shorter than her last video revealed. “From the moment he was born 12 years, 11 months and 8 days ago, my amazing @rockbehl took ownership of my heart. From then on, his happiness and well-being have been the centre of anything @goldiebehl and I ever did. And so, when the Big C reared its ugly head, our biggest dilemma was what and how we were going to tell him,” Sonali says in her new post.

Sonali says that instead of trying to protect Ranveer from reality, she and husband Goldie Behl decided to be honest with him. “As much as we wanted to protect him, we knew it was important to tell him the full facts. We’ve always been open and honest with him and this time it wasn’t going to be different. He took the news so maturely… and instantly became a source of strength and positivity for me. In some situations now, he even reverses roles and takes on being the parent, reminding me of things I need to do!”

Sonali also reflected on the need to keep children involved in the situation rather than keeping them hanging. She adds in her post, “I believe that it’s imperative to keep kids involved in a situation like this. They are a lot more resilient than we give them credit for. It’s important to spend time with them and include them, rather than make them wait on the side-lines, not being told yet instinctively knowing everything. In our effort to protect them from the pain and realities of life, we might end up doing the opposite.”

She added that she is spending time with her son in New York now. “I’m spending time with Ranveer right now, while he’s on summer vacation. His madness and shenanigans help me #SwitchOnTheSunshine. And today, we derive strength from each other #OneDayAtATime.”

In an earlier post, the actor had quoted author Isabel Allende and said, “We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.”

Sonali had said that she is staying positive as she fights cancer. “Each day comes with its own challenges and victories and so for now, I’m taking this #OneDayAtATime. The only thing I’m trying to be consistent about is maintaining a positive outlook... literally #SwitchOnTheSunshine - it’s my way of dealing with this. Sharing my journey is also part of this process... I can only hope it reminds you that all is not lost and that someone, somewhere understands what you’re going through.”

A week before that, Sonali had revealed that she had cancer and was in the US to undergo treatment. “Sometimes, when you least expect it, life throws you a curveball. I have recently been diagnosed with a high grade cancer that has metastised, which we frankly did not see coming. A niggling pain led to some tests, which led to this unexpected diagnosis. My family and close friends have rallied around me, providing the best support system that anyone can ask for.”

She had also spoken about her treatment. “There is no better way to tackle this, than to take swift and immediate action. And so, as advised by my doctors, I am currently undergoing a course of treatment in New York. We remain optimistic and I am determined to fight every step of the way. What has helped has been the immense outpouring of love and support I’ve received over the past few days, for which I am very grateful. I’m taking this battle head on, knowing I have the strength of my family and friends behind me,” she added.

First Published: Jul 19, 2018 12:19 IST