Actress Sonali Bendre is inspiring many with her story of battling cancer. The actress was present at a conclave recently where she further spoke about building the courage to accept the illness and do something for herself. In her conversation, she talked about being the in-charge of her own story. She said that she decided to come out with her life story because she wanted to curb all other speculations and versions of her story. Sonali asserted that it took her time but when she came in terms with reality, she didn’t waste any moment.

Sonali was quoted by India Today saying, “I wanted to be the charge of my narrative from the start. When you are a public figure, there are so many narratives that it out there. And suddenly you lose hold of that narrative very quickly. It becomes a different thing altogether.”

The actress also revealed that she had to even take the help of a psychiatrist in New York when she was being treated for her illness there. Sonali said that she started blaming herself for her condition and wondered if she really was a negative person. Sonali explained, “Everyone said, ‘Your lifestyle was never like that. How did it happen to you?’ I actually thought that it was me doing something wrong and that I have caused it. I went to a psychiatrist in New York.”

She added “I was like, I don’t understand what is happening to me. I’m not a negative person, I have a lot of positive thoughts. Am I being delusional? Do I actually have negative thoughts and I am burying it so deep in my sub-conscience that I don’t realise it? I needed to understand what was happening to me.”

Sonali had announced that she has been diagnosed with high-grade cancer through Instagram. At the end of her post, she wrote, “I’m taking this battle head-on, knowing I have the strength of my family and friends behind me.” More power to her!