On ‘Cancer Survivor Day’, Ayushmann Khurrana‘s wife aka ‘warrior princess’ Tahira Kashyap who won her battle with cancer sent out a powerful message for all the brave souls fighting. This Cancer Survivor Day, she shared a video on Instagram where she boldly called her ‘scar’, a birthmark.

The video set in the backdrop of a hospital features Tahira laying on a hospital bed and surrounded by doctors. She starts by saying, “A small mark, a big meaning.” The one-minute twenty-seven-second clip carries a heavy message. Sharing the video, Tahira wrote, “I hope this video is taken in the right spirit. Not each of us has same cancer, or the same stage, or even the same circumstances”.

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I hope this video is taken in the right spirit. Not each of us has the same cancer, or the same stage, or even the same circumstances. But what is same within each of us, is the burning fire to survive, the hope to cheat any ultimatum given to us, the invincible human spirit which gives us the courage to endure and the will to revive, the resilience of a warrior… and all this sums up to the unlimited human potential that we all possess. I hope this video will help tap into that reservoir of positivity, hope and courage. I salute people who are enduring, they for me are the warriors. I salute those who have crossed the bridge, they for me are the survivors, I salute those who succumbed, they for me are the bravest soldiers. I salute the friends and families of those inflicted with the disease, they for me are the precious support system. I bow my head to respect the unpredictability of life and I raise my head with determination to deal with it too. In all, I want to keep a joyous spirit and wish the same for you. #cancersurvivorsday #breastcancerawareness #selflove #birthmark @blush_channel #unblushed @sandhyadaisysundaram #vidushitiwari #culturemachine

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She continued, “But what is same within each of us, is the burning fire to survive, the hope to cheat any ultimatum given to us, the invincible human spirit which gives us the courage to endure and the will to revive, the resilience of a warrior… and all this sums up to the unlimited human potential that we all possess”.

Tahira had earlier shared about Ayushmann’s reaction to her battling cancer. Talking to HT Brunch, Tahira shared, “I could see it was emotionally taxing for him. He maintained his calm while juggling between his professional and personal life. All with that wonderful smile. Only a real-life hero can do that. When I broke down on hearing about the mastectomy, Ayushmann told me, ‘are you crazy? you were okay with the malignant cancer, but when the doc is talking about its removal, you’re crying? that’s so silly!”.

Tahira, the bold woman she is, never shied away from sharing pictures and videos of her scars. The first picture of her scar was shared by the filmmaker on World Cancer Day, February 4, 2019. With a long catchy caption, Tahira won hearts of many.

 
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Today is my day! Wish you all a happy #worldcancerday and hope each one of us celebrates this day in an embracing way. That we remove any stigma or taboo associated with it. That we spread awareness about it and that we have self love no matter what. I truly embrace all my scars as they are my badges of honour. There is nothing known as perfect. Happiness lies in truly accepting yourself. This was a tough one for me. But this picture was my decision as I want to celebrate not the disease but the spirit with which I endured. To quote my mentor, Diasaku Ikeda, “Leading an undefeated life is eternal victory. Not being defeated, never giving up, is actually a greater victory than winning, not being defeated means having the courage to rise to the challenge. However many times we’re knocked down, the important thing is we keep getting up and taking one step-even a half step- forward” #worldcancerday #breastcancerawareness #breastcancerwarrior #turningkarmaintomission #boddhisatva Thanks @atulkasbekar for this one❤️

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Tahira was diagnosed with early signs of breast cancer in September, last year and has been open about her diagnosis and treatment over the months.

Meanwhile, Tahira, who directed a short feature film titled Toffee, has turned director for another film and will announce the title for the same soon.

(With inputs from ANI)