There are 2.5 million people in India who are living with cancer. One of the most shocking facts is that in every 8 minutes, a woman dies of cervical cancer in India. Fighting a battle against cancer is some serious business, as it takes more than just medicines to win this war. It takes a whole lot of courage and motivation.
Our celebrities might be living a great life, but before anything else, they are also humans like us. They suffer from the same kind of diseases and adversities. Get to know the inspiring stories of these celebrities who have battled cancer.
- Yuvraj Singh
We can’t start without mentioning Yuvraj and his battle with lung cancer. It was in the middle of the World Cup 2011 when Yuvraj started having symptoms of lung cancer. It was later diagnosed that he was suffering from stage-1 lung cancer and was taken for a chemotherapy session in the USA. Fortunately, he was able to recover by the end of 2012 and returned back to the play his favorite game.
- Anurag Basu
SourceIt was in 2004 when he was diagnosed with leukemia (blood cancer) and was informed by his doctors that he only had a 50 % chance of survival. He fought the disease with utmost will and directed movies like Life In A Metro and Gangster during his treatment.
SourceMumtaz is still known for her timeless beauty and has certainly inspired a lot of Indian women. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 (when she was 54). Later, she underwent 35 radiations and 6 chemotherapy sessions as her treatment lasted for as long as eleven years. She followed a strict fitness regime to get back in shape and is still considered a living legend.
“I don’t give up easily. Even death will have to fight me,” she said in an interview with Bangalore Times during her treatment.
- Feroz Khan
SourceThe renowned Indian actor was last seen in Welcome. It was in 2009 when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. After giving it a tough fight, he demised later that year in Bangalore.
- Liza Ray
SourceThe model-turned-actor was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2009. It is a rare disease and is associated with the plasma cells that are present in our bone marrow. The rare condition can be minimized, but is not curable. Though in 2010, she was successfully treated, but it changed Ray’s life for sure.
- Namrata Singh Gujral
SourceThe Indian American actress was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, when she was just 32. She fought against the disease with the whole of her heart, which changed her outlook towards life. Later, she directed the renowned documentary 1 a Minute and became the president of the UniGlobe Entertainment.
- Barbara Mori
SourceThough Barbara is not of Indian origin, but she won our hearts when she made her debut in Bollywood with Kites. The Mexican beauty was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and has been working for cancer awareness ever since.
- Manisha Koirala
SourceWe all know her captivating story. At the age of 42, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and moved to New York for her treatment. She had to fight against the dreadful disease for years, but didn’t lose her spirit at all. She is currently working hard to spread awareness regarding cancer and is indeed an inspiration to all.
There are also celebrities like Saif Ali Khan (suffered a heart attack in 2007) and Hrithik Roshan (got a brain clot in 2013) who have inspired us and made us realize that life is indeed pretty short. It can take us by surprise at any moment. Live it to the best and have no regrets!