Canxiety & ChemoCurls: Tahira Kashyap,Sonali Bendre’s Cancer Lingo

Actress Sonali Bendre and filmmaker Tahira Kashyap, spoke about their cancer journeys, their struggles and the new things they learnt while battling the disease.

During an interactive session "We The Women Conclave", held on Sunday, 1 November, the two cancer survivors in conversation with Barkha Dutt, brought up ‘canxiety’, a new term they had picked up post-diagnosis.

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Elaborating the meaning of the word, Tahira said: "Diagnosis of cancer was fine, but the idea of surgery and a scar was worrying. Somebody had written to me a term called canxiety. It was an amazing term because when the time for that scan comes the anxiety that starts building up is canxiety."

Sonali added: "For me, I didn't feel negative at that point in time. It wasn't very life-altering. But it has altered a lot of people around me in dynamic ways. I have to confess, I didn't think of any god when I got to know about cancer. I turned to myself, that made me believe God is within you."

Tahira Kashyap who was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy, ended up losing her hair as a result of the harsh treatment. She refers to her new hair — coming back in curls — as “chemo-curls’’.

Tahira Kashyap, Breast cancer survivor“When the hair come back, they are curly. Its funny but I am liking it. I always had wavy hair.”

Kashyap also called her cancer journey a ‘life-changing experience’, adding that anyone who goes through such an ordeal is a warrior".

Speaking at the same event, Lisa Ray opened up about her cancer diagnosis while discussing her new book Close To The Bone.

Talking about her initial reaction to her diagnoses she said, "My doctor was scared because after he announced to me that I had multiple myeloma, I didn’t react. Then I got this strongest possible message. Intuitively, I knew something was wrong. But I didn’t have the courage to do anything, because I was trained to ignore what my body was telling me.”

Lisa Ray“Even though he said it was incurable and fatal. In my mind, I was thinking that my body has been trying to give me signals for months, and I was ignoring them.”

(Written with inputs from IANS)

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