A serious disease can leave your world topsy-turvy, but strength lies in facing it with positivity. Popular Indian television actress Chhavi Mittal has opened up about her breast cancer diagnosis via a moving Instagram post, in which she has also applauded breast cancer survivors for being true-blue warriors.
The actress, known for television shows such as Ghar Ki Lakshmi Betiyaan and
Bandini, received a whole lot of love and wishes from her friends and colleagues.
The long note, addressed to “Dear breasts”, read, “This is an appreciation post for you. The first time I noticed your magic was when you gave me immense pleasure… But your importance peaked when you fed both my babies. Today it’s my turn to stand by you when one of you fights cancer.”
Acknowledging that it’s “not the best thing to happen”, she added, “But it doesn’t have to bog my spirits down. It’s not going to be easy, but it doesn’t have to be tough. I might not look the same again, but it doesn’t have to make me feel different.”
Chhavi, an actor, writer and mom of two, did a “big cheer” for all breast cancer
survivors. “You have no idea how much inspiration I draw from you today. And also, for those of you who already know, thank you for being so supportive. Every call you make, every message you send, every visit you pay me, is appreciated no end and that’s all that makes a difference.”
Her post drew immense support from her industry friends, who hailed her for being a fighter, While some sent “healing energies” her way, some called her a “personification of strength”.
Check out her Instagram post right here!
In an interview to Hindustan Times, Chhavi has revealed that she felt a breast lump around twenty days ago, after which she went in for a medical diagnosis. She cried a whole lot when she was asked to go in for a biopsy, and had “traumatic sleepless nights” before it. “That was an emotional struggle for me. It got me prepared,” Mittal added.
Over the days, Chhavi has embraced what is beyond her control. “My reaction towards it is not distress. I try finding solutions,” added the actress, who has been interacting with cancer survivors, cancer specialists, and plastic surgeons to calm the storm in her mind and heart.
In her heart, she knows “we all have to fight”, but adds, “The only choice I’ve given myself is either I fight it crying and lose the quality of life or fight with positivity and give it the best energy I can. I chose the latter one!”
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as many as 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer, leading to 685,000 deaths globally, in 2020. Some more statistics reveal that at the end of 2020, there were 7.8 million women alive who were diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 5 years, making it the world’s most prevalent cancer.
Over the past few years, several women in popular culture across the world have opened up about their struggle with various forms of cancer. Yesteryear actress Mumtaz to writer-director Tahira Kashyap Khurrana, Sonali Bendre, Kirron Kher, Lisa Ray are just some of the names who are known to have had a tryst with cancer.