Manisha Koirala gets her first chemotherapy done

Bollywood came under a spell of shock when it was announced that Manisha Koirala was detected with ovarian cancer. The actress was rushed to USA to start her treatment immediately.

She was first hospitalized in Mumbai that led to all sorts of speculations about her ill-health. Without making any announcements to the Indian media, she got transported to USA. She first underwent a surgery in New York in December, 2012. Her manager had announced then, “Manisha underwent a surgery on Monday at around 9 am. I got a message from her family members and they said it was a successful surgery."

He also added saying, “Manisha's mother, father and her brother are by her side. One of her close friends is also there with her.”

Now she has undergone her first chemo session. Before undergoing it the actress confessed that she was nervous but also said that she was prepared to face the challenge. She had tweeted, “Today is my first chemo... between being nervous of unknown and courage to face the challenge, I am in a state of prayer and in gratitude of the support I have received from mom, dad, Koi, (sister-in-law) Yulia... though she is far but her love and prayers do touch me.”

She also added, “And so many other loving friends and family... thank you for your love and prayers. Nothing else is more important than love and care. Thank you... until next time.”

Even when she was diagnosed with cancer she showed strength of character by tweeting, “I have had a beautiful life so far and I know, whatever will happen will all be good. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers…I am writing this as a request – please no sadness, I have told my closest friends and family too. This is part of life.”

The actress also thanked Lisa Ray, who suffered from the same disease, but overpowered it courageously. Lisa has now settled down with her long-time boyfriend Jason Dehni, who is a philanthropist and banking executive. Manisha Koirala got her hair chopped off and tweeted about it saying, “Got a chemo cut...thank you Lisa ray for this term. In fact thank you for your blog, thank you for your honesty and boldness...god bless you..”

Since news broke that the actress has been diagnosed with cancer her co-star and friend Salman Khan and her other friends from Bollywood also have extended their support to the actress. The two have done three films together- “Sangdil Sanam” (1994), “Majhdaar” (1996) and “Khamoshi” (1996)- and therefore their friendship too is quite strong. Actor Govinda and his wife Sunita have also been in constant touch with the actress’s family.