I had only 30% chances of survival, reveals cancer-stricken Sonali Bendre


Sonali Bendre was diagnosed with high-grade cancer and her husband Goldie Behl took her to New York for treatment. The actress was not convinced with the idea of going to New York for treatment but Goldie did not listen to her and took her to New York. At that stage, Sonali had the least knowledge that she has high-grade cancer and had only 30% chances of survival.

She said: “I didn’t want to go to New York. It was my husband who wanted to go. And I fought with him all through the flight. ‘Why are you doing this? We have good doctors here. Why are you taking me away?’ My home, my life... in three days, we literally just packed and left and, I don’t know, what was happening. I was like let’s, at least, speak to the doctors here and he was just quiet through the whole thing and focussed. In the day, he was organising and, in the night, as New York was wake; so he was organising, so day and night--he was at that. So I got him and actually cribbed about the whole thing, on the flight. Through the flight, I have cribbed; I was really venting.

I land in New York and next day, we go to the doctor. He looks at everything and we had sent all our tests and he says, you know, it is fourth stage and you have 30% chance of survival. That really hit me; I just turned to Goldie and I remember saying: ‘Thank God, you got me here’. Goldie always says that ‘tomorrow I’d rather feel I over-reacted, over-spent than under-reacted and have that regret that I should have done that’. There was no time for it and we were not told that it was fourth stage but Goldie had started reading about it and he was suspecting it.”

Sonali Bendre courageously defeated cancer and she is fine today and got back to work but she had to visit her doctor in New York for regular check-up.