Sonali Bendre, battling cancer, misses Ganesh Puja at home


Every year Sonali Bendre welcomes Ganesh idol at home in Mumbai but this year she is away from her home undergoing cancer treatment in New York. Sonali Bendre is deeply missing Ganesh Chaturthi festival and she speaks her heart out sharing a picture of her son Ranveer celebrating the festival back home.

Taking to Instagram, she wrote, “#GaneshChaturthi has always been very very close to my heart. Missing the celebrations back home, but still feeling blessed. Have a happy one, filled with blessings, love and joy!” the actress caption the picture of her son Ranveer dressed in a crisp green kurta doing Ganpati’s aarti.

In July, Sonali Bendre announced that she is suffering from ‘high grade’ cancer.

She revealed her diagnosis in an emotional post. “Sometimes, when you least expect it, life throws you a curveball. I have recently been diagnosed with a high grade cancer that has metastised, which we frankly did not see coming. A niggling pain led to some tests, which led to this unexpected diagnosis. My family and close friends have rallied around me, providing the best support system that anyone can ask for. I am very blessed and thankful for each of them… I’m taking this battle head on, knowing I have the strength of my family and friends behind me,” she had written.

Earlier in a long post, the doting mother also revealed how she broke the news of her disease to her son and how he took it so maturely.

“As much as we wanted to protect him, we knew it was important to tell him the full facts. We’ve always been open and honest with him and this time it wasn’t going to be different. He took the news so maturely… and instantly became a source of strength and positivity for me. In some situations now, he even reverses roles and takes on being the parent, reminding me of things I need to do!,” she had written in her post. “I believe that it’s imperative to keep kids involved in a situation like this. They are a lot more resilient than we give them credit for. It’s important to spend time with them and include them, rather than make them wait on the side-lines, not being told yet instinctively knowing everything. In our effort to protect them from the pain and realities of life, we might end up doing the opposite,” she added.