Popular television and film actor Rajeev Khandelwal, who lost his mother to cancer a few months ago, believes the thought of seeing a loved one battle with cancer is an experience perhaps scarier than the disease itself. The 42-year-old actor told IANS over the phone from Mumbai “Cancer is not very scary, but the thought of someone close to you going through cancer is scarier.”
But he said the fight against the disease needs persistence, patience and strength from the person suffering it. “It does not matter how much support one gets from the world… Unless the patient is not motivated and strong enough to fight the disease (it is tough). You can beat any disease as long as you are positive from inside and have the will to live,” added the Aamir actor.
Rajeev’s mother Vijay Laxmi Khandelwal passed away in May after her one and a half year long battle with cancer. So, learning from his mother’s experience, Rajeev said: “Nobody in this world can help you if you don’t fight.” Rajeev, who is currently seen hosting a talk show Juzz Baat on Zee TV, had shared the news of his mother’s demise a while ago on his Twitter account in an emotional post.
In recent times, actors Irrfan Khan and Sonali Bendre have been diagnosed with severe diseases. While Irrfan is battling against a neuroendocrine tumour and getting treated in London, Sonali is undergoing a metastatic cancer treatment in New York. Both of them have received prayers and blessings from the film fraternity, friends, family members and fans.
My mom passed away day before yesterday after a year n a half long fight with cancer. We fought together, we hoped together but we couldn’t come out of it together. I and my family are fine and have come to terms wth it. She now lives within me.
— Rajeev Khandelwal (@RK1610IsMe) May 18, 2018
Rajeev too has a message for them. Praying for Irfan and Sonali’s speedy recovery, Rajeev said: “As I have done a show Reporter with Goldie Behl (producer and Sonali’s husband), so I know a little about Sonali on a personal level. She is a strong person and so is Irrfan.
“They should forget about drawing support from people. The world is with you and will support you for sure. What’s important is to maintain a positive outlook. As long as you are not giving up, the disease will not take you away.”