Actress and reality show judge Sonali Bendre Behl was recently diagnosed with metastatic cancer. Bendre Behl has since moved to New York City for treatment and the actress is not letting her illness bog her down.

Bendre Behl has remained positive and active while in treatment in New York City. She recently celebrated her son’s 13th birthday, marking his journey into his teen years with a heartfelt message on social media. This was sadly the first birthday they were not able to spend together.

Her best friends Sussanne Khan and Gayatri Oberoi dropped to check in on her and spend some quality time traveling the city. Even Hrithik Roshan stopped by to visit.

Bendre Behl also acknowledged the toll chemotherapy is taking on her body and hair. She did so by posting a photo with her friends captioning it “This is me..” along with a lovely message about “switching on the sunshine” during these difficult times in her life.

This is me. And in this moment, I am really happy. People give me strange looks when I say that now, but it’s true and I’ll tell you why. I am now paying attention to every moment, looking for every opportunity to find joy and #SwitchOnTheSunshine. Yes, there are moments of pain and low energy, but I am doing what I like, spending time with people I love, and feeling very loved and happy. I am extremely grateful to my friends, my pillars of strength, who at a moment’s notice, arrived to be with me and help me through this. In between their busy schedules they find time to visit, call, message, FaceTime… basically never leaving a moment for me to feel alone. Thank you for showing me what true friendship is. #HappyFriendshipDay, ladies. Blessed to have you all in my life (including the ones not in the picture… You know who you are) @gayatrioberoi @suzkr P.S. Nowadays I spend far less time getting ready because I don’t have to fuss over my hair! 😜#BaldIsBeautiful #FindThePositive #OneDayAtATime Picture credit: @hrithikroshan

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Bendre Behl and her girl gang then held a Facebook live session while together for an impromptu Sonali’s Book Club meeting, extending the work of the digital book club Bendre Behl created. According to an Insta-story her adventures in the city she also did some shopping for books on Book Lovers Day. The actress shared that she is reading Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians,” the Singaporean novel that was just adapted to the big screen.

While her husband Goldie Behl has now returned to India for work, he has posted on social media that Bendre Behl’s cancer treatment has started off well with no complications and she is stable. With Bendre Behl’s positive attitude she is continues to be an inspiration to live every moment fully.

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