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I Truly Embrace All My Scars As They Are My Badges Of Honour: Tahira Kashyap

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  •  February 4, 2019

Last September, Tahira Kashyap, wife of actor Ayushmann Khurrana, was diagnosed with stage 0 breast cancer. After posting about it on social media, she was lauded by many for the strength and spirit that she possessed through the journey. In yet another post on World Cancer Day, she shares an empowering picture of her surgery scar, asking people to remove the stigma or taboo associated with it.

This strong-willed woman who has been hailed for her positive attitude towards cancer wrote in her first post that, “There is nothing that human spirit can’t do” and also shared how Ayushmann has been her source of strength as she battled through breast cancer.

An opportunity to give competition to the Kardashians just went wasted! A week back I mentioned about ‘my badge of honour’ that I was going to receive. And I did and am happy to share about it with the intention of it being received with love. As that’s the only reason I am posting it. Love for self and gratitude for the universe. The picture might be disturbing for some, but these drains have become my dumbells for a few days. I was detected with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) in my right breast with high grade malignant cells. Simply put stage 0 cancer/ pre-cancerous stage, with cancer cells multiplying in a contained area. The result I have become a half Indian version of Angelina Jolie (since only one breast was involved)! I told my doctor now is the time to give some competition to the Kardashians since Pamela is passé. But no one listened to me, so now I have a portion of my back tissue in my breast. Perhaps now I can do chin-ups with my breasts! Jokes apart, this obstacle has given me a new definition of life. Respect it’s unpredictability and have the faith and courage to be the hero of your own drama of life. The invincible human spirit is God like, gives you the courage to endure and the will to revive. There is nothing that human spirit can’t do. Also I want women of all ages to be aware. I am 35, and I was returned twice over from a mammogram. If any symptoms come up, think of it as a protective force and get yourselves examined. Also we are so obsessed with boobs. This mastectomy has left me with even more self love! Big, small, left or right inclined , gravity pulling or defying, or even none, each breast the presence or lack of it has a story to tell. Mine has made me a 2.0 version of myself! This post is dedicated to awareness, self love and resilience of a warrior that I know each one of us possesses❤️ #breastcancerawareness #selflove #determination #faith #bodhisattva #bodhisattvaoftheearth

27.1k Likes, 773 Comments – tahirakashyapkhurrana (@tahirakashyap) on Instagram: “An opportunity to give competition to the Kardashians just went wasted! A week back I mentioned…”

Today as she shares another post on World Cancer Day, Tahira wrote on Instagram, “Today is my day! Wish you all a happy #worldcancerday and hope each one of us celebrates this day in an embracing way. That we remove any stigma or taboo associated with it. That we spread awareness about it and that we have self love no matter what. I truly embrace all my scars as they are my badges of honour.”

“There is nothing known as perfect. Happiness lies in truly accepting yourself. This was a tough one for me. But this picture was my decision as I want to celebrate not the disease but the spirit with which I endured. To quote my mentor, Diasaku Ikeda, “Leading an undefeated life is eternal victory. Not being defeated, never giving up, is actually a greater victory than winning, not being defeated means having the courage to rise to the challenge. However many times we’re knocked down, the important thing is we keep getting up and taking one step-even a half step- forward”.”

Today is my day! Wish you all a happy #worldcancerday and hope each one of us celebrates this day in an embracing way. That we remove any stigma or taboo associated with it. That we spread awareness about it and that we have self love no matter what. I truly embrace all my scars as they are my badges of honour. There is nothing known as perfect. Happiness lies in truly accepting yourself. This was a tough one for me. But this picture was my decision as I want to celebrate not the disease but the spirit with which I endured. To quote my mentor, Diasaku Ikeda, “Leading an undefeated life is eternal victory. Not being defeated, never giving up, is actually a greater victory than winning, not being defeated means having the courage to rise to the challenge. However many times we’re knocked down, the important thing is we keep getting up and taking one step-even a half step- forward” #worldcancerday #breastcancerawareness #breastcancerwarrior #turningkarmaintomission #boddhisatva Thanks @atulkasbekar for this one❤️

59.7k Likes, 1,641 Comments – tahirakashyapkhurrana (@tahirakashyap) on Instagram: “Today is my day! Wish you all a happy #worldcancerday and hope each one of us celebrates this day…”

Post recovery, Tahira shaved her head, ditching her hair extensions, because she was tired of them and she also walked the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week on Sunday where she wore an all-white ensemble sporting the new look.

H/T: The Times Of India

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