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Cancer survivor Lisa Ray reveals she lost her job when her hair fell out after chemo

Cancer survivor Lisa Ray reveals she lost her job when her hair fell out after chemo

A throwback photo of Lisa Ray. (courtesy: lisaniray)

New Delhi:

Cancer survivor Lisa Ray, in her latest piece for People of Bombay, talked about her struggle, her recovery and how life changed after cancer. Lisa’s post was shared on National Cancer Awareness Day (November 7). Lisa Ray, who was diagnosed with cancer of the plasma of the bone marrow, began her message with these words: “‘How are you? Your red blood cell count is so low you could go into cardiac arrest any moment!’ That’s what my doctor said when she first saw my blood test report. I had been suffering from fatigue for months. And a few tests later, another doctor said, “You have cancer of the plasma of the bone marrow.” That’s when I stopped for the first time in years and took a deep breath. I’d always been on the road. But while part of me was living on the red carpet, the other was craving spiritual peace – extreme ends! Like, I wanted to write a book It helped me connect with myself. But with work I’ve never been able to do it.”

“But Cancer changed things,” wrote Lisa Ray, explaining how she felt to be “close to death” during her stem cell surgery and then be “reborn.” She added: “My stem cell surgery felt like I was close to death and being reborn. But it helped me appreciate the life I had. I remember writing a blog about what it’s like to live with cancer. Coming out of Asian cultures felt cathartic. People also appreciated my honesty. Somehow we all found courage in acceptance.”

After her treatment, Lisa Ray revealed that she lost her job on a travel broadcaster as a host just because she lost her hair during the chemo sessions. “After my treatment, I once tried to wear a wig to a public event, but I thought it was ridiculous. I said to myself ‘Remove it’ and went completely bald. It was all over the headlines, but more than that, it was the most liberating thing I’d ever done But the media wasn’t always nice After the chemo I did a travel show with short hair I called it a “chemo cut” But the station replaced me They wanted a girl with ‘long’ hair. It was heartbreaking,” read an excerpt from her post.

3 years later after her recovery, the model actor relapsed. She wrote about her road to recovery in her post, adding: “But soon I went into remission only to relapse 3 years later. By then everything was different. I got married. Once. My body told me what I had to do and I listened I went for a 3 week transformation program I meditated, drank juices, ate sprouts and introspected. I healed inside. And within months I beat cancer again and without the stem cell surgery! It’s now 9 years since a lot has happened. I’ve made more movies, written a book, raised cancer awareness, had children and did the unthinkable: I found the courage to start an art platform.”

She signed her message with the following words: “It’s ironic how a disease that usually means the end of us has completely changed my life and made me more alive than anything else has ever done.”

Read Lisa Ray’s post for Humans Of Bombay here:

Lisa Ray is best known for her role in Deepa Mehta’s Water. She also starred in Kasoor, Veerappan and dobaara. Lisa Ray starred in TV shows like Endgame, Top Chef Canada, Murdoch Mysteries, Blood Ties and Four more pictures please!. She was last seen in the third season of Four more pictures please!starring Sayani Gupta, Bani J, Kirti Kulhari, Maanvi Gagroo and Prateik Babbar.

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