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What would you do if suddenly one day you were told that you had incurable cancer? It’s difficult to imagine what one would do in such a situation, but it is definitely not a happy prospect. Most people would shirk from the mere thought of it. But not beautiful Lisa Ray! Lisa has been diagnosed with an incurable form of bone marrow cancer. But the strong willed babe is fighting it with great spirit and determination.

37 year old Lisa recently wrote on her blog that she had been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in June this year. She also wrote that she has already completed the first round of medical therapy for her condition. Lisa has decided that she will not cower in the face of such grim reality. So she is busy with meetings, script hearing, events etc. In fact, she is busy attending the Toronto Film Festival at the moment! But her sickness is not what she wants to talk about at all. She has made it clear that whatever information about her cancer she wishes to share with people, will be put up on her official blog.

Lisa writes on her blog, “I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma on June 23. Started my first cycle of treatment July 2. Not long ago. For me, it was a relief to hear what was wrong. I was also tired of being tired all the time. And you just know when something is not kosher with your body.” Lisa shares her reaction on her blog and tells people that she neither wept nor engaged in dramatic histrionics. Talking about the cancer, she writes, “It’s a relatively rare cancer of the bone marrow that affects about 6000 Canadians. Every year, approximately 2,100 more cases are diagnosed. I’m a junior member in many ways, having been diagnosed at 37, while the average age is 65. Makes the disease not quite as ‘sexy’ as other cancers. But we can change that.”

It is common knowledge that medication for cancer has various side effects. Ranging from hair loss and balding to bloating, the side effects are depressing and emotionally exhausting. Here’s what Lisa writes about her experience with steroids, “On steroids: you are HUNGRY ALL THE TIME. I’ve always been fond of food, fought my battles with food (having been a model) and finally at 37 discovered balance. Until the ‘roids hit that is. It’s an entirely unique experience. When I’m on steroids, I can feel my skin stretch and expand and move in ways and sensations I haven’t felt before. I bloat up to three times my normal ’size’. It’s like putting on a wetsuit. Except its kinda permanent. Until you stop taking the ’roids. Then I deflate again.”

Lisa Ray, who is a Canadian citizen, was born to a Bengali father and a Polish mother. The first time she was seen by Indians, she was draped in a Bombay Dyeing towel for an advertisement at age 16. Apparently, she had been spotted by an agent while she was holidaying in India. Since then, there has been no looking back for the lovely lady. She has been included in the List of 50 Most Beautiful People and has been a very successful supermodel. She has also appeared in a handful of films in Hindi as well as English. Few people know it, but Lisa made her acting debut in a Tamil film!

Lisa feels that she can use her celebrity status to spread awareness about the form of cancer that she has been diagnosed with. She writes on her spunky blog, “Only with an ever expanding toolbox of treatments and awareness can this cancer be beat. So I’m going to do everything I can to wrench the spotlight onto Myeloma and Cancer Awareness. I believe it can be cured. That’s the Dirty Realist in me.”

We are amazed at Lisa’s strength and conviction and salute this Memsaab who has shown such resilience in the face of adversity. We hope and pray that Lisa beats the cancer and comes out of it as strong and lovely as ever. Good Luck Lisa!


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