Sonali Bendre has taken to social media to confirm that she has been diagnosed with “high-grade” cancer.

In a moving post, she said that she was currently in New York undergoing a course of treatment. Despite the tragic news, Bendre put on a strong front and thanked her friends and family for sticking by her during this testing time.

Incidentally, Bendre had abruptly quit ZEE TV’s show ‘India’s Best Dramebaaz’ and was replaced with Huma Qureshi. At the time, a reason was not given for her exit from the reality show.

Her post on Instagram read as follows:

Sometimes, when you least expect it, life throws you a curveball. I have recently been diagnosed with a high grade cancer that has metastised, which we frankly did not see coming. A niggling pain led to some tests, which led to this unexpected diagnosis. My family and close friends have rallied around me, providing the best support system that anyone can ask for. I am very blessed and thankful for each of them. There is no better way to tackle this, than to take swift and immediate action. And so, as advised by my doctors, I am currently undergoing a course of treatment in New York. We remain optimistic and I am determined to fight every step of the way. What has helped has been the immense outpouring of love and support I’ve received over the past few days, for which I am very grateful. I’m taking this battle head on, knowing I have the strength of my family and friends behind me.

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