Irrfan Khan Fights Cancer: “The Unexpected Makes Us Grow” Irrfan Khan shared the beginning of his journey as he battles cancer

ACTOR Irrfan Khan was recently diagnosed with Neuroendocrine tumour and he shared his journey with his fans first through a Facebook post, and then through a heartfelt open letter in The Times of India.

“The suddenness made me realise how you are just a cork floating in the ocean with UNPREDICTABLE currents! And you are desperately trying to control it,” he said in his letter.

“This realisation made me submit,” he continued,  “surrender and trust, irrespective of the outcome, irrespective of where this takes me. For the first time, I felt what ‘freedom’ truly means. Time will tell if it stays, but that is how I feel as of now.”

Slamming all the rumours and speculations about his absence and hospital visits, he said, “Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease. In trying times, please don’t speculate as I will myself share with you my story.”

A couple of days later, he revealed in another Facebook post that learning he had been diagnosed with Neuroendocrine cancer was admittedly very difficult for him.

He also addressed the rumours of him being diagnosed with a ‘brain’ tumour, saying that Neuro need not always refer to the brain.

“To those who waited for my words, I hope to be back with more stories to tell,” he said as his treatment takes him out of the country.

Novelist, columnist, and his good friend Shobhaa De, in an unfeigned column for The Week, talked about Irrfan and his diagnosis and summarised her column with heartfelt prayers: “We await your triumphant return to movies and Mumbai, Irrfan Khan. I know you will be channeling your inner warrior and fighting the good fight valiantly. Till then, we pray for your swift recovery.”





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