Tahira Kashyap, a filmmaker and actor Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife, has been giving major goals of a strong and beautiful woman ever since she battled out breast cancer. In September 2018, Tahira took to Instagram to announce that she is being treated with breast cancer and and has undergone a mastectomy procedure. While she has always been open about her struggle and inspired many other people with her positive attitude towards life, Tahira now revealed how her son reacted when he saw her bald for the first time.
While talking to a website, Tahira said, "On emotional note, you never know how you are going to react until the situations comes. So, when I started going for my chemo, I knew I will lose my hair and I had kept one wig ready, lots of scarfs ready, of different colors. I had kept everything ready because I wasn't ready to go bald. I had never imagined myself bald, not even short hair. I came from the school of thought where beauty meant long hair but that was old me. But there was one day when the extensions couldn't hold on to the humble strands of hair I had on my head. So one day I had to decide to shave it off.”
She further added, "When my son saw, he was like, 'I have seen men go bald, why did it have to happen to my mother? He told me not to meet his friends but I did exactly that, I met them and after spending 15-20 minutes, they knew all is normal. That day I redefined beauty for them."
Recently Tahira also opened up about her journey with Humans Of Bombay and set the bars high of how positive and inspirational a person can be for others. The moment Tahira shared the post of Humans Of Bombay in which she chronicled her battle with cancer, husband Ayushmann Khurrana showered her with love emojis in the comments.
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❤️🙏 ... Repost from @officialhumansofbombay - “I was a closeted writer, afraid to explore her passion. I’d studied biotechnology & then mass communication.When I moved to Mumbai I worked as a professor & even in PR & radio. In my heart I wanted to write & make films. But I didn’t want to be an actor’s wife doing things on a whim. So I hustled in the day but cried at night. It continued until I came across Nicherin’s Buddhism–a philosophy that gave me wings to fly! It was tough but it didn’t seem impossible anymore. I started writing & even made a short film! I remember my film made it to a film festival in Taiwan. So I went there with my husband & at the airport, as usual we were looking for someone standing with my husbands name. But he took my hand & pointed at a man holding a placard that said ‘Tahira Kashyap’. I had finally found my own identity! Just when things were good, life threw a curveball at me. One of my breasts had started feeling heavier & there was some secretion. So I went to the gynecologist, who after an ultrasound suggested I meet an oncologist. I got more tests done & in a few days I went from being under a 2% risk to having stage 0 Breast cancer. I underwent a 6 hour long surgery, where they removed & reconstructed my breast. But it wasn’t over–after one pending biopsy report, we realised that I was at stage 1 cancer. I’d to undergo 12 sessions of chemotherapy. It took a toll on my body & I started losing my hair. But that didn’t stop me. Everyday I went to office, I told myself that this doesn’t define or weaken me. My faith helped me embrace it. I went bald, I even posted pictures of my scar–it was my badge of honour. I remember my 7 year old son was embarrassed because I was bald. He told me not to come in front of his friends. But I didn’t want that. So I went & met all his friends, they gaped for a bit, but were normal later. I think I redefined ‘normal’ & ‘beautiful’ for my son that day. I am happy & full of gratitude. I am determined to spread awareness about early detection of breast cancer & follow my passion by overcoming any curve balls thrown my way. I’ve made it my mission to love myself & to live”