Model-turned-actress Lisa Ray has been diagnosed with cancer. Best known for her films Kasoor, Bollywood/Hollywood and Water, she has been out of the limelight for sometime now.
She is now in news for her blog, The Yellow Diaries, where she revealed that she is suffering from Multiple Myeloma, an incurable cancer of white blood cells. On the 8th of September she wrote, "I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma on June 23rd.
It begins - Sept 6, 2009
>> The yellow diaries will be a place where I write about my personal journey.
From the Marrow - Sept 7
>> A few months ago my bone marrow started sending me messages.
>> The signals: I was always exhausted, pale, drained, and completely depleted of red blood cells.
>> The lack of oxygen made me a serial yawner and spacier than a displaced Czarina.
>> I couldn't hear my marrow gently carbonating. Trying to get my attention. Instead of tuning in to my body, I tuned out like a landlocked pirate tuning out the sounds of the sea.
>> Then I stopped travelling and returned to Canada. Got myself tested, landed in emergency and eventually got full membership into the Cancer Club. That's how I found out I have Multiple Myeloma. I'm just finally listening to my marrow.
>> I asked around if I should speak openly about getting diagnosed recently with Multiple Myeloma. Some advised me to keep my 'condition' a secret as it could negatively affect my career. Buh? I'm plumper, redder, more energetic and wily than ever before- Kiss me like I've been kidnapped!
Gently Carbonating - Sept 8
>> Gently Carbonating is fun in Orange. I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma on June 23rd. Started my first cycle of treatment July 2nd. Not long ago.
>> For me, it was a relief to hear what was wrong.
>> It was time to begin doing something about it. I was tired of being tired all the time. And you just know when something is not kosher with your body.
>> First the facts. Myeloma is incurable. It's a relatively rare cancer of the bone marrow that affects about 6000 Canadians. Every year, approximately 2100 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.
>> In the industry I'm in, you could say, its motive alone that gives character to your acting. 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. I'm going to listen to my marrow. Again.
(From THE YELLOW DIARIES on lisaraniray.wordpress.com)