The fierce fighter Tahira Kashyap Khurrana is a cancer survivor who has time and again raised her voice to create awareness embracing her flaws as well as encouraging everyone to do so. Marking the occasion of World Cancer Day, Tahira took to social media to pen a heartfelt poem reciting her journey fighting through the battle of scars and emerging as a precedent for many others, whilst creating awareness for breast cancer.
In 2018, Tahira Kashyap Khurrana was diagnosed with Stage 1a Breast Cancer, the valiant warrior has been vocal about her disease proving to be an inspiration to many others who are suffering silently. Encouraging women to embrace themselves with their scars as the badges of honour, Tahira Kashyap Khurrana shared a video on her social media.
The video features Tahira reciting a poem she penned,”Some scars are deep, some within.
Some are seen, while some are hidden.
The thing about scars is, it reminds you of the past,
The moments of suffering that you thought would forever last.
But there’s more these goddamn scars,
They’re secrets in far away, just like stars.
It’s the truth which you don’t see with your naked eye.
Oblivious to the functioning of the world, a blatant lie.
But hear me, there’s more to the scar,
It also talks about the fight, the resilience and your invincible power.
My love and respect to those who fought,
The treacherous battlefield that some crossed, while some got lost.
But the thing with the health karma is that everyone is a winner,
For it’s the fight that counts, whether you’re an expert or a beginner.
The fight with cancer is not just physical but also mental,
Some battles are more tough to conquer especially if they’re internal.
But hear me again, we all have that fighter which has the universe’s might.
The indomitable spirit that can’t be crushed by any fright.
Hide not your scars my love, show them, flaunt them, just like your bright smile, soothing to other eyes.
And when you do that time and again giving people nowhere to run and hide,
They will have to fall in love with your badge of honour, your prize.
So hear me one last time, fall in love with yourself, all with dusks, scars and cry,
That’s what makes you you.
Faulty, imperfect, blemished, but all true.
So let me hear you say on this day, this year 2021, loud and shrill,
Commit yourself to spreading awareness about early breast cancer detection,
Say it, say it with me this year’s theme- I AM AND I WILL.”
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Tahira Kashyap Khurrana, is a best selling author, a columnist, a film director and also a cancer survivor. She is a source of inspiration and is a celebrated icon for women empowerment.
Recently, Tahira joined hands with Ekta Kapoor and Guneet Monga to commence a cinema collective- Indian Women Rising, providing a platform to promote and accentuate content created by Indian female filmmakers across the globe.