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Ayushmann Khurana's putting up of a loving couples picture and speaking openly about his pain over wife Tahira Kashyap's breast cancer is inspiring. Especially in #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth.
Ayushmann Khurana’s putting up of a loving couples picture and speaking openly about his pain over wife Tahira Kashyap’s breast cancer is inspiring. Especially in #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth.
Ayushmann Khurana is the man of the hour. Not due to his back-to-back movie hits but for being an ideal husband who supports his spouse in her ups and also in her downs.
A picture is worth a thousand words. This natural click oozing this couple’s strong positive support to each other says it all.
The way Ayushmann has stood alongside Tahira Kashyap, his wife, as she battled with Ductal Carcinoma in her right breast, and the surgical removal of the same, has just upped the relationship goals for most.
In a country, where the girth of a woman’s mammary glands are the primary rating tools of her sexiness quotient, it is very heartening to see an Indian man talking openly about his pain over his wife’s hospitalization and her processing of her breast removal. Tahira’s trauma has changed his own perceptions and take on life.
Tahira Kashyap is the IT woman. Her posts have been dedicated to creating awareness about breast cancer. Her sparkling sense of humor comes through her Instagram posts. She talks about her procedure, about receiving a ‘badge of honour’, love for self, and gratitude for the universe.
She says that “this obstacle has given me a new definition of life. Respect its unpredictability and have the faith and courage to be the hero of your own drama of life. The invincible human spirit is God-like, gives you the courage to endure and the will to revive.” (And survive – I would like to add!)
She also cautions women of all ages to be aware of their bodies. She adds, “if any symptoms come up, think of it as a protective force and get yourselves examined.”
It is interesting to note Tahira’s choice of words – An obstacle – Nothing more, nothing less!
Does the loss of a breast or two make a woman lesser that she is, less confident, or less sure of her self? Especially, when we have the tendency to judge a person by her physical appearance often forgetting that a woman is more of a sum total of her attitude and vision?
Will the couple’s intimacy suffer, taking a toll on their sex life?
Not really, with the modern procedures and options available. Not if they feed off each other and are each other’s necessities. Because love has to transcend mere physical changes.
Most importantly, aren’t we women more than our D-cups?
Yes, sometimes a cup of woes runneth over. But with a strong self-love, resilience and a belief that a breast or lack of it doesn’t define us will help a survivor cope with the changes in her body.
Ayushmann Khurana and Tahira Kashyap couldn’t have chosen a more opportune moment to speak up to change the deep-rooted perceptions as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. When the acknowledgment comes from a leading Tinsel Town man, it drives home the point further and legitimises it.
The caption of their loving click, shared by Ayushmann read, ”’I’ll be fine,’ she said.”
Tahira, the sky is the limit for brave women like you. Your positivity and your vibrant spirit are inspirational.
Here’s wishing a great life to this much-in-love, weathered couple.
Also hoping for more Indian Ayushmanns!
Image source: Instagram
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