Hamsa Nandini became a popular lady actress in Telugu Cinema, post her debut in Anumanaspadam. She made special appearances in Eega, Legend, Atharintiki Daaredi, Soggade Chinni Nayana, Bengal Tiger, Kittu Unnadu Jagratha. Not many people know that Hamsa Nandini had to battle with cancer. She fought with the disease and came out victorious. In a heart-wrenching yet inspiring account, actress Hamsa Nandini shared her battle with breast cancer on Women’s Day. The actress revealed that she was diagnosed with grade 3 carcinoma in July 2020, just as she resumed shooting for her film post-lockdown. Her mother had also battled breast cancer 18 years ago and unfortunately lost the fight.
Hamsa Nandini shared that the ghosts of her past, fear, confusion, and anxiety all visited her again upon diagnosis. After a series of scans and tests, she bravely underwent surgery, which removed the tumour. She also braved 16 cycles of chemotherapy which were needed even though there was no spread of cancer. At this point, it was assumed that the worst was over. However, the relief was short-lived as Hamsa Nandini tested positive for BRCA1 (Hereditary Breast Cancer), which meant she had a genetic mutation that almost guaranteed a 70% chance of another Breast Cancer throughout her life. The only way to mitigate the risk was through some very invasive prophylactic surgeries, which she underwent last year.
Despite the harsh treatments and a challenging prognosis, Hamsa Nandini made a few promises to herself, including not letting the disease define her life, fighting it with a smile, getting back on screen stronger, and telling her story to educate and inspire others. It’s been a year and a half since her diagnosis, and Hamsa Nandini has stuck to her promises. Hamsa Nandini attributes her healthy and fully alive state to three factors: early diagnosis, a supportive network of competent doctors and her family, and a positive mindset.
In November last year, Hamsa Nandini was back on the set to shoot for a film. She has multiple projects lined up and looking forward to being back on the big screen soon. When asked about her experience on the sets post-treatment, Hamsa Nandini said,” I have always felt the most alive in front of the camera… being back on the sets has proven to be more therapeutic than I could have imagined. I already feel stronger and more energized than I have ever felt before.” Hamsa Nandini valiant fight against this dreaded disease has earned her the nicknames ‘Warrior’ & ‘Fighter’ amongst her fans and on the set.
Hamsa Nandini has also decided to dedicate herself to educating others about early diagnosis through self-checkups, regular mammography, and genetic testing. She aims to make information about all aspects of breast cancer management and treatment easily accessible to people across India. When asked about this, Hamsa Nandini said,” I am thankful for the universe that I am alive and am here. During my chemotherapy, I made a promise to myself that I would live every moment like it was my last and that I would leave this world in a better shape than I found it. In keeping with it, I am happy to say that I am establishing the ‘Yamini Cancer Foundation’, which is named after my late mother, who was also a victim of breast cancer.”
On this Woman’s Day, inspiring story of Hamsa Nandini serves as a reminder of the importance of self-care, early detection, and support. Her strength and determination inspire us all to fight against all odds and to live our lives to the fullest.
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