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Writer-director and actor Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife Tahira Kashyap, who battled breast cancer, has penned a powerful poem titled Scars. On National Cancer Survivors Day, she posted an audio clip of herself narrating the poem on her Instagram account.

“A small something I have written.... #nationalcancersurvivorsday,” Tahira wrote in her caption. In her poem, she says that scars are a reminder of the past and ‘moments of suffering that you thought would forever last’, but they are also so much more. “But hear me, there’s more to this scar, It talks also about the fight, the resilience and your invincible power. My love and respect to those who fought, The treacherous battlefield that few crossed while some got lost,” she wrote.

Tahira encourages cancer survivors to proudly show off their scars, which are a testament to the ‘indomitable spirit that can’t be crushed by any fright’. She writes, “Hide not your scars my love, Show them, flaunt them, just like your bright smile, soothing to others 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.”

In the final lines of her poem, Tahira urges survivors to love themselves and all their ‘dust, scar and grime’. “For that’s what make you, YOU, Faulty, imperfect, blemished but all true!,” she concludes.

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A small something I have written.... #nationalcancersurvivorsday . . 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 to these Goddamn scars, They are Secrets hidden far away, just like the stars. It’s the Truth which you don’t see with the naked eye, Oblivious to the functioning of the world, a blatant lie. But hear me, there’s more to this scar, It talks also about the fight, the resilience and your invincible power. My love and respect to those who fought, The treacherous battlefield that Few crossed while some got lost. But the thing with this health karma is that everyone is a winner, For it’s the fight that counts whether you 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 are 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 others 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 your self, All with dust, scar and grime. For that’s what make you, YOU Faulty, imperfect, blemished but all true!

A post shared by tahirakashyapkhurrana (@tahirakashyap) on Jun 6, 2020 at 11:27pm PDT

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Tahira was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018 and underwent a mastectomy. On an audio show My Ex-Breast, Ayushmann said that he was inspired by her strength throughout her battle with cancer and called her his ‘victorious queen’.

“Even though we were together in this fight, I was always so inspired by you and I saw that you’ve become even stronger than me and this transformation was a miracle and came at the right time and it gave you the strength to face everything head on, and now you’re my victorious queen, standing in front of me,” he said.

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