Manisha Koirala
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Manisha is on a mission!

Manisha Koirala

New Delhi, Feb. 20 -- Actor Manisha Koirala, who is a cancer survior, wants to tell other cancer patients that being inflicted with the deadly disease isn't the end of the world.  

The 43-year-old is in Delhi today, to support Sahachari Foundation's Design One exhibition, which intends to donate designer 'mastectomy' blouses to cancer survivors and raise funds for those who may not have the means to battle the disease.

"Those who undergo surgeries go through a lot of psychological issues also. Thus, one needs a lot of morale boost. I want to reach out to these people and help them," says Manisha, who also intends to start her own NGO for cancer patients and survivors. Speaking of her own experience, the actor shares, "When my doctor first told me in 2012 that I had cancer, I couldn't believe it. And then fear crept in that I'd die soon."    

The year 2012, was extremely harsh on the actor. Besides cancer, her two-year marriage also ended. But Manisha chose to live life. "Earlier, I'd get depressed at the drop of a hat. I used to look at the sad and negative things in life," says

Manisha, adding that she then took spiritual recourse that has helped her understand life better. "Now, I understand that life is very valuable. Thousands of people get divorced, so what! As long as I have life, I'll make it a wonderful life," she says.