The past year taught me that it’s okay even if everything doesn’t go your way, says Samantha

The pan-Indian actor was diagnosed with Myositis in June last year. She made her medical challenges public in October.

ByManigandan KR

Published Jun 16, 2023 | 12:01 PMUpdatedAug 10, 2023 | 2:41 PM

Samantha Ruth Prabhu

Pointing out that a year had gone by since the time she had been diagnosed with the autoimmune condition Myositis, actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu on Thursday, 15 June, said the past year had taught her that not everything goes one’s way all the time.

More importantly, it had also taught her that it was okay when it didn’t.

Taking to social media, Samantha posted a series of pictures of her offering prayers at the Church of Saint Sava and lighting candles there.

She also posted a video clip of the church and wrote: “It’s been one year since the diagnosis. A year of forced new normal. Many battles with my body… no salt, sugar or grains with a cocktail of meds for the main course, forced shutdowns and forced restarts.”

She further wrote: “A year of seeking meaning, reflection and introspection. Of professional failures too… to make things more interesting. A year of prayers and poojas… not praying for blessings and gifts… but praying to just find strength and peace. A year that has taught me that not everything goes your way all the time.”

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Samantha on moving forward

Speaking about acceptance, Samantha said, “And more importantly, that it’s ok when it doesn’t. That I must control the controllable, let go of the rest, and keep moving forward one step at a time. That sometimes, it’s not about grand successes, but that functioning forward is in itself a win. That I mustn’t sit around waiting for things to be perfect again or wallowing in the past. That I must hang on to love and those I love… and not give hate the power to affect me.”

“There will be so many of you fighting far harder battles. I pray for you too. The gods may delay, but they never deny. They never deny peace, love, joy and strength to those who seek it. The only things worth seeking.” Samantha added.


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Diagnosed a year back

Although Samantha was diagnosed with the condition in June last year, the actress made her medical challenges public only in October last year.

Myositis, for the unfamiliar, is a rare medical condition in which there is inflammation of the muscles that are used to move the body. It causes the patient to experience immense pain and fatigue.

The pan-Indian actor began undergoing treatment for the condition in the United States. However, despite bearing all the discomfort, she chose to briefly halt treatment to promote her film Yashoda.

While sources claim that Myositis is curable, the general perception is that it cannot be cured but the treatment can help control the symptoms.

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