Lisa Ray diagnosed with cancer

Actress Lisa Ray has been diagnosed with Multiple myeloma, a relatively rare and incurable cancer of the white blood cells.

Ray, who will soon be seen doing a lesbian act in I Can't Think Straight, posted about her condition on her blog, The Yellow Diaries.

The model-turned-actress wrote: "I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma on June 23rd. Started my first cycle of treatment July 2nd. Not long ago."

Ray, who first shot to fame in India with the racy Bombay Dyeing advertisement that saw her in a black swim suit, started her postings on September 7.

The actress further wrote that: "A few months ago my bone marrow started sending me messages. The signals: I was always exhausted, pale, drained, and completely depleted of red blood cells. The lack of oxygen made me a serial yawner and spacier than a displaced Czarina. Little did I know, but my hemoglobin had fallen to levels where even a dedicated Blood sucker would turn their thoughts to revival. In between work and travel in India this year, I got a routine blood test and the results sent me to the hospital for a blood transfusion."

Ray who was born to a Bengali father and a Polish mother in Canada has made clear her plans to continue working and fight back the disease.

"First the facts. Myeloma is incurable...I believe it can be cured. That's the Dirty Realist in me," wrote the actress who made her Bollywood debut with Kasoor.

"But so far I've kept up a punishingly normal schedule even during treatments. I take meetings, write, sign contracts, read scripts, buy and barter furniture, teach yoga, buy a house, begin to renovate said house," said the actress who was featured in the Canadian edition of Hello magazine as one of the '50 Most Beautiful People' of the country. (With PTI inputs)

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