New Delhi: Actor Irrfan Khan on Friday released a statement revealing the disease he has been suffering from. The actor has been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour. In a statement, he wrote, "The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been about. Learning that I have been diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Tumour as of now has admittedly been difficult, but the love and strength of those around me and that I found within me has brought me to a place of hope. The journey of this is taking me out of the country, and I request everyone to continue sending their wishes."
He began his statement with an emotional quote by Margaret Mitchell -- "Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect." He also clarified that in the post that contrary to the rumours that were floating around, 'NEURO' is not always about the brain and that googling is not always the easiest way to research.
"As for the rumours that were floated NEURO is not always about the brain and googling is the easiest way to do research To those who waited for my words, I hope to be back with more stories to tell," he said in the tweet.
— Irrfan (@irrfank) March 16, 2018
Barely a few days ago, Irrfan had shared a cryptic Twitter post saying he is suffering from a 'rare' disease and that he will confirm about his situation in coming days. "Sometimes you wake up with a jolt with life-shaking you up. The last 15 days, my life has been a suspense story. Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease," he had tweeted on March 5.
However, he had assured his fans that he will make an announcement about it in coming days.
— Irrfan (@irrfank) March 5, 2018
Members of the film fraternity have taken to Twitter, to wish him a speedy recovery. Actress Kirti Kulhari, who will be seen opposite Irrfan in 'Blackmail' tweeted, "Loads of love and positivity is surrounding you Irrfan..u r a fighter.. See u very very soon.. And just know that u r being missed dearly every second.."
Director-producer-turned-actor Karan Johar tweeted, "Godspeed and all our prayers are with you."
Godspeed and all our prayers are with you! https://t.co/tz1S8QaObx
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) March 16, 2018
Loads of love and positivity is surrounding you Irrfan..u r a fighter.. See u very very soon.. And just know that u r being missed dearly every second.. https://t.co/NJVFHLvUxq
— Kirti Kulhari (@IamKirtiKulhari) March 16, 2018
More strength, health and love to you @irrfank You are precious....get well sooooooooooooooooon.
— Nandita Das (@nanditadas) March 16, 2018
Wish you a speedy recovery Sir app jaldi jaldi theek ho jao.
— Sunil Grover (@WhoSunilGrover) March 16, 2018
Prayers and love are with you brother. Hope you are well soon!
— Rajpal Yadav (@rajpalofficial) March 16, 2018
Earlier Irrfan's wife had called her husband a 'warrior' and had asked the media to not make speculations about his health.
Last month, director Vishal Bhardwaj had announced to push back his upcoming project titled 'Rani' with Deepika Padukone and Irrfan as the two actors were down with health problems. "I am pushing back the film by a few months as both of my lead actors are down with different health problems. Irrfan is down with jaundice," he said.
Neuroendocrine tumours are described as rare and can occur anywhere in the body. Most neuroendocrine tumours occur in the lungs, appendix, small intestine, rectum and pancreas. They can be non-cancerous or malignant.