Zsa Zsa Padilla diagnosed with kidney cancer; friends rally to her side


ZSA Zsa Padilla

It’s a shocker that can rival the dizzying plot twists in the soap operas she stars in.

In the same week that the country observed the 40th day of the passing of Comedy King Dolphy (real name: Rodolfo V. Quizon), his longtime partner, singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla, was diagnosed with kidney cancer.

Padilla herself posted the sad news on her Facebook page over the weekend: She is suffering from stage one kidney cancer.

Epy Quizon, Dolphy’s son from a previous relationship, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that he and his siblings were praying for Padilla. “She has all our support. She has always been there for our family. This time, we will be here for her. We consider her the mother of the entire Quizon clan.”

The sad news hit them hard, said Epy. “We had barely recovered and this happened so soon after the hospitalization and death of my dad. Our hope is that Zsa Zsa gets better soon.”

Quizon recalled that Padilla had remained by the late comedian’s side throughout his long battle with chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD) and had never left his dad’s side until his death last month.

Quizon said the 4th Pidol Golf Cup, held yesterday at the Eastridge Golf Course in Binangonan, Rizal, was dedicated to Zsa Zsa’s quick recovery. “We offered a prayer for her. The family is behind her in this time of trial,” he added.

In her Facebook page, Padilla wrote: “When life situations get rough, I find myself taking deep breaths. And I am ready to take on new challenges. Living life one day at a time.”

Padilla is currently in the United States, accompanied by daughter Zia Quizon and friend Vicki Belo, for a series of medical tests.

After the diagnosis, Padilla’s doctors scheduled her to undergo a medical procedure on August 27, according to her Facebook page.

Before she left for the US, Padilla had told the media that “a growth the size of a ping-pong ball was found in her kidneys.”

Although the news was devastating, she said she had come to accept it. She told the press: “I can’t question God and ask: ‘Why me?’ Why can’t it happen to me nga naman?”

Friends from the entertainment industry have rallied to Padilla’s side, showering her with good wishes.

Singer-actress Sharon Cuneta, a friend since the early 1980s, admitted feeling furious when she first heard the bad news. “I felt so angry. Bad things are happening one after the other. But I am praying for her and texting her constantly as well.”

Cuneta said she found Padilla’s strength and quiet grace admirable. “During Tito Dolphy’s wake, Zsa Zsa was the one comforting me and reassuring me pa.”

Comedienne Eugene Domingo, who is Padilla’s costar in the forthcoming movie musical “I Do Bidoo Bidoo” said: “I offered mass for her today and I pray for her every day.”

Chris Martinez, director of “I Do Bidoo” told the Inquirer: “Zsa Zsa is beautiful, inside and out. She’s now one of my favorite actresses. After ‘I Do Bidoo,’ we will make another movie, ‘Lola Basyang,’ for the Metro Manila Film Fest.”

Martinez said the cast and crew of “I Do Bidoo” miss Padilla. “We are all praying and hoping for a successful operation.”

Although she is currently in the middle of a serious health crisis, Padilla still has time to relax in the United States.

In her latest posts on the social networking site Twitter, she said she went sightseeing with daughter Zia, sister Carmel and her nieces on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles, California.

She likewise talked about watching the concerts of music superstars Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias and of missing the US TV shows “Suits” and “The Newsroom.”

She also posted photos of the 40th day Mass for Dolphy, organized by his daughter Kit Quizon at the St. Patrick’s Church in Cahuenga, North Hollywood.

Originally posted: August 20, 2012 | 8:47 pm

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  • akoombulator

    yan ang napala kung anu anong pinagsasaksak sa katawan pampaputi pampapayat pampasikip pampalaki

    • Boy Pac

      napaka insensitive ng comment mo. dahil lang nasa likod ka ng computer eh pwede ka ng umasta ng walang modo. sana ay gumaling agad si Zsa Zsa. may awa ang diyos ama

      • UrHONOR

        MAY awa ako pero hindi ko pinakikialamanan ang takbo ng kalikasan.

      • Boy Pac

        so dyos ama ka? kumag.

      • UrHONOR

        KAILANGAN ka pa bang magtanong?  Kahit na anong itawag mo sa akin, hindi magbabago ang aking kapangyarihan. Ego sum qui sum.

      • stama

        may sayad k nga

      • UrHONOR

        HINDi nakakapagtaka ang ganyang salita na manggaling sa isang kapus-palad sa kaisipan.  Kapag hindi kayang abutin ng ga-butil na utak ang binabasa, kung ano-anong palaisipan ang binabanggit na, sa katunayan, ay katangian na mamamalas mismo sa kanya. Personality disorder of character transference.  Ganunpaman, pinatawd na kita bago mo pa hingin.  Yan ang isang kapangyarihan taglay ko.  

      • stama

        patawarin mo ang sarili mo sapagkat hindi kagandahan ang namumutawi s mga labi mo. at ituwid mo ang utak mo wag mapanghusga s kapwa mo para s ikaaayos ng utak mo

      • UrHONOR

        NA sa iyo yan kung ayaw mong tanggapin ang isang bagay na kailangan mo sa buhay,  Nagpaparatang ka ng panghuhusga samantalang sa katunayan IKAW itong nanghuhusga.  Ang taong madumi at masama ang kaisipan, madumi at masama din ang lumalabas sa kanyang talasalitaan. Huwag mong ipapain ang sarili mo sa usapan ng may usapan ang hindi mo kayang pangatawanan. KUNG may pang-unawa ka matutunghayan mo na ikaw ang nakisali sa usapan sa pamamagitan ng pananalitang hindi maka-tao at nagpapakita ng kabastusan. Ganunpaman, dahil walang hatungan ang aking kapangyarihan sa pagpapatawad, pinatatawad ulit kita.

      • stama

        tama ka dyan

    • stama

      prayer ang kailangan ni zsa zsa hindi ung pangaral mo maging makatao ka naman huh…

  • wyl5326

    I’m no doctor, but just another patient with different cancer and knowing we have 2 kidneys, perhaps taking the cancerous one out for external treatment and then if possible to put it back later as a spare one maybe a good experimental idea to consider ! 

    • reddfrog

      Parang ginawa mong lab experiment si Zsa Zsa. If it’s only on one kidney just take it out. we can function on one kidney. Otherwise she will need a kidney transplant. The good news is that it is stage one, so it should not have spread yet.

  • TagaMlang

    I want to share this with Zsa Zsa.

    The first cousin of my wife had a stage 3-4 breast cancer.  The recommendation of the doctors was to operate immediately.  But my suggestion was, don’t be in haste in making decisions.  Let’s carefully weigh our options.  It was then that I started doing some research, and I found out that there were alternative solutions to cancer.  In my research, I found out that cancer patients who undertook operation and chemo treatment thereafter, 90% die.  However, for those who did not undertake operation but took alternative medicines, 90% survive.

    I was successful enough to convince the cousin of my wife to take alternative medicines.  Sure enough, within 10 months, the breast cancer was totally gone.  She’s back to normal again.

    So what are these alternative medicines?  These are fruits and vegetables that are easily available.  These are:
    1.  Guyabano.  Eat the fruits daily.  If there are no fruits available, boil the leaves and drink the water daily.
    2.  Mangosten.
    3.  Ampalaya
    4.  Malunggay
    5.  Saluyot
    6.  Put tanglad in the vegetable dish.
    7.  But most important of all, Prayers. Pray to HIM to heal your sickness.

    If possible eat only fish (fish from the sea, no bangus or tilapia as they are full of chemicals), no meat, no chicken.

  • seaglass2401belle

    Sad story indeed.Dont mean to be crude.She is famous and wealthy.Friends and true friends pray and give well wishes.If a poor,shanty town dwellers happen to suffer this…no much will take notice.The best they can say its poor thing ,hope and pray she gets well. When it happens to a celebrity,as if illness should not happen to them..
    celebrity and the rich are where they are…from the poor people.watching thier programmes,looking at their adverts….

    Still I am sad that tgis happens to another human being

  • John Loyd

    Celebrities is celebrity just say pray for her recovery, as a private citizens we all know our boundaries, so we all know what must be the quality of a government servant not just a popularity.

  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    tough..tough..tough…with all my prayers.

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