Kris Aquino draws strength from well-wishers amid illnesses: ‘Mahaba pa ang laban’
Kris Aquino still has many things to be grateful for amid her battle with autoimmune illnesses as she expressed gratitude for the kindness of people who have been praying for her, in a conversation with her writer-editor friend Dindo Balares.
Balares gave an update on the Queen of All Media’s condition after noting that a photo of Aquino, which was taken in January 2019, had resurfaced online, as seen on his Instagram page last Thursday, Oct. 6.
“May updates at may ipinadalang photos sa akin si Kris kamakailan, kaya nang makita ko ang litrato na sinasabing mula raw sa latest post niya, agad kong nasagot na, ‘not true’ [na ito ang latest picture niya],” he said.
(Kris sent updates and photos to me recently, so when I saw this photo which people claim us from her latest post, I immediately knew that it is “not true” that this is her latest picture.)
Balares said that Aquino, who is in the United States with her sons Josh and Bimby, is still receiving treatments for her illnesses.
“Tulad ng karamihan sa atin, may feeling din siya na may malaking binago sa kalusugan ng mundo ang [COVID-19],” he told the public. “Bagama’t nahihirapan, may mga bagay pa ring dapat ipagdiwang at ipagpasalamat, ayon na rin sa huling chat namin.”
(Like many of us, she has the feeling that COVID-19 greatly affected the health of the world. Though she is struggling, there are many things to celebrate and be thankful for, based on our last chat.)
Balares then shared a quote from one of Aquino’s latest messages, in which she described herself as “blessed” despite her condition.
“The loyalty [and] genuine love of people like you and the prayers, generosity, and kindness of people I’ve never even met — super blessed na ‘ko (I am already super blessed),” Aquino told Balares.
“Touched na touched si Kris sa prayers for healing ng kanyang mga kaibigan at followers. Pinalalakas at pinatatapang siya ng kanyang well-wishers,” the writer added. (Kris is so touched by the prayers for healing of her friends and followers. Her well-wishers give her strength and courage.)
Amid her battle with sickness, Aquino continues to dream and look forward to seeing her youngest son graduate.
“Mahaba pa ang laban (The fight is still long). My goal is to see Bimb graduating from an Ivy League School here or UP (University of the Philippines), UST (University of Santo Tomas), or Ateneo [Medical] School,” she said to Balares.
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Aquino has been diagnosed with four autoimmune diseases including chronic spontaneous urticaria and Churg Strauss syndrome, a rare disease known as EGPA. She then revealed last month that she was also experiencing physical manifestations of a possible fifth illness.
The actress said on Sept. 7 that she was to start immunosuppressant therapy, stressing that though she did not have cancer, she planned to start a “safe form” of chemotherapy. /ra
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