Inalala ng TV host-actress na si Kris Aquino ang kanyang namayapang inang si President Cory Aquino sa dapat sana ay 90th birthday nito ngayong araw, January 25.
Idinaan ni Kris, na nagpapa-gamot pa rin sa US, ang pag-alaala n’ya sa kanyang ina through a nine-minute video na in-upload n’ya on Instagram.
Ito ang muling pagpaparamdam ni Kris sa social media after one month.
Naglalaman ang video ng samu't saring larawan. Ang ilan ay larawan nila ang kanyang ina noong bata pa siya at meron din namang in her recent times. Sinamahan din niya iyon ng larawan ng kanyang amang si Ninoy Aquino at family portrait nilang magkakapatid noong buhay pa ang namayapang Kuya PNoy niya. Sa bandang gitna ng video ay mga compilation photos and video clips naman ng kanyang pakikipaglaban sa mga dumapo sa kanyang karamdaman partikular ang mga autoimmune diseases.
Sa dulo nito ay ang artcard ng kanyang open letter para sa kanyang ina na piniling ikubli noon sa publiko na na-diagnose na pala itong may colon cancer.
“Dear Mom, Happy 90th birthday in heaven ... I prayed about my decision on whether to show everyone what it's been like- because you never wanted anybody to know how difficult it was for you,” panimula ni Kris sa kanyang letter.
Ginamit na rin n’ya ang pagkakataon para ilahad sa publiko ang kanyang present health condition.
Paraan n’ya umano ito ng pasalamat sa mga taong patuloy na sumusuporta at nagdadasal para gumaling s’ya.
“Mom, naawa na ko kay Ate [Ballsy], because it's so hard for her to explain why i'm still here & why my treatment hasn't started,” aniya.
“And i also wanted to show those who have been so kind to me, kuya Josh, and bimb that this is what they have been praying about ... it's from you i learned to always remember to say THANK YOU and be grateful.”
Kasunod nito ay inisa-isa ng aktres ang pinagdaanan n’ya para labanan ang kanyang sakit.
“I’ll take this opportunity to explain, unfortunately I’m allergic to so many types of medicine, and i have such an adverse (meaning total opposite than what's expected) reaction to steroids-normally the first line of defense for autoimmune Patients,” lahad ni Kris.
“[I] did the steroid challenge while still in Manila, May 6, the Friday before elections ... 4 doctors were present giving me baby doses until we reached 80 mg,” pagpapatuloy ng aktres.
“You see everything from heaven but for the benefit of those who don't- 2.5 hours after my hives came out from my face down to my legs, but worse than that, an hour after konting galaw and it was just so painful, deep bone pain worse than my bone marrow extraction when i endured the post procedure pain with no pain reliever because i'm allergic to opioids like morphine & fentanyl.”
Tila sumbong pa ni Kris sa ina, hindi umano madali ang mga dinaanan n’yang medical procedures.
“Never spoke about it until now, they needed to just sedate me because for someone with such a high pain threshold- hindi ko talaga kinaya,” pagre-reveal n’ya.
“[I] cried like a baby, bimb who was already in the States pinauwi ko because i needed him ... Mom, he's the bunso you deserve- he's responsible, caring, not magastos, puts my needs before his Tito Noy would be so proud- in Houston he could go to the firing range as long as accompanied by an adult- he's a natural. Here in California, with an adult he can do clay shooting,” she continued.
“Going back to my story, he arrived Thursday, May 12- it was only then that i forced myself to be lucid because my 6' 1 baby was back and the world felt okay again.”
Binalikan rin n’ya ang panahong nangamba ang mga kapatid n’ya, lalo na ang kanyang Ate Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, nang mabigyan n’ya ang mga ito ng maling update about her condition.
“Mom, you kept saying i was the female Ninoy- none of my sisters have blood pressure issues but as i've shown my fluctuations have been awful ... i worry Ate so much when i send her the bad readings, so i'm now screening what i send,” kuwento pa ni Kris.
Pero sa kabila ng pakikipaglaban n’ya sa sakit, may good news naman daw s’ya for everyone.
“Having 4 autoimmune conditions wasn't enough (BUT good news Mom in my genetic screening- no organs or body areas were detected to carry any cancer gene including the colon & my blood- that was a super THANK YOU GOD moment) ... you used to say for me there was never a happy medium,” she shared.
“You were as always correct. To clarify the 4 conditions i have are chronic spontaneous urticaria, autoimmune thyroiditis, Churg Strauss Syndrome now called EGP A, and Crest Syndrome or Scleroderma. Seems from all my physical manifestations i am highly likely to already have a 5th ... and there's a 50% chance of autoimmune condition number 6.”
Nagbigay din ang aktres ng update sa kung ano na ang lagay ng gamutan n’ya sa States.
“Mom, i waited this long because i really wanted to be seen by Dr. Gupta. (No, he's not the CNN doctor, that would be Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon.),” she said.
“We did our research and he has had many studies & papers published. And his fields of expertise are primary immunodeficiency, allergies, and autoimmune cases that are hard to define.”
And to celebrate her mom’s birth anniversary, mamasyal daw si Kris and her kids. Pangako daw kasi niya ito sa panganay n’yang si Josh.
“But on your birthday here we're going to the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’- my promise for kuya timed for your birthday,” saad pa n’ya.
“[I] really pray kayanin ko, even just 5 rides so kuya will have happy memories during this whole ordeal. It's because of the example you set that even when my deep bone pain is awful or my vascular urticaria is everywhere- i don't complain- i want kuya & bimb to see they are worth all the pain & discomfort because i know they still need me.”
Sa huling bahagi ng kanyang open letter, tila ibinalik ni Kris sa kanyang ina ang mga natanggap n’yang papuri mula sa ibang tao sa pagiging ina kina Josh at Bimby.
“Mom, the best tribute i can offer you is that even those who say they hate my guts, always put a qualifier, SALUDO raw sila sa pagpapalaki ko kay Kuya & Bimb- parehong respectful, affectionate, hindi namimili ng taong kakaibiganin, are Bimb so many adults he has conversed with are amazed that he's so knowledgeable about so many things. Kuya is so cute & adorable (yes mom i know he's fat again) is how they describe him,” pagmamalaki n’ya.
“And i always say i had THE BEST ROLE MODEL IN THE WORLD! i'm forever going to be proud to be Cory's baby, and the mama of kuya josh & bimb.”
Sa puntong ito ng kanyang buhay ay hindi na rin umano s’ya naghahanap ng partner in life.
“You told me many times, I’ll only have a successful relationship if i find your male version ... But with all i've been through i finally see so much of you in me what i'm trying to say Mom is i'm no longer looking for someone to complete me,” pahayag n’ya.
“Finally realized the TRUTH in what you'd always say to me: ‘Kristina, know your worth.’ Yes MOM i do,” pagtatapos ni Kris.
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