By Kristelle Bechayda
Despite her legal battle with former business partner Nicko Falcis, actress and host Kris Aquino reveals she is actually suffering from a “form of lupus.” In a Facebook live video on her official account last Saturday, January 5, the mom-of-two opened up about her condition.
“September 27, hindi maganda talaga ang resulta ng blood testing dito sa Pilipinas. I’m sure maraming doktor, mga nurse, or mga those in the medical profession who know that when your ANA (antinuclear antibody) titer count is high, that’s already a sign of a form of lupus.” she said.
Last October, the Queen of All Media announced that she has chronic spontaneous urticaria when she went to Singapore to address her health concerns. Even though her kidneys are still functioning well, Kris is allergic to every single medicine being used to cure or manage the symptoms of lupus. The only thing her doctors can do is just “delay the inevitable.”
“Until now, yung mga kapatid ko hindi matanggap. Pinakausapan ko lang sila ‘Please don’t make it harder for me because the boys have to be assured na come what may, meron silang matatakbuhan.’” Kris said.
The actress added that what has sustained her all this time is the courage she saw in her mother, the late former President Cory Aquino, who passed away due to colon cancer in 2009. “She held on until we were ready, so ‘yun ang pinangako ko.”
Kris is currently doing the same thing for her two sons, Joshua “Josh” Aquino and James Carlos “Bimby” Aquino Yap, Jr. She has only one wish: to live long enough for 11-year-old Bimby to turn eighteen. “I just want to be alive for the two. I even said ‘Kunin na lahat ‘to, ibigay lang ako sa kanila.’”
Kris admitted that even if she is an imperfect person, she has tried to be the “best mom she can be.” Right now, she endures the discomfort she feels from her condition because she wants to show Bimby that she won’t just give up.
“I just want seven years. I don’t know if that’s asking for too much but I just want that boy upstairs (Bimby) to be eighteen para adult na siya.” Kris explained on her Facebook live video.
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“Stay strong, make them wonder how you’re still smiling.” i don’t want doctors who have been compassionate towards me to later on be questioned. Before we fly, may i clearly state: i have severe allergies (most dangerous of all my conditions because of anaphylaxis meaning magsasara ang air passages & hindi na ko makakahinga); hypertension (mostly under control except the week before & the first 3 days of my menstrual period); migraines (problematic to treat because of my NSAID allergy); chronic spontaneous urticaria (taking 5 different antihistamines daily, EpiPen on standby & diphenhydramine shots for when “nagmapa na ang hives”); and fibromyalgia. we are flying for more tests to determine why i have symptoms & blood test results seeming to confirm 2 autoimmune disorders SLE (a form of Lupus) and Thyroiditis (no matter the skill of my makeup artists, my right eyeball is protruding, the iris is much bigger and there’s pronounced hollowing in my neck, some of you commented on a previous post that there was a visible lump, i didn’t catch that & blamed myself for not having worn something covering my neck). The problem is the weight loss which runs counter to both conditions because both lupus & hypothyroidism (my blood panel indicates hypo not hyper) should be making me bloat- before writing this i weighed myself, i am 63.5 inches tall (or short)/ 161.3 in cm; i now weigh 113 lbs or 51.25 kilos. My weight had been in the 127 to 135 lbs range (57.6 to 61.2 kilos)- in my work, 120 to 122 lbs (55 kilos) would be ideal. i wrote this because i still vividly recall how courageous my mom was when stage 4 cancer was her diagnosis. i am not typical, and i choose to reveal ALL rather than have half truths & lies spread about me. we are flying to Singapore because i am also doing a drug/medicine challenge test. Everything, especially those needed in any emergency procedure or operation and for post op care, will be tested with an emergency medical team on standby. Only after i get through that will i do my other tests. nothing added & nothing subtracted. #mytruth
Last January 6, Kris flew back to Singapore with Bimby for a series of more tests. Before she left, the actress posted a detailed status of her condition on her Instagram account, listing down all of her health complications.
I have severe allergies (most dangerous of all my conditions because of anaphylaxis meaning magsaara ang air passages & hindi na ko makakahinga);
Hypertension (mostly under control except the week before & the first 3 days of my menstrual period);
Migraines (problematic to treat because of my NSAID allergy);
Chronic spontaneous urticaria (taking 5 different antihistamines daily, EpiPen on standby & diphenhydramine shots for when “nagmapa na ang hives”);
“We are flying for more tests to determine why i have symptoms & blood test results seeming to confirm 2 autoimmune disorders SLE (a form of Lupus) and Thyroiditis.” Kris explained. “The problem is the weight loss which runs counter to both conditions because both lupus & hypothyroidism (my blood panel indicates hypo not hyper) should be making me bloat.”
As of this writing, the actress has yet to give any updates on her condition.