Sunday, August 26, 2012

Albert Martinez talked about his wife, Liezl

"Liezl as normal as everybody now" -- Albert Martinez.

Albert talked about Liezl and the stem cell therapy she underwent, which is the key to Liezl's recuperation.

“Okay naman kami. So far by God’s blessing, it’s all clear so I’m very, very happy. Dealing with cancer is not easy. It’s a struggle from day one and I’m really thankful na there’s such a thing as stem cell na naging solution sa recovery ni Liezl,”

Liezl was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2007. She had a remission in 2010 but had gone on to continue her battle with cancer in late 2011.

“Madami akong pinagdaanan kasi, ni-research ko lahat 'yan kasi siyempre kailangan malaman natin buo, kailangan aralin mo kung ano ba 'yung best solution and then ang lahat ng napag-aralan natin, ang ending, pinaka-the best talaga ang stem cell,”

“I took the risk, researched on the possibility of doing it and who is available that can do it and I found out it’s available in Hong Kong, it’s available in Singapore and in reality it’s available here in the Philippines. Blessing in disguise, it’s available in Medical City and I met a doctor named Dr. Sam Bernal who opened my eyes and enlightened me about stem cell and tinanggap ko siya and I’m very happy,” 

“Family support is very important and 'yun ang nakatulong sa amin to be strong and nagpatuloy to give us hope and then parang maka-recover kami faster 'yung bonding ng family. It wasn’t easy. It’s not easy na member ng pamilya mo magkaroon ng ganito. Kumbaga all of us went through a lot from my kids to myself, all of us who loves Liezl, we went through a lot and we’re so thankful to God na at least we’re almost done or over with that,”

“It’s our 27th year of being together as husband and wife so it made us stronger. At saka it was way, way too painful thinking of the possibility of one day losing somebody you love so much. But then again, we didn’t allow that to control us. We made sure we’re strong and we made sure we were going to fight it. Up to the last minute talaga, I was telling Liezl na hindi tayo papatalo dito, kailangan talunin natin,”

Meanwhile, Liezl talked about her on going with battle with cancer.

“It’s continuous monitoring, every three months, check-up, sa ganu’n talaga ‘yun,” 

“Every three months, kumbaga ‘yung dibdib mo – ‘yung parang naghihintay ka ng sintensya, ganu’n. Habang hindi pa pumapasok ‘yung mga resulta ng mga test mo, hindi mo alam, ano ba ‘to, sintensya mo na ba ‘to? Parang ano ‘di ba, ‘You can continue to live for another three months,’”

“I just have to take it one day at a time, because really, what can I do if I worry about it? I just have to live my life and continue,”

Liezl remained positive and optimistic about her life. She said, she needs to continue with life.

To everyone who's battling cancer at the moment, I pray that God continue to fight by your side.

I lost someone too because of cancer. The battle is long and difficult, often it's draining too. But at the end of the day, what matters most is that you fight along side with family, loved ones and friends.


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