Monday, November 26, 2012

Monique Wilson revealed that she has blood cancer!

 “I’m so lucky to be alive, to be well, to be on medication.” - Monique

As soon as Monique Wilson was diagnosed with blood cancer two years ago she also opted to come out and tell the world that she is a lesbian.

“What I have is a type of blood cancer that is chronic. I take chemo tablets, four a day. They say na wala pa siyang cure but if you manage it, then you can extend your life or prolong it,” 

Despite of the complications, Monique is still grateful that she is alive, “It’s part of my gratitude. Hindi ko na ico-complain iyan because to me, I’m so lucky to be alive, to be well, to be on medication.”

Her condition made her decision to talk about her sexuality.

“It all became very clear na ganoon pala iyon when you face your mortality or life and death experiences, like you get clarity. So to me, it’s very important to break those silences and stigma because people need to live with freedom, dignity and respect.”


P.S. Getting to know Blood Cancer

Blood Cancer is a generalized term for malignancy which attacks the blood, bone marrow, or lymphatic system. 

There are three main types of blood cancers:

Leukemia, a type of cancer found in your blood and bone marrow, is caused by the rapid production of abnormal white blood cells. The high number of abnormal white blood cells are not able to fight infection, and they impair the ability of the bone marrow to produce red blood cells and platelets.

Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system, which removes excess fluids from your body and produces immune cells. Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell that fight infection. Abnormal lymphocytes become lymphoma cells, which multiply and collect in your lymph nodes and other tissues. Over time, these cancerous cells impair your immune system.

Myeloma is a type of blood cancer that specifically targets your plasma cells. Plasma cells are white blood cells that produce disease- and infection-fighting antibodies in your body. Myeloma cells prevent the normal production of antibodies, leaving your body’s immune system weakened and susceptible to infection.

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