A year after getting treatment for her autoimmune diseases in the US, Kris Aquino shared the good news that she’s finally “on the correct path to remission and a better quality of life.”
The "Queen of All Media" shared her health update and thanked her fans for their support in an Instagram post on Thursday, Aug. 10, while commemorating her late parents, Senator Ninoy Aquino and former president Cory Aquino.
“[I] chose the midpoint between my mom’s 14th death anniversary and my dad’s upcoming 40th death anniversary to THANK ALL OF YOU who continue to PRAY for my recovery,” she wrote in the caption of her post.
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Through her post, the actress and TV host shared a photo of herself during her treatment with Dr. Malika Gupta, the physician who administered her second dose of biological injectable that would help lower her “very high” IgE (Immunoglobulin E). According to the National Library of Medicine, IgE is an antibody that mediates allergic reactions.
“She calls me a 'bad-ass' because kinakaya ko even though malapot at mahapdi yung ini-inject at malalim kailangan ibaon yung prefilled high tech syringe." Kris said, referring to her doctor. "Yes, matapang na ko sa halos lahat ng kailangan pagdaanan at mataas ang pain tolerance ko," she added.
While she was able to take the injectables without any problems, Kris said that it’s the aftermath that was challenging. She compared it to being injected with a COVID vaccine, but thrice the pain.
“It’s the AFTERMATH, 72 hours feeling kagaya nung bigat after a Covid vaccine but x3. Yes, parang 3X akong na Pfizer or Moderna," the actress said.
Although Kris would have to bear the pain "every other week," she is determined to keep on going as this would help her "reach remission for 3 of [her] autoimmune conditions" in the next 10 to 12 months.
She clarified, though, that autoimmune disorders have no cure, but can be managed if addressed early with proper treatment.
Despite having a “long way to go,” Kris couldn’t be more grateful to the people who keep sendig their prayers, as her last blood panel showed improvement, and that she’s finally on the right track to remission.
“Thank you because our prayers are being answered- my last blood panel showed improvement- it’s slow progress, I have a long way to go,” she said.
“It’s likely that after a few months another medication will be introduced to my body by UCLA’s Dr Belperio- BUT I AM, against all odds (because of all my limitations with medicinal options), FINALLY, ON THE CORRECT PATH TO REMISSION and A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE. Thank you to all. THANK YOU, GOD. #faith,” she said.
Kris also expressed her gratitude to people who “inspire her to not give up and to have fortitude to keep on going regardless how hard this journey have been.” She gave a special mention to her kids Bimby and Josh, sisters, medical team, adoptive family. The actress, of course, did not forget to give a shoutout to her rumored boyfriend and Batangas vice governor Mark Leviste, as well as his family.
Messages of love and support from fans and famous personalities, including Leviste poured in on the comments section of her post.
“Kids and I will always be by your side…for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish [FOREVER]," Leviste wrote.
Kris has been staying in the US since June 2022 for her continuous treatment of her autoimmune diseases.