Following her admission that she is gay, former “Miss Saigon” lead star Monique Wilson revealed that she has blood cancer.
In a report aired on GMA-7’s “Startalk TX” on Saturday, November 24, Monique was said to have been diagnosed with the illness two years ago. Monique shared that she is “managing” the disease and taking medication.
“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,” Monique said.
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She admits her medication has side effects, but Monique is not complaining because she feels lucky to be 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.”
Monique shared that her condition is one of the reasons she spoke up 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.”
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Monique wants her revelation as a gay woman to inspire the “young ones” who want to fight for who they really are. Monique is also an active advocate of One Billion Rising, a project which calls for the end of women abuse.
“The young ones, parang they’re searching for mentors, guidance. They are searching for role models who they can look up to and say na, ‘You know what? I can be like that and I don’t have to hide who I am and I can fight for who I am because there have been other people who paved the way for me’.”
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