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Kris Aquino shares possible fifth autoimmune disease: 'There have been times I wanted to give up'

By John Patrick Magno Ranara Published Sep 07, 2022 3:22 pm

In an update about her illness, Kris Aquino said that she may possibly be diagnosed with a fifth autoimmune disease.

On her Instagram account on Sept. 7, Kris posted a picture of herself lying in bed with her two children, all with hopeful smiles despite the ordeal they're facing.

She opened up one how there were times where she felt hopeless because of her illness.

"There have been times I wanted to give up because of fatigue and being forever bedridden; the bruises all over my body that suddenly appear; my inability (since February) to tolerate solid food; headaches; bone-deep pain in my spine, knees, joints in my fingers; and my constant flares especially in my face that just keep getting worse," Kris detailed.

She wrote at the end of her post that these manifestations may be pointing to a fifth autoimmune disease. To recall, Kris had been diagnosed with three autoimmune diseases before she left to the US to seek treatment, namely, autoimmune thyroiditis, chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU), and Churg Strauss syndrome (EGPA).

However, according to her sister Ballsy, she was diagnosed with a fourth one while she was in the States.

Despiter her seemingly bleak condition, she said that she is staying strong for her family and for those who are praying for her wellness.

"I remind myself that Kuya and Bimb still need me and mahiya naman ako sa lahat ng mga patuloy na nagdarasal para gumanda ang kalusugan ko if I just give up," Kris wrote.

She shared that she is finally starting her immunosuppressant therapy, a drug regimen to suppress the immune system and prevent it from overreacting.

"I am grateful to be blessed to have the means for us to move to another state, and have more tests done and go to other specialists; and finally start my immunosuppressant therapy," Kris said.

She continued, "I was warned that the safest form of chemotherapy (I don’t have cancer) that can be used for my autoimmune conditions will make me lose my hair. Hair will eventually grow back but permanently damaged organs won’t—so dedma muna sa vanity."

Many fans and friends alike took the time to flood her post with wishes of wellness and support.

"Will continue to pray for you, Kris," actress Jackie Lou Blanco commented.

TV host and journalist MJ Marfori wrote, "Prayers for the family and speedy recovery, Kris!"