Medical treatment takes toll on Kris Aquino: 'Inuubos na ng Houston ang tapang ko'

Actress Kris Aquino, sister of former Philippine president Benigno Aquino attends a public viewing at the Church of Gesu, Ateneo de Manila University in Manila on June 25, 2021. (Photo by MARK CRISTINO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Actress Kris Aquino, sister of former Philippine president Benigno Aquino attends a public viewing at the Church of Gesu, Ateneo de Manila University in Manila on June 25, 2021. (Photo by MARK CRISTINO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Ongoing medical treatment for autoimmune disease has taken its toll on Kris Aquino's emotional well-being, said a close friend of the actress on Monday (September 19).

In a Facebook post, Dindo Balares said that Aquino, who is being treated in in Houston, Texas, continues to bravely fight.

"Tuloy ang pagpapagamot ni Kris. At tulad ng sinumang sumasailalim sa serye ng masusing medical examinations, may mga panahong mababa ang emosyon," Balares said.

(Kris has been undergoing medication continuously. And like anybody who is undergoing a series of medical examinations thoroughly, there are days that she feels down.)

The close confidante of the Queen of all Media added that Aquino said, "Inuubos na ng Houston ang tapang ko (Houston is draining out my strength)."

Balares said he is in constant contact with Aquino. "Tumatagal ng ilang araw kung minsan ang reply niya sa chat, pero tulad ng kilala nating Kris Aquino playful at nangangantiyaw pa rin."

(Sometimes it takes her days to reply to my chat, but true to her form, Kris Aquino is still playful and teasing.)

In an Instagram post on September 7, Aquino said that she has been diagnosed with four autoimmune diseases to date, and continues to undergo treatment.

“There have been times I wanted to give up…” she said in the caption.

“But I remind myself Kuya [Joshua] & Bimb still need me & mahiya naman ako sa lahat ng mga patuloy na nagdarasal para gumanda ang kalusugan ko (I should be ashamed to those who are praying that my health improves) if I just give up,” Aquino added.

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