Annabelle Rama narrates her ordeal before successful operation

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"Ngayon ko lang naramdaman na marami palangnagmamahal sa akin. Sa ganitong sitwasyon,doon mo malalaman kung sino ang totoong kaibigan. Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat-lahat ng nagmamahal sa akin," saysAnnabelle Rama.


Last week, feisty talent manager Annabelle Rama underwent acritical operation. Her uterus was removed because ofmyoma. In an update given by her sonRaymond Gutierrez, the Showbiz Central host said that his mom checked out of the Asian Hospital last Saturday, November 23.

"Now, of course, we're praying for her speedy recovery," Raymond said. "Nando'n siya sa bahay. Actually, nakakatawa,nando'n 'yong bedroom niya sa second floor. Pero since she doesn't wanna go upstairs muna, nag-set up siya ngmakeshift bedroom niya doon sa living room namin."

According to Annabelle's doctor, Dr. Aina Sales-Diaz,Annabelle had a "severe dysplasia [of the cervix]." In a taped interview, the surgeon said, "'Yon ay isang klase ngsakit ng babae na kung saan naaapektuhan 'yong [parte] ng matres, which we callthe cervix. If not, kapag napabayaan,magiging cancerous ito."

In an exclusive interview with Showbiz Central beforeshe checked out—which was aired yesterday, November 23—Annabelle recalled howshe felt before she entered the operating room.

"Hindi ako makatulog talaga," she started narrating. "Dasal ako nang dasal sa Sto. Niño ko. The next day, in-announce sa amin ngdoktora, nandito kaming lahat ng buong pamilya ko, palakpakan kaming lahat nawalang cancer, tuwang-tuwa ako. For tenyears ko tinitiis ang aking dinadala sa loob ng tiyan ko, natanggal na ng safe,wala nang masamang ano..."

Annabelle said that even her brother, who is a surgeon, advised her to undergo an operation to avoid it from becoming cancerous. "Pumunta kami Bangkok [Thailand] niEddie, sinabi sa akin na, ano, masama na ang lagay, kailangang tanggalinna. E, ang sabi ng brother ko, angbrother ko kasi is surgeon siya, ‘Kailangan tanggalin na 'yan, kasi yung resultmo papunta ng cancer kaya natakot na ako."

Despite this advice, Annabelle still took time before shefinally decided to be operated on.

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"Lahat sila nag-convince na sa akin na magpa-opera na," saidAnnabelle. "Ayoko nga kasi takot nga ako sa operasyon, takot akongmamatay. Hindi ko alam, mamaya nasagitna ako ng mesa, hindi na ako magising. Lahat ng klaseng takot nagdaan na sa utak ko. Matagal ang desisyon ko rin kung papaopera ako o hindi. Last minute nga, gusto kong mag-check out."

Then, before the surgery, the Gutierrez matriarch becamevery emotional and even left a message for her sons and daughter.

She told Showbiz Central, "Actually, bago [ako] pumuntangoperating room, lahat talaga may message. Sabi ko, ‘Alagaan mo 'yong daddy mo, mamaya hindi na ako magising.' Sabi ko, ‘Raymond, pakabait ka ha?' Kay Richard naman sabi ko, ‘Concentrate onyour career. Bago ka magbitaw ng peramo sa ibang tao, mag-isip ka nang mabuti.' Lahat talaga... Sabi ko kasi baka mamaya, hindi na ako magising. Malay ko naman talaga."

Through this ordeal, Annabelle saw the love and care ofher husband Eddie Gutierrez, who underwent angioplasty recently.

"Sa asawa ko," Annabelle said, "maraming-maraming salamat. At least, habang nasa ospital ako, nagtiyaga ka sa pagbabantay saakin. At least, napatunayan ko ngayonna mahal na mahal mo ako, supersweet.

"Bagong buhay siya, bagong buhay din ako. Kaya I don't think na mayroon pangmakakapaghiwalay sa amin. Kaya hanggangsa pagtanda, kaming dalawa, kami pa rin."

She also had a message for her children and friendswho supported and prayed for her. "Lahat kayo, mga anak ko, maraming salamat," she said. "Naiiyak na naman ako kapag tungkol sa ano,e... Kaya maraming-maraming salamat. Naramdamanko rin na mahal rin ako ni Tonton at saka ni Monching kasi palagi silangnandiyan. Kaya sa lahat ng nagmamahalsa akin, sa lahat ng kaibigan ko, walang tigil sa pagdadasal, maraming-maramingsalamat."

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Annabelle was referring to stepsons Tonton Gutierrez and Ramon Christopher. Tonton is Eddie's son with Liza Lorena while Monching is the veteran actor's child with Pilita Corrales.

In a separate interview, Richard Gutierrez expressed hisgratitude to his parents. Annabelle and Eddie admitted that he was the onewho shouldered most of the financial needs of their operations.

Richard explained, "'Yong ginagawa sa akin ng parentsko, hindi ko naman alam kung paano ko mare-repay 'yon, e, kung paano nila akopinalaki. Wala ako sa posisyon kongayon kung hindi dahil sa magulang ko. In every way I can, I give back to them as much as possible. I give them my time and everything that Ihave because I owe that to them."


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