Ramdam pa rin daw ni StarStruck season 5 First Princess Diva Montelaba ang trauma ng pagkakaroon niya ng COVID-19 nitong nakaraang September.
Sa pamamagitan ng kanyang YouTube vlog, inamin ng 29-year-old Cebuana na nabiktima siya ng deadly virus.
Ang hinala niya, nakuha niya ito sa pagpunta niya sa grocery store para mamili ng mga essential goods.
Mangiyak-ngiyak siya nang malaman niyang COVID-19 positive siya nun.
Sabi niya sa kanyang vlog, "I was super confident negative ako kasi I'm maingat talaga ako. I don't go out until super importanteng errand..."
Agad daw siyang nag-self-isolation for 14 days kahit wala siyang physical discomfort na naramdaman dahil asymptomatic siya.
Pero tila na-mental torture raw si Diva lalo pa't nag-iisa lang siya.
"I'm really scared not just for myself but for my family as well kasi sobra silang nag-aalala."
At ang bilin ng doktor at mga nurses sa kanya ay "magpalakas lang, take your vitamins everyday."
Ang hindi lang niya magawa ay ang matulog nang maaga. Parati raw siyang puyat dahil sa pag-iisip.
DIVA MONTELABA POST-COVID-19
Nitong December 18, 2020, kinumusta ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Diva via Instagram messenger.
Ayon sa kanya, may struggle pa rin daw para maging normal ang takbo ng buhay ng isang COVID-19 survivor.
Again, hindi physical pain kundi anxiety ang nilalabanan niya.
“The whole experience was very traumatic.
“It seems like any asymptomatic with strong personality, such as myself can handle it very well, but it's really mental torture than physical.
“Having to fight my anxiety is an everyday struggle. I can’t sleep, can’t function well, it's just horrifying.
“Even after the experience, it was so hard to go back to the normal routine.
“As I’ve said, trauma is still there and it’s hard to fight.
"With the help of family and friends, day by day, I try to overcome it and try to move on.
“My family has been very supportive. They’re the reasons why I got through it. If anything, they were more supportive than ever. I am very grateful.”
Kaya mas doble ngayon ang pag-iingat ni Diva at nakatuon siya sa pagpapalakas ng kanyang resistensya.
“As an asymptomatic COVID-19 survivor, I don’t have medications. I’m just dosing up my daily vitamins and being extra careful on my daily activities, such as errands, work on set or at home, and just being very mindful on my physical activities.”
Kaya pinapayuhan at pinakikiusapan ni Diva ang maraming kabataan ngayon na mag-ingat sa sakit na COVID-19.
Marami pa rin ang hindi sumusunod sa pagsuot ng face mask at face shield. Yung iba ay isinasawalang-bahala ang social distancing sa public places.
“This pandemic has to be taken seriously. Because it’s not all about you, it’s our family and friends that we need to think about especially their safety and wellness.”
DIVA MONTELABA's christmas wish
Tulad ng marami, wish ni Diva ang pagbaba ng COVID-19 cases sa buong mundo at maging maganda ang pagpasok ng 2021 para sa lahat.
“May 2021 be a better year for everyone and for our COVID-19 cases to at least go down especially here in the Philippines.
“Stopping it is a bit hard as of the moment, so at least lessening down the cases would still be better.
“Maybe if the situation is already okay and we will be given the vaccine, I would love to travel again, spend more time with my family and friends and just explore life again, but with the new norm and new lessons that we’ve learned during this pandemic.”
DIVA MONTELABA NO LONGER EXCLUSIVE TO GMA-7
Unti-unti na ring bumabalik sa trabaho si Diva. Kahit wala na siyang kontrata with GMA Artist Center, nabibigyan pa rin daw siya ng guestings sa iba’t ibang shows.
“I am not exclusive with GMA anymore, but for the past 11 years, I’ve only done shows and projects under GMA.
“We just aired our Tadhana and Magpakailanman episodes last week on the same day and it was amazing.
“Though going back to tapings are a bit challenging right now cause of the pandemic.”