Wendy Valdez got emotional on Instagram when she revealed her one-year-old son, Seth, would be undergoing hip surgery.
Early in the year, the former Pinoy Big Brother housemate opened up about Seth's medical condition.
Seth's hip bone is not in the right position, and he needs to wear braces to keep it aligned.
He was born with spina bifida, a condition that "happens when a baby is in the womb and the spinal column does not close all of the way."
Some time in August 2018, Wendy reported that Seth no longer needed to wear his hip brace for the whole day.
The celebrity mom wrote, "After 4 months in a harness and 7 months in a brace, night time niya na lang daw isusuot ang hip brace niya, sa araw puwede nang wala.
"If the hips would hold up during the 2 week observation of not wearing the brace at daytime, puwede na siya ulit mag-therapy."
Wendy and her husband Normann Garcia were grateful for the progress, but their celebration did not last long.
Early this week, Wendy gave another update about Seth's condition in a lengthy four-part Instagram post.
In the first post, she recounted the heartbreaking news that Seth's hip bone was out of place again.
"IT'S OK TO CRY AND BE SAD," she began.
"I felt my heart pound when they were giving me the X-ray for Seth's hip. What could go wrong? We celebrated him being out of his hip brace at day time, and we are just getting another check up to be sure...
"Then they handed it to me... With so many X-rays already done to Seth's hip, I [knew] already what I [needed] to see.
"Is it in?
"I pulled the film, and my heart sank. His hip was out again.
"Apparently, when he kicks, it comes out. But when he is relaxed, it is in."
Because of this development, doctors recommended Wendy and Normann's next option—spica casting.
Wendy continued, "Seth's legs would be cemented in place for 3 months, so he won't be able to move until the hip would build strong ligaments to hold it.
"I felt down and wanted to cry.
"My baby, who is starting to roll over and sit on his own, would wake up and he won't be able to move again..
"Why wouldn't I be sad with situations like that?"
PERSEVERANCE AND LONG SUFFERING
Wendy talked about keeping the faith in her second post.
She continued, "I thought of all those times that we worked hard around his harness and his brace. All those late, long nights that we have to go to his doctor to see if the braces are helping.
"I thought, 'Are all those for nothing? We achieved nothing? What was all that for?'
"Then two words in my head... 'Perseverance' and 'long suffering.'
"It dawned on me that those are what God is trying to bless me with in this process. That's why He said I can trust [the process] and Him ultimately...
"I wanted healing for Seth, but He wanted to give me more valuable gifts than that. Fruits for my life eternal. What money can't buy... God never stops working. He wants me to be more like Christ..."
In her third Instagram post, Wendy fully internalized the words "perseverance" and "long suffering," reminding herself to trust the Lord.
"Sometimes, we are just in that moment where we have to wait and go through that waiting in uncertainty and hope. Hope that we may get what we pray for, and uncertainty of what's next.
"The answer to our prayer maybe a yes or a no. I have learned that while in this season of waiting... I can go on, and actually live in this moment. Not putting my all my hope on a yes, but IN CHRIST. Trusting Him that in this place, where nobody really likes being into, God is doing something. In my heart.. In the process.. And I get to know Him, and worhsip Him.
"As always, He will be here with me.
"Making every waiting time so worth it...
"Perseverance and long suffering. Such wonderful gifts I never thought would ever be alive in my heart...
"For now, I could be sad, I could cry, but I could also REJOICE for what's to come and even with what is here NOW... A BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY OF REAL LIFE, overcoming WITH CHRIST."
Wendy talked more about Seth's surgery in her fourth post.
At first, she and her husband tried to keep Seth's hip in place with "a tighter, more secure brace."
They noticed that "it held for a moment," but when their remedy no longer worked, they brought Seth to a new doctor for a second opinion.
That was when they found out that both hip bones were out of its place, and were told Seth needed surgery.
Wendy continued, "[The doctor] believes surgery is a better option, because [Seth] would be put in a cast still any other way. My husband and I decided to stick to this diagnosis."
The mother of one cried her heart out, "Kung iyakin ako noon, mas iyakin siguro ako ngayon.
"Ang difference lang ngayon, Kay God na ko umiiyak, Hindi sa alak...
"I cried the day after I was told he needed operation. And maybe a series of them. Was told that a surgery is not a guarantee.
"Of course, God is in complete control...
"I am asking for your prayers for Seth once again. Before his operation, for him to be strong and prepared.
"For full recovery and no complications...
"While he is on a cast, for us to adapt and manage well.
"Of course, for his hips to be secured where they need to be.
"I will miss him trying to crawl and sitting by himself.
"I pray that he won't get bored, and we will be able to care for him and clean him properly on a cast.
"Will update again on the day of his operation."