Noong February 2014 ay na-diagnose na may leukemia o cancer of the blood ang bunsong anak ni Jackie Forster na si Caleigh.
Ngunit kamakailan lamang ay masayang ibinalita ni Jackie na in remission na si Caleigh.
Eksklusibong nakapanayam ni Boy Abunda sa The Buzz 15 si Jackie noong Linggo, June 1.
Dito ay kinumusta ng TV host kay Jackie ang tatlong taong gulang na si Caleigh at ang kundisyon nito ngayon.
Sagot niya, “We believe she’s cured.
“Medically speaking, she’s in remission. She needs to go for two years of chemotherapy.
“But when we look at her, when we pray, when we talk about her, she’s cured.”
Ano ang nag-udyok sa kanya noon upang ipagamot ang anak?
“Noong una, nilalagnat siya. It was on and off.
“So, better to bring her to a specialist, like a pediatrician.
“I was scared, it could be dengue.
“So, when I took her to the pediatrician, Monday…
“So, when the doctor told me, because she had the blood drawn, of course, she knew the symptoms.
“Feeling niya, she might have leukemia.
“And then, I was even thinking, ‘Ano yung leukemia? Yeah, it’s a sickness, but no, it’s dengue, right?’
“Parang in denial pa nga ako noon.
"And, yeah, everything just started to unfold, one by one, after that."
CANCER. Nagdarasal ba si Caleigh kasama niya?
Mabilis na tumango si Jackie at sinabing, “Yeah, siya pa nga ang nagdarasal para sa amin.”
Ano ang sinasabi ni Caleigh?
“’Keep us safe. Keep us healthy. Thank You.’
“She only learned the word ‘cancer’ recently from her brother [Jared], but she doesn’t use it.
“What she calls what she has, ang tawag niya dun, ‘alien.’”
Paano sinabi ng kuya ni Caleigh ang salitang “cancer”?
Kuwento ni Jackie, “Because he mentioned the word cancer to me when we were talking.
“Palagi lang naming sinasabi na mahaba yung paggagamot ni Caleigh.
“And we say, ‘Until we kill the alien, we need to do this.’
“So, one time, he said, ‘Mom, I asked the people in the church to pray for Caleigh.’
“And I said, ‘Why?’
“’Don’t get mad, Mom, I told them she has cancer.’
“I said, ‘But who told you she has cancer?’
“’Mom, Ms. Turner had cancer before. She lost her hair. Caleigh’s bald. She’s sick. Cancer.’”
Ang tinutukoy ng anak na Ms. Turner ay isang teacher nito sa eskuwelahan.
FIGHTING FOR CALEIGH. Kailan dumating kay Jackie ang kaisipang ilalaban niya ang anak?
Sagot ng dating Regal baby, “You know, whatever may happen, I’m gonna fight this through with my head held high.
“Because I know, I know that people will gonna say, ‘Ayan, ayan kasi...’
“And then, I prayed about it. I can’t let people keep bringing me down.”
Hindi na napigilan ni Jackie na maging emosyunal at maluha sa puntong ito.
Ano nga ba ang pinaka-worse na puwedeng sabihin sa kanya ng mga tao?
“On my Instagram, I have people say that it’s my fault. It’s my karma.”
Ano ang isinagot niya?
“My God doesn’t work that way.”
Hindi naman lingid sa kaalaman ng karamihan na hindi maganda ang relasyon ni Jackie sa dalawang anak niya sa dating asawang si Benjie Paras—sina Andre at Kobe.
Muling nakapag-asawa si Jackie ng isang Dutch kung saan mayroon din siyang dalawang anak—sina Jared at Caleigh.
GOING BALD. Ano ang dasal ni Jackie ngayon?
“I pray that she enjoys her life—a long and healthy life.
“I pray that she forgets all the pain.
“And it works, you know, she’s so resilient.
“Grabe siya, kakaopera lang, iiyak siya ng konti, ipapaalala ko sa kanya, ‘Hindi na dapat iiyak ‘yan. Kapag iniisip mo, lalong sasakit, anak.’”
Upang ipakita ang suporta sa kanyang anak na nakakalbo dahil sa chemotherapy, si Jackie mismo ay nagpaikli rin ng buhok.
Saad ng dating aktres, “She was scared sa umpisa. Natatakot siyang magtanong.
“But when she goes to the hospital, nakikita niya lahat sila magkamukha.
“So, she needed to know eventually. We did it medyo gradual.
“She massaged her hair… She mentioned, ‘When will my hair grow long?’
“So, that’s the time for me to tell her.”
BLAMING HERSELF. Napagdaanan na rin daw ni Jackie yung sisihin ang sarili kung may hindi man magandang nangyayari sa mga mahal niya sa buhay.
Pero sabi niya, “I’m over it.
“I didn’t go through it. I just wanted to know why it needed to happen.
“If you see the kind of inspiration Caleigh is, what she does, even to the nurse when she’s tired, she sings for them.”
Maraming mga magulang na posibleng pinagdadaanan ang pinagdadaanan niya ngayon. Ano ang mensahe niya sa mga ito?
Sabi ni Jackie, “You just have to focus on the good.
“But what you need to do for the person to get well, most important is to be happy. To make that person’s life happy.
“Caleigh, after chemo or surgery or any procedure, she’ll wake up the next day and she’ll ask me to open the window and tell me to look outside and see how beautiful it is.
“She paints for me and she paints a boat and water and she’ll paint the sky pink.
“And I said, ‘Caleigh, it’s supposed to be blue.’
“’No, Mom, it’s pink and orange.’
“And I’ll say, ‘Okay.’
“Then, days later, I’ll look out and she’ll say, ‘See, I told you so.’
“She’s an angel.”