Naging open ang Kapamilya TV host na si Kim Atienza tungkol sa naging sakit niya noon, ang Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
Noong 2013 ay nagamot na raw si Kuya Kim sa sakit niyang ito na muntik na niyang ikamatay.
Kaya noong February 28, na tinaguriang Rare Disease Day, nag-post ang 51-year-old TV host sa kanyang Instagram page ng isang larawan na kinunan five years ago, noong ginagamot pa lang siya sa kanyang sakit na Guillain-Barre Syndrome o GBS.
Sa caption ni Kuya Kim, nagpapasalamat siya sa Diyos sa kanyang paggaling at ipinangakong tuluy-tuloy ang pagtulong niya para sa mga nagiging biktima ng sakit na ito.
Karamihan daw sa mga may ganitong sakit sa ating bansa ay mga kabataan, at hiniling ni Kuya Kim na mabigyan ng sapat na atensiyon at tulong ang mga ito.
Narito ang kanyang Instagram post:
Today, the last day of February is celebrated as Rare Disease Day. I’m sharing this as a way of helping create awareness for rare diseases. A few years ago I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare but serious autoimmune disorder. God worked his miracle through the doctors who looked after me and healed me. Some aren’t as lucky. There are patients, especially kids in the Philippines who suffer from various rare disease. Let’s help them live better lives. If you’re interested in helping contact the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders at firstname.lastname@example.org #rarediseaseday #rarediseases #careforrareph Photo credit Val Pineda of Silverlinings Photography
Ayon sa Wikipedia, ang sakit na Guillain–Barré syndrome or GBS “is a rapid-onset muscle weakness caused by the immune system damaging the peripheral nervous system. The initial symptoms are typically changes in sensation or pain along with muscle weakness, beginning in the feet and hands. This often spreads to the arms and upper body, with both sides being involved. The symptoms develop over hours to a few weeks. During the acute phase, the disorder can be life-threatening, with about 15% developing weakness of the breathing muscles requiring mechanical ventilation. Some are affected by changes in the function of the autonomic nervous system, which can lead to dangerous abnormalities in heart rate and blood pressure.”
Kabilang sa mga kilalang tao na nagkaroon ng sakit na GBS ay ang American actor na si Andy Griffith, football player Markus Babbel, British actress Kelly-Marie Stewart, at American Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines.