Former actress Monica Herrera reveals ordeal with stroke, brain tumor

by Jojo Gabinete
Jan 4, 2022
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Monica Herrera: "I'm too lucky if I look at the situation because it was purely GOD's blessings that I'm ALIVE! It's hard but I just sometimes have to close my eyes and accept this in our daily life. After all, we are all here to enjoy our earthly journey. I am just hoping I can walk again."
PHOTO/S: File / Monica Herrera

Noong June 2017, dumating ang malaking pagsubok sa kalusugan ng dating aktres na si Monica Herrera, 51, na matapang nitong hinarap at lalong nagpatibay sa pananalig niya sa Panginoong Diyos.

Pagbabalik-tanaw niya, “I had a stroke last June 4, 2017. That was so sudden, everyone was shocked!

"No one knew about my condition before except the immediate family and close relatives.

“My family chose to be quiet because they do not like others to pity me and besides, inisip ko na my friends will surely do something to help, like fundraising for me, asking charitable institutions, when in fact this is draining my savings already.

"Imagine, more than four years na... FOOLISH PRIDE! Last year, nag-decide na kami na it's about time to expose my condition, little by little.

"I was admitted in the ICU of Capitol Medical Center for a week and was confined for a month. Stroke was a bit big and has affected one major arterial supply.

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"The left side of my body was affected, I can't move my left arm and left leg. My memory is still sharp though.

"I'm continuously going to the rehab three times a week pero natigil since the pandemic."

Sabi pa ni Monica, "I'm too lucky if I look at the situation because it was purely GOD's blessings that I'm ALIVE! It's hard but I just sometimes have to close my eyes and accept this in our daily life.

"After all, we are all here to enjoy our earthly journey. I am just hoping I can walk again."

Eksklusibong nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Monica nitong Lunes, January 3, 2022.

BRAIN TUMOR

Hindi natapos sa stroke ang mga pagsubok kay Monica dahil natuklasan ng mga doktor na may brain tumor siya, isang panibagong dagok sa buhay niya na lalong nagpatatag sa kanyang relasyon sa Diyos.

"May nakita nga na meningioma sa brain ko. Slow growing naman daw. Nothing to worry at the time.

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"Ang sabi lang ng doktor, kailangan after five years, magpa-MRI daw ulit ako para malaman kung lumaki o hindi ang tumor.

"Kaya nang ma-confine ulit ako sa ospital noong November 2021, nagpa-MRI ako.

"Nalaman ng doktor na medyo lumaki raw, tapos afer four or five years, magpapa-MRI ulit ako para malaman kung mas lumaki pa.

"Delikado raw kapag lumaki nang husto. Kailangan nang operahan ako.

"Please pray na hindi na sana lumaki. I’m scared pero I know God will heal me," may kurot at tagos sa puso na hiling ni Monica.

Naninindigan ang aktres na walang pagbabago sa pananampalataya niya sa Maykapal sa kabila ng mga pinagdaraanan niya.

Pahayag niya, "So much blessings have been bestowed upon my life last 2021, I am really thankful to God.

"Nothing has changed. My God is still my God. I don’t blame God for placing me at one point in a dark corner.

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"I would rather thank Him for giving me the light to make it bright! Inspite of what happened to me, I'm still here.

"I thank God for letting me see the miracle of a new morning. I'm also thankful to God for having a family like mine.

"I’m really grateful to my family for continuously taking care of me, for all the love, support and encouraging me to participate in my rehabilitation."

Ano ang mga panalangin niya ngayon sa Panginoong Diyos?

"That God will continue to bless me and all my loved ones. Kahit ganito ako, I'm showered with so much love.

"I also pray for lots of luck, good health and safety for all and I hope that this pandemic would end soon," dasal ni Monica.

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Monica Herrera: "I'm too lucky if I look at the situation because it was purely GOD's blessings that I'm ALIVE! It's hard but I just sometimes have to close my eyes and accept this in our daily life. After all, we are all here to enjoy our earthly journey. I am just hoping I can walk again."
PHOTO/S: File / Monica Herrera
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