“When life situations get rough, I find myself taking deep breaths… And I am ready 2 take on new challenges. Living life. One day at a time.”
That was Zsa Zsa Padilla’s tweet early Sunday morning as news broke out that the already grief-stricken partner of the late, great Comedy King Dolphy had been diagnosed with stage 1 kidney cancer.
Earlier reports stated that the 48-year-old singer-actress was conspicuously absent at the Mass for the 40th day after Dolphy’s death held Saturday because she had left for Los Angeles to seek medical treatment.
She consulted doctors at Cedars Sinai Hospital after her doctors at the Makati Medical Center had detected an abnormal growth in her kidneys.
Zsa Zsa told ABS-CBN News on Sunday that a certain Dr. Folkes, her doctor at the Los Angeles-based medical facility, told her that she has a malignant growth the size of a golf ball.
“The first time I saw Dr. Folkes, he immediately told me it was malignant. So when I heard that word ‘malignant,’ I said, ‘Oh man, I have cancer.’ I went back the next day for blood work and a scan and it showed the same thing — almost a 3 centimeters growth — and he advised for it to be taken out,” Padilla said.
News of her ailment took everyone by surprise, including the very people that form part of her extended Quizon family.
“I just heard about it too,” Ronnie Quizon, one of Dolphy’s 18 children, admitted to Interaksyon.
“Whether it’s confirmed or not, I think, with a little help, it could be cured. I have a friend who was diagnosed with stage 1 cancer before, and now he’s completely cancer-free. We even had common friends who were praying for him before, and have passed on even ahead of us,” Ronnie added.
Zsa Zsa’s colleagues in the industry were also quick to issue statements of support.
“We love you. Get well soon. We are all praying for you,” said fellow singer Gary Valenciano, a co-host at the Sunday noontime show, “ASAP” and a co-star in the upcoming movie musical, “I Do Bidoo Bidoo (Heto nAPO Sila)”.
Twitter was also flooded with an outpouring of support as “Zsa Zsa Padilla” is now a trending topic following the news of her ailment.
@zsazsapadilla I love yah
Paolo Valenciano @paolovalenciano
Prayers for sec Robredo and my ninang @zsazsapadilla ….
Luis Manzano @luckymanzano
@zsazsapadilla – we’ll be praying ms. Z! Get well ASAP
Angeli Pangilinan V @AngeliPV
Th @ASAPOfficial family has a special message today 4 our dear@zsazsapadilla who has been diagnosed with Stage 1 kidney cancer. #JesusHeals
Janice de Belen @Super_Janice
@zsazsapadilla i am praying for you
RUFFA GUTIERREZ @iloveruffag
Let’s pray for @zsazsapadilla ‘s recovery… RT @ANCALERTS: ZsaZsa Padilla diagnosed with Stage 1 kidney cancer
Gel Santos Relos @GelSantosRelos
@zsazsapadilla Praying for you, Zsa Zsa…may God’s grace keep you strong and faithful, awaiting the Lord’s miracles… A day at a time…
Twinky Lagdameo @twinkylagdameo
@zsazsapadilla praying for you and your family. God is good and He heals! We are behind you all the way. God bless you.
bianca gonzalez @iamsuperbianca
staying hopeful! praying for miss @zsazsapadilla. RT @ANCALERTSZsa Zsa Padilla diagnosed with Stage 1 kidney cancer
Mark Aranal @direkmarky
Pls pray for Zsa Zsa Padilla who is diagnosed with stage 1 kidney cancer. I worked with her when I directed an independence day concert.