On July 7, Gary Valenciano tweeted that he's "been cleared of the big C." The musician and icon was responding to fans who were worried about his health after reports surfaced this week that he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. (A teaser for his interview with Korina Sanchez on Rated K, which was released on July 6, revealed that he had cancer.)
Meanwhile, Gary's wife, Angeli Pangilinan Valenciano, wrote a heartfelt message on Instagram about his journey toward healing.
Her message began by saying that for 34 years, she has lived with a man who "has had type 1 diabetes for 39 years."
She then explained the struggles that they went through because of his condition: "Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are very different ailments. Type 1 is severe and requires daily insulin dependence. Twenty-six years of multiple daily injections and 13 years [of being] attached to an insulin pump through a tube installed every three days. Few [people] know the daily battles we faced, but many knew he was complication-free for 39 years. His organs were healthy and he would bike to ABS-CBN for ASAP from Antipolo, and [then] to MOA Arena from ABS-CBN!"
"While living with type 1 diabetes was a challenge, Gary has always been in good shape," Angeli recalled. Then, there were "nonstop medical challenges for six weeks."
On May 6, Gary had to undergo a coronary bypass because his coronary arteries were "95 percent blocked." On June 13, he had to undergo surgery again, this time for cancer.
Thankfully, his surgeries were successful. Angeli wrote, "And today we can say Gary remains standing! No weapon formed against him will prosper! He truly is a living miracle."
In fact, according to Angeli, Gary is currently working on a new show for ABS-CBN.
Angeli ended her post with, "My battle-scarred soldier stands up and will face the world again. We have a new, improved Gary [in] body, soul, and spirit."
Gary's exclusive interview with Korina Sanchez about his battle with cancer will air today, July 8.