NAKIKIPAGLABAN ngayon sa colon cancer ang tinaguriang “Iron Man” ng Philippine Basketball Association na si LA Tenorio.
Na-diagnose ng Stage 3 colon cancer ang 38-anyos professional basketball player at Barangay Ginebra guard, base na rin sa official statement na ipinost sa PBA website kahapon, March 21.
Humingi ng paumanhin si LA sa publiko lalo sa mga supporters ng Ginebra dahil inilihim muna niya ang kanyang health condition matapos malaman ang initial diagnosis sa kanya three weeks ago.
Marami kasi ang nagtaka kung bakit hindi nakapaglaro ang veteran cager sa Gin Kings campaign ng PBA Governors’ Cup. Ang announcement ng kanyang team ay sumailalim siya sa surgery noong March 8 “for an aggravated sports hernia”.
“I was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. The initial testing three weeks ago led me to instantly miss practices and games. I have completed my surgery last week and will soon undergo treatment for the next few months,” ang pahayag ni LA Tenorio.
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Ipinagdiinan naman ng Ginebra player na hindi pa siya magre-retire sa PBA at naniniwala siya na makaka-recover din siya very soon sa tulong na rin ng kanyang mga doktor mula sa Philippines at Singapore.
“I have given not only 17 full years to the PBA, but have dedicated my whole life to basketball. I have committed my body and health for the love of the game. It has been my passion and love. Sadly, there are things beyond one’s control,” sabi pa ni LA.
Sabi pa ng PBA player, “I would like to issue a statement about my health status by firstly apologizing to my teammates, some coaches, the PBA, the fans, the media and even some friends.
“As most of you are aware I have been nursing a minor injury since the Finals last January. I used that as the reason for my sudden absence. My sincerest apologies to all.
“With my profession in sports tied in health and entertainment, it will be very difficult to keep the real reason a secret any longer and will only lead to unnecessary gossips, fake news and misinterpretations,” aniya pa.
Dagdag pang pahayag ni LA, “But with my FAITH, I am lifting everything to God now and I believe there is a higher purpose as I go through this part of my life.
“I am not yet retiring from the game I love, and with the help of the best doctors in the Philippines and Singapore, I BELIEVE i can touch a basketball once more and return stronger,” sabi pa ni LA Tenorio.
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