|Actress Liezl Martinez. File photo
MANILA, Philippines – Years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, actress Liezl Martinez opened up for the first time about the current state of her health.
Martinez, who learned of her condition in 2007, said she and her family continue to monitor her health with periodic check-ups.
“It’s continuous monitoring, every three months, check-up, sa ganu’n talaga ‘yun,” she said in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News.
The actress, who had a remission in 2010 but had gone on to continue her battle with cancer in late 2011, shared that waiting for the results of every check-up can feel like waiting for a “sentence" on her life.
“Every three months, kumbaga ‘yung dibdib mo – ‘yung parang naghihintay ka ng sintensya, ganu’n. Habang hindi pa pumapasok ‘yung mga resulta ng mga test mo, hindi mo alam, ano ba ‘to, sintensya mo na ba ‘to? Parang ano ‘di ba, ‘You can continue to live for another three months,’” she said.
Despite this, Martinez said she avoids worrying too much about her condition.
“I just have to take it one day at a time, because really, what can I do if I worry about it? I just have to live my life and continue,” she said.
Martinez, who will spend Mother’s Day on Sunday with her husband Albert, her family and some close friends, said the annual celebration has become more meaningful to her since she came to terms with her health condition.
“Especially now, after what has happened to me, it’s really been very meaningful, because my kids are not kids anymore,” she said.
Martinez said she feels relieved that her children Alyanna, Alfonso and Alissa are now adults who are able to take care of themselves.
“My youngest is 20 years old. Alyanna will be 27 already. I am so blessed that malaki na sila, na hindi ko na sila wino-worry. That’s the first thing, kasi iniisip ko na lang ang sarili ko – nu’ng may sakit ako, hindi ko na sila pino-problema. Sila ‘yung nagaalaga sakin, sila ‘yung nagwo-worry sa’kin,” she said.
“Ang-laking bagay, ang laking ginhawa sa ’kin na I don’t have to worry about them because they are already adults. And no matter what happens to me, feeling ko adults na sila, I don’t have to worry na, ‘Naku, sino magtuturo sa kanila ‘pag wala na ako?’”
Martinez is also confident that she has raised her children well, saying she feels “blessed” to have “good kids and a good family” who have been beside her all the way.
“Na-establish ko na ‘yung foundation sa kanila, I know they’re good kids. They will encounter many more problems in the future, pero nakikita ko naman na tumatayo sila pag nadadapa, so masaya ako na napalaki ko sila nang maayos, nang mabuting tao.
“Sobra akong blessed. Anytime I go, I don’t have any complaints, because I became a mother, I have good kids, I have a good family. What more can I ask for?”
Meanwhile, Martinez will take on duties as a judge in the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) case involving the Tulfo brothers and their alleged on-air threats against celebrity couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto.