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  • Rossel Taberna Blamed Herself For Daughter’s Leukemia: ‘I Felt So Guilty Being Extra Busy’

    The mom was so scared and regretful after finding out her daughter's illness.
    by Kitty Elicay .
  • It was only last week that former ABS-CBN anchor Anthony Taberna revealed through a social media post that his daughter, Zoey, 12, is battling leukemia and recently lost her hair due to chemotherapy.

    Zoey is Anthony and wife Rossel Taberna’s eldest child. They have two daughters.

    The same day that Anthony revealed Zoey's illness to the public, Rossel also uploaded a similar post. She recalls Zoey asking to use her phone so that she can post about what she is going through, and also to show that she's no longer embarrassed about having lost her hair due to her treatments.

    She also uploaded photos taken in the hospital where Zoey is confined, including a shot of Zoey having her hair shaved.

    “Today at 4:10 p.m.: 'Mommy, can I use my phone saglit po? I want to post something po and there’s one photo that I wanna post because I’m not scared anymore," Roselle wrote on her Facebook post.

    She adds, “Feeling emotional today but Zoey’s message and post turned the emo Mom in me into one proud Mommah.

    "Kahit na pinaiyak niyo na naman ako ng Daddy mo, I’m super happy cos you’ve finally decided to show the world how beautiful you are — with or without hair."

    In her Facebook post, Roselle also revealed the burden and guilt she felt after finding out her daughter's illness. "A year ago when you were diagnosed with leukemia, I was so scared and regretful. I cannot help but blame myself.

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    “Bakit hindi ko nalaman sooner? Why didn’t I notice your abrupt weight-loss? I felt so guilty for being extra busy and I know in my heart, kasalanan ko.

    "But I am also blessed with a very loving and supportive husband. He would always remind me that it’s no one’s fault and that we are just facing a major life challenge."

    Rossel also praised Zoey’s bravery despite the illness she is facing. She wrote, “"Takot na takot ako, Atch pero napakatapang mo. You don’t even complain and it hurts me even more. Kahit alam ko na masakit na masakit, you tried to stay calm because you didn’t want us to worry.

    "Ni ayaw mo kami gisingin ni Daddy mo pag madaling araw when you want to pee dahil ayaw mo kami maabala. Cos you know we’re always tired. Sobrang bait mo, anak."

    She also prayed for her daughter’s continued healing. "I know a lot of you do not know what really happened to Zoey. Ang iba naman especially our friends would always say 'parang wala naman kayong pinagdadaanan' and I will just stay quiet. Alam ko kasi sa puso ko, anak, na pinagagaling ka na Niya.

    "At buo ang tiwala ko sa Diyos na dinirinig Niya ang ating mga panalangin at ang araw- araw nating pagpapahid ng langis."

    Rossel went on to thank all those who helped and continued to support them throughout their ordeal, including Zoey's doctors, their  youngest, Scoopy, who she says was "extra understanding and for being responsible and independent kahit na madalas wala si Mommy and Daddy," and her husband "for being the most positive human being in my world. Napaka-palad ko na ikaw ang katuwang ko sa buhay."

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    She also shared a message for her eldest: "To Zoey, anak for being strong and brave and for having a strong faith in Him. And to our Lord God for giving us strength in spite of all the struggles that we have been through and the new challenge we are facing right now. Kayo na po ang bahala sa amin."

    "1 year down 2 more years to go for your complete healing, Atchi. Mahal na mahal ka namin."

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