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Anthony Taberna’s daughter Zoey now cancer-free after more than 2 years

"After 167 long days, we went back home to the Philippines. And now I am totally cancer-free!"

Patricia Matalog
Patricia Matalog

7/6/2022 in News
Anthony Taberna’s daughter Zoey now cancer-free after more than 2 years

Anthony Taberna's daughter Zoey is officially cancer-free after her more than a two-year battle with leukemia.

On Monday, July 4, Zoey narrated on Instagram her battle in the first two years since she was diagnosed in December 2019. According to her, everything had been going on "smoothly" not until December 2021, when she suddenly felt ill and experienced pain on different parts of her body.

"When they brought me to the hospital, they did tests and said that I had problems with my blood sugar because it was way higher than it was supposed to be. Some doctors said it was caused by my steroid medications, and by over consumption of sugar," she recalled.



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After further reviewing of the tests, Zoey said the doctors found out that her acute lymphoblastic leukemia had morphed into acute myeloid leukemia, which meant that "all of the cancer cells that were supposed to be long gone, came back in a way more dangerous and fatal form."

During that time, Zoey said she had a "hard time understanding" what was happening to her body since her condition was "very rare."

When she was supposed to repeat her chemotherapy all over again, her doctors recommended she get her medical care in Singapore. "My parents wanted the better option, so that we could be sure that I will be fully healed," she said. 

"My parents did their best to find a way for us to get there, even during the pandemic. Luckily, we were given permission to go. All of this happened in a span of just 2 weeks so I really still couldn't process everything in my mind," she continued. "I didn't want to leave home, especially because my family and friends were there, and we had to be away for around 6 months. And when I heard that I was going to do intensive chemo again, I got so scared," she shared.

Zoey and her family then flew to Singapore in January earlier this year where she immediately underwent chemotherapy. Her sister Helga also became her donor for the bone marrow transplant she underwent.

With all the pain she's been experiencing, the 13-year-old admitted there were times that she felt it was the end for her. But with the love and support from her loved ones, and her faith in God, she powered through her battles.

"Everything that I went through here definitely wasn't easy, especially because of the side effects of my treatment. I experienced things that, looking back now, I thought I wouldn't be able to handle," she said. "But with the support of my loved ones and God, I was able to get over it. Literally every bad thing that happened to me was such a blur. I'm not gonna lie, there were so many times that I thought that it was the end for me. That my life would end at 13 years old," she admitted.

Holding on to her remaining ounce of strength, Zoey pushed through with her treatments despite the "terrible pain." She proceeded with the transplant, and stayed in Singapore for 100 more days to further observe her condition.

Finally, after all the treatments, tests, and transplant, Zoey is officially cancer-free.

"The day I've been waiting for came! After 167 long days, we went back home to the Philippines. And now I am totally cancer-free! I would still have checkups and maintenance drug infusions from time to time, but that is nothing compared to what I've been through," she said.

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