COACH Roger Gorayeb continues the fight and hopes to be an inspiration to persons battling illnesses.
The former Philippine women’s team coach told Spin.ph he is doing very well, with one round of chemotherapy treatment for multiple myeloma left, and is eager to get back to full strength.
“Sa ngayon kasi patapos na yung chemotherapy ko. Okay naman yung katawan ko. Problema lang yung pwersa ko, wala pa masyadong strength kaya hopefully pagkatapos nito makabawi na ko na talagang makabalik sa normal,” said Gorayeb, diagnosed with the disease last year and spent two months in hospital while undergoing chemotherapy and dialysis.
“Ang hirap sabihin na cancer-free na talaga but if we will base it on the result noong previous test ko parang ganun na nga na wala na siyang trace noong multiple myeloma,” he added. “Sana mag-negative lahat para maintenance na lang sa gamot na lang wala na yung matitinding pag-chemo.”
The veteran coach known for his never-give-up attitude admitted he was on the brink of surrender when he woke up in intensive care, worried about his family and teams.
“Nagbibilang ako ng mga araw dumating ako sa point na sabi ko, ‘Doc kung hindi pa ako gagaling hayaan nyo na akong mamatay,’” Gorayeb said. “Kung mamamatay ako, mamatay na lang talaga ako wag na ko pahirapan. Kung mabubuhay bigyan nyo na ako ng lakas.”
“Ang winoworry ko lang during that time ayoko may mangyari sa akin kasi paano naman yung pamilya ko yun ang laging nasa isip ko yung family ko at yung mga players,” said the PLDT and San Sebastian head coach.
While Gorayeb was overwhelmed with pain, his players rallied around him.
From despair to hope and optimism, Gorayeb now looks forward to a new life.
“Hindi ko sila dapat i-disappoint kasi sayang naman yung effort nila, yung pagdarasal nila, kung pababayaan ko lang yung sarili ko. Nilabanan ko talaga,” he said.
Gorayeb was able to return to the sidelines and call the shots for PLDT in March in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix before the coronavirus pandemic wiped out sporting events.
He hopes the story of his battle with disease will help boost the morale of propel battling various illnesses, not only cancer patients, especially in the time of pandemic.
“Gusto ko naman makainspire din sa ibang may sakit din, hindi lahat ng bagay walang solusyon,” he said. “Imagine mo yung kidney ko six percent na lang ang nawowork wasak na wasak na siya, pero after four months of dialysis naibalik siya sa normal. Imagine mo yun yung kidney ko at cancer malalagpasan ko sila.”
“Talagang sana lahat ng sakit wag sila mawawalan ng pagasa.”