After months of chemotherapy, decorated mentor Roger Gorayeb received good news on Father’s Day, as he is now free from cancer.
Gorayeb, who is 60 years of age, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma late last year.
“Meron akong serum test about a month ago, lumabas dun na negative na ako sa lahat. Parang zero. Cancer-free na. Wala nang signs, wala na akong lesions sa buto ko,” the 22-time NCAA champion coach told Women In Action Philippines.
The current PLDT Home Fibr and San Sebastian head coach had eight sessions of chemotherapy.
Gorayeb’s case had complications, though, as besides having diabetes, the cancer also hit his kidney.
“’Yung doctor ang sabi niya sa akin, ‘Hindi namin akalain na mabubuhay ka pa coach, kasi wala kaming nakita ‘yung pinagdaanan mo na nabuhay nang ganyan. Mag-ingat kang maigi.’ Sana wala na talaga kasi natatakot sila. Baka madapa ako, mabali buto ko,” Gorayeb continued.
“Pero as of now, talagang wala nakong lesions sa bones ko. Ang binabantayan na lang sa’kin creatinine ko, hemoglobin ko.”
Gorayeb, one of only two triple-crown champions in the history of the V-League, will have another test on July — the final session of his therapy. And he hopes that the result remains the same, since he is raring to get back to volleyball.
“Siyempre, ‘yung doctor, ayaw pa rin niya sobra maging confident. July 1 ang last session ko. A week after nun, magpapa-test ulit ako. ‘Pag nag-negative uli dun, maintenance na lang ako. Hopefully, ‘wag nang bumalilk.”