Beauty queen Bea Santiago has revealed that after her “kidney failure,” she’s been undergoing dialysis at Toronto General Hospital in Canada.
“I was diagnosed months ago, I was in denial and that’s why I left the Philippines to get a second opinion in Tokyo and when it turned out to be a confirmation. (I) Flew right away to be with my family and my potential live donors,” she wrote on Instagram. “Yes, I will be needing a life saving transplant. I live because of a machine, my dialysis machine and the doctors and nurses at Home Hemo Dialysis centre in Toronto General. I am blessed and I will continue to spread positivity to the world.”
The Miss International 2013 winner knows things could be more challenging ahead but she remains optimistic.
Though “things like this happens,” she pointed out it “does not mean I’m done.”
Beauty queen Bea Santiago at Toronto General Hospital (Instagram)
Bea declared she’s “unstoppable and will be healed.”
“God loves me and he keeps showering me with love and blessings from friends and family! I am lucky and I am loved…” part of her message read.
The comments section of her post was filled with prayers and kind words.
“You got this bae! Will come visit you soon!” – British-Filipino TV personality Maggie Wilson
“Praying for you on Jesus Name” – Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman
“Love you Bei and loving the positivity. We will be praying for your healing and for your heart!!!” – Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong
"Queen. Warrior. We can’t wait till you come back” – actress Dionne Monsanto
“love you.” – comedienne Kakai Bautista
“Praying for your complete healing” – model-anchor Gretchen Fullido
“Get well soon! Praying for you.” – Miss Intercontinental Philippines 2014 Kris Janson
“praying for you” – singer-actor Mark Bautista
“Get well bae! Keep strong! Love you” – model-actress Cindy Miranda
“Love ya Bear” – Miss Universe Philippines 2013 Ariella Arida
“Praying with u Bea, be strong!” – Miss Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco
Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters commented with a series of heart emojis while prominent Chinese-Filipino entrepreneur Ben Chan left praying emojis.
In another post, Bea wrote: “For the past three and a half months I’ve been coming to this hospital, four times a week five hours a day. I wake up 5:30 or 6 a.m. travel two hours and set my machine up. It tested my whole being. I took uber, lyft, go trains, YRT and TTC to get to the hospital. It tested my patience, confidence in myself, my faith, and my family. Not gonna lie it’s still an ongoing process.”
“I have…days where I allow myself to feel pity, sad and angry towards myself (usually weekly) but I lift myself up, listen to Queen and dance naked (I look amazing naked since I lost water weight and been keeping it because of my machine) God could have let things happen by itself, without Him intervening It could have been worse or in a trophy from MI (not kidding I want my ashes in my trophy),” she continued. “God wanted me to live so He made me go to the ER for my migraines, He gave me friends who are too loving they can be saints and a family and bestfriends that’s willing to share their organs without me forcing them. I am here because He wanted me to be here and for that I am grateful and will forever be in love with HIM.”