Cheers from supporters greeted video blogger Wil Dasovich on his arrival at the NAIA on Tuesday, more than six months since he left the country to undergo treatment for cancer.
Now describing himself as cancer-free, the former “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate said it’s good to be back and he misses the hot weather the most. “Atat na atat na akong makita ang Manila and the Philippines ulit (I’m very excited to see Manila and the Philippines again,)” he told ABS-CBN News in an interview at the airport, where he arrived with girlfriend Alodia Gosiengfiao. He added that “Nakalimutan ko ang mainit na panahon. Maalinsangan. I’m so excited for the weather kasi super malamig doon sa San Francisco. (I already forgot the hot weather. Sultry. I’m so excited for the weather because it is super cold back there in San Francisco.)”
The ex-housemate of Pinoy Big Brother describe his return home as surreal, with all the changes in his life and yet a lot of things staying the same. “It’s surreal. Kasi andami kong pinagdaanan in the last six months and parang tapos na lahat, and then biglang nandito na ako ulit sa Philippines.
Parang normal lang. everything’s just the same again, (It’s surreal. Because I experience a lot in the last six months and it seems everything just ended, and then suddenly I am here again in the Philippines. It look as if just like normal. Everything is just the same again” he said. Dasovich admits he would have to get used to being treated like a celebrity again. “Medyo culture-shocked ako, I mean, with everyone coming up to me and taking pictures and stuff. Parang di ako sanay. Kasi ang buhay ko super nag-iba. It’s been so quiet.
Medyo recluse sa Marin county near San Francisco (I am a little bit of culture-shocked. I mean with everyone coming up to me and taking pictures and stuff. As if I am not used to. Because my life really change. It’s been so quiet. It is a bit recluse in Marin country near San Francisco.) He added “Masasanay din ako sa mga attention and everything. I was used to it for the last couple of years, so definitely it’s an adjusting period. (I will be used to the given attention and everything. I was used to it for the last couple of years, so definitely it’s an adjusting period.)”
Dasovich said aside from reuniting with family and friends here, he’s excited to travel the country again to produce more stories for his video blog or vlog, which has over a million subscribers on YouTube.
But after his experience with illness, he’s determined to strike a balance for his health—with a little help from his girlfriend. “I’m sure excited kang mag-work but you have to rest, (I’m sure you are excited to work but you have to rest)” the cosplay queen told Dasovich during the interview. Dasovich said he is officially in remission, meaning he would have to monitor his health for the next few years before getting a clean bill of health.
Aside from Gosiengfiao, who has been flying between San Francisco and Manila for the past few months, Dasovich has his parents to thank for getting him through his illness. “They’re driving me every single week to chemotherapy. Sila ang bahala sa mga paperworks and all that stuff habang I’m recovering and everything. Sila yung nagluluto para sa ’kin. (They took take of the paper works and all that stuff while I’m recovering and everything.
They even cook for me.)” But Dasovich’s biggest thanks is reserved for the viewers of his vlog, who followed his cancer journey through his videos. Their biggest gift to him, he said, was hope through their encouragement online. “Not many people have that support system of all these people.
Parang gumana talaga lahat ng mga prayers of all the million people that subscribed to my channel, so siyempre I can’t thank everyone enough, and yeah, it’s very touching. It’s like they inspired me to inspire them. (Not many people have that support system of all these people. It seems that the prayers of all the million people that subscribed to my channel worked, so of course, I can’t thank everyone enough, and yeah, it’s very touching. It’s like they inspired me to inspire them.)”
When the former "Pinoy Big Brother" housemate Wil Dasovich looked back on his battle against cancer in an interview he remember being really scared. "When I first got diagnosed with cancer, I think that is scarier, because it takes you weeks before they can determine which stage you're at," he told host of the show Karen Davila. "Is it stage 1, stage 2, stage 3, or stage 4? For me, I'd been living with the symptoms from the beginning of the year." He added "I was just hoping for stage 3 or lower... So I was diagnosed with stage 3 high risk. Meaning any moment, it could shut out to the organ because it's in my lymph nodes already.” He continued "But I was pumped, I was like, yeah, I have a chance."
Dasovich admitted that he was scared, but he believed that cancer is something that he can beat. He was inspired by his father, Steve, who also had stage 3 cancer and survived. "The whole point of what I do is to I guess inspire a positive type of perspective and lifestyle. More than anything, it helps me stay positive and focused with the task at hand," said Dasovich, who documented his cancer journey through his vlog.
The former "PBB housemate" said he went through 9 cycles of chemotherapy. He struggled with the side effects and almost faced death during the fourth cycle, when doctors found something in his lungs.
"That was the first time I've like pondered the idea of death as a reality," he said. "I didn't blame anyone. Parang manhid ako, I just went completely numb. You kind of lose your senses and emotions. Parang ayaw kong makipag-usap. I don't want talk to anyone... You just shut down. (I didn't blame anyone. It seems I am shocked, I just went completely numb. You kind of lose your senses and emotions. It seems I do not want to communicate. I don't want talk to anyone... You just shut down,)” he continued. "And it's just like, I never felt fear like that before. I have fear of public speaking, but I think death is my number one fear, it's safe to say," he added. "A lot of people don't think that death is that scary. But you know, once it's a reality, it's terrifying. It really crushed me."
After his ninth chemotherapy cycle, Dasovich had to wait for two weeks for the results. His life was determined by a phone call. "The feeling was just like all the weight was off my shoulders. It's like I don't have to worry about anything else anymore. Everything was just fine from that point on... I've never cried that hard," he said. Despite all that he went through, Dasovich said he is thankful for everything.
"In the end you are just so grateful for everything. When you're faced with the reality of death, you realize how valuable time is, and the relationships, and the people, those who you want to spend it with," he said.