Gary Valenciano reveals his battle with depression

Gary Valenciano reveals his battle with depression

- It can be remembered that Gary Valenciano just had two surgeries this year

- Mr. Pure Energy narrated how post-surgical depression almost consumed him

-He thought of slowing down a bit on his craft and even stopping if he will no longer feel the happiness and enjoyment in performing on stage

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At the age of 53, Gary Valenciano had two major surgeries. He had an open heart surgery in May, and in June, he had kidney removal which eliminated a part of his kidney due to kidney cancer.

For a diabetic like him, it was astonishing and indeed a miracle that his recovery was fast but the struggle didn't end there.

KAMI learned that Gary suffered from post-surgical depression while recovering which made him thought that he could never perform like he used to before.

Mr. Pure Energy confessed about it during his interview. He knows that everyone would really go through such a tough time and no one is really excused from it.

"Kasi nagkaroon pa ako ng post-surgical depression.
"Talagang nangyayari raw iyan sa mga patients. E, ang problema ko, hindi lang isa, dalawang surgery. Habang gumagaling ako rito, natamaan ako sa kidney ko so it became two surgeries.
"So talagang pumasok sa isip ko na yung tipong, 'Kapagod to. Magwo-workout na naman ako, 'tapos gagawin ko na naman ang lahat para umabot dun sa dati," Gary said.

Thankfully, he was able to surpass it. Since he is now back on track, he thought of slowing down even before he had surgeries.

"Yes, I've thought about it na. Kasi bago ko pa maramdaman yung sakit sa dibdib ko, meron na rin akong mga thoughts na siguro, kailangan ko nang mag-slow down.
"Pero, slow down lang, kumbaga, kung may concert ako para sa press, sa media, siyempre, gagalaw ako. Pero kung mga concert like Araneta, Pure Energy, that, I can slow down." Gary honestly answered.

His 'Mr. Pure Energy' way of thinking has really helped him a lot to recover, he even said that he still has plans. He even has plans in helping out other talents.

Gary knows that he has not yet fully recovered physically, though he is confident that he is vocally okay. He is still working things out like going to the gym to be back in shape.

"It’s refreshed, but hindi pa siya umaabot sa one hundred percent [gaya ng] dati. "Mga nasa 85 to 90 percent." Gary shared.

He admitted that he is the best critic of himself and that he really sets high expectations and standards to himself.

"Kasi, masyadong mataas ang standard ko para sa sarili ko. Ako ang pinaka-critic sa sarili ko. Vocally, I’m okay kasi three months din after na nangyari to, tagal bago ko kumanta ulit. At least now I can say, vocally, I’m okay, I’m back. Physically, nasa gym ako ulit, and, I think, mas malakas pa nga ako sa gym ngayon," he said.

Gary shared why his wife, Angelie considered what happened to him as "miracle".

When they found out about Gary's heart condition, according to him, he was told that a single jump on stage during a performance could've caused a vein to pop. Good thing that it didn't happen on national TV.

According to Gary, the doctor's didn't know about his heart condition when they were going inside his kidney. One of the doctors even told him that a dose of anesthesia could've also caused his artery to pop.

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Edgardo Jose "Gary" Santiago Valenciano or Gary Valenciano was known to be a multi-awarded singer-songwriter, actor, music producer, and a TV host.

He won the Awit Awards (Song Awards) for "Best Male Performer" twelve times.

In 1998, he became UNICEF Philippines' first National Ambassador.

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