Kasunod ng kaniyang malaking rebelasyon tungkol sa kaniya ina, na ang beteranang actress na si Caridad Sanchez ay mayroong dementia, inilarawan naman ni Cathy Babao ang sitwasyon nila ngayon bilang “a long goodbye”.
Ayon kay Cathy, si Caridad na ipinagdiwang ang kaniyang ika-87 kaarawan noong Agosto, ay una ng na-diagnose sa nasabing sakit noong 2015.
Sa isang panayam sa ABS-CBN News noong Biyernes, sinabi ni Cathy,
“She remains physically strong. There are good and bad days pero paulit-ulit siya.”
Mapangibabang kalungkutan, yan ang tinawag ni Cathy sa kasalukuyang emosyon na kaniyang nararamdaman.
“It’s a long goodbye. Overtime, you slowly lose the person. You just prepare for it.”
Sinabi din ni Cathy na ang pinaka-importante sa lahat ay nalampasan nilang pamilya ang problema na kanilang kinaharap.
“Why keep it a secret? Hindi naman nakakahiya if we can help others with their journey. I know there are other families going through it but who don’t speak about it. Kaya nga dapat may early detection, awareness and acceptance, so we can arm ourselves with the right information and access to right medicines and care. I believe my mom will be happy too knowing she was somehow able to help.”
Samantala, nagulat at hindi makapaniwala si Cathy sa mga komento at reaksyon na kaniyang natanggap mula sa mga netizens dahil sa kaniyang rebelasyon.
“Both heartbreaking and heartwarming.”
Dagdag pa niya,
“It took me a long time to write about it considering the stature of my mom but now that it’s been public, it has been liberating!”
Una nang ibinahagi ito ni Cathy sa kaniyang Instagram account para ipahayag ang kaniyang nararamdaman.
“Shortly after her diagnosis, I picked up the book, ‘Still Alice’ by Lisa Genova in an attempt to better understand what was to come. Tears streamed down my cheeks as I read the last few paragraphs.
“You’re so beautiful,’ said Alice. ‘I’m afraid of looking at you and not knowing who you are.’
“I think that even if you don’t know who I am someday, you’ll still know that I love you.
“What if I see you, and I don’t know that you’re my daughter, and I don’t know that you love me?
“Then, I’ll tell you that I do, and you’ll believe me.
“And this, is why I write.”
“Today I was thinking how when my dad suddenly died at age 49 from a heart attack, I didn’t get to have the chance to say goodbye.
“Shortly after her diagnosis, I picked up the book, ‘Still Alice’ by Lisa Genova in an attempt to better understand what was to come. Tears streamed down my cheeks as I read the last few paragraphs.”
Dagdag pa niya,
“To say all the things I wanted to tell him, to tell him what a great dad he was, and how grateful I was for everything that he had taught me and done for me. I’ve done that countless times through the years through my writing, in my head, and in prayer.
“So now, perhaps, the Father is giving me this chance for a long goodbye with my mom. To say all the things I need to say, to care for her, and to love her. That thought somehow comforted me. Because throughout this long goodbye, though the time may come that she will no longer remember me, I hope she will continue to feel the care and the love. After all, the heart always knows, and never forgets.”
Sa ngayon, patuloy pa din na idinodokumento ni Cathy ang journey ng kaniyang ina sa paglaban nito sa sakit. Dahil ang Oktubre ay idineklara bilang National Mental Health Month, patuloy ang kaniyang trabaho sa kanilang bahay sa pagbibigay ng mga counceling ang grief coaching sa mga tao na nakakaranas din ng katulad ng sakit ng kaniyang ina. Mayroon din siyang YouTube show tuwing Biyernes na mayroong pamagat na “Conversations with Cathy.”