Liezl Martinez finally confirms breast cancer rumor

Posted at 12/23/2009 3:16 PM | Updated as of 12/24/2009 6:33 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Actress Liezl Martinez has finally confirmed reports that she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer 2 years ago.

The Martinezes have been mum on her condition ever since speculations about her illness surfaced.

Her exclusive interview with “SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon” was the first time that she talked about the cancer and its impact on her family.

Liezl is the wife of bankable actor Albert Martinez and they have 3 children - Alyanna, Alfonso and Alyssa.

According to Liezl, she is "in good physical condition."

She undergoes medical examinations every 3 months here in the country and every 6 months in Singapore. Liezl is set to go back to Singapore in March of next year.

In her SNN interview, an emotional Liezl said she is always asking God to grant her more time so that she can still take care of Albert and their children.

“I know they are big already, but I know they still need me. ‘Yon ang iniisip ko na, 'Lord, did you make me have kids early so that when I go their big na?' Up to now, mahirap pa ding tanggapin and every time I go to a doctor I always pray na huwag muna," Liezl said.

Liezl also revealed that she is worried about Albert, whose mother has been reportedly diagnosed with throat cancer.

"I've never seen him cry about it or talk about it, so, I’m really worried more for him than for me. Kaya iniisip ko baka isang araw, habang nag-iiyakan kayo sa soap ay bumigay 'yan," Liezl said.

Liezl also shared that she jokingly told her husband that he cannot marry again. "I told him, 'Hoy, you can't get married na. Mumultuhin kita.”

As for their children, meantime, Liezl said she already told them to look after each other.

"It's not being negative, when you are thinking about death. I just want to be ready. And Albert, even if he's not there physically all the time, he is there. And I don't want to burden him,” she added.