June Keithley Castro and her battle with cancer

Posted at 04/02/2012 5:41 PM

(Editor's note: June Keithley's husband, Angelo Castro Jr., anchor of ANC's "The World Tonight," gave an exclusive interview with Tina Monzon-Palma just weeks before her husband died on April 5, Maundy Thursday. Here's a summary of the interview.)

MANILA - Her voice saw the nation through People Power in 1986.

Her books chronicled the experience of Marian devotees and visionaries.

Her own story is an inspiration to many.

June Keithley Castro is a fighter. But nowadays, the fight is not against a dictator, and the crusade is not for people who have lost their faith.

It is against cancer.

“In 2009 I was diagnosed with cancer of the breast…I started to rot. The stench was terrible. I would tell the Lord, please, is this how it’s going to be?” Keithly said.

Recently, she faced another battle.

“They found out that I had a three cm in here, on the right and I have a couple of others on the left,” she said, pointing to the side of her head.

“But let me tell you how wonderful God is. At that point He had taken away all the fear. At that point He had given me great peace. And I knew that He was in control.”

For the first time, Keithly also spoke about her husband, ANC’s Angelo Castro Jr., who is also battling cancer.

“No, he’s not well… My husband has always been a very handsome, macho, control freak… So I had to tell his doctors, ‘You know it’s very difficult for him now because it’s out of his hands, di ba? He can’t control it,’” she said.

“I went to him and I said, ‘Okay, you can’t do this to the kids, ha.’ I told him, ‘You better fight.’”

Keithly said the situation is hard for her children, but she said she is ready for anything.

“I’ve given them instructions, who’s going to be cremated…And my kids, I just want to make sure they’re going to be okay. You’ll never be able to take that away from a mother,” she said.

As she continues to undergo treatment for her cancer, she said the love and care of her family, friends and doctors see her through each day.

And her faith and eagerness to serve the Lord have grown even stronger.

“God is good, hindi ba? He’s known us before we were born. Everything is planned. Nothing happens by accident,” she said. -- On the Scene, ANC, April 2, 2012