Julian Roseus was diagnosed 2 years ago with renal cell carcinoma, a rare type of cancer of the kidney that affects only three percent of the population. He was given a short time to live yet he was on “overtime,” a term coined by his friends as he is now part of the elite five percent who outlived the life expectancy of five years with this kind of cancer. “For me, it’s a miracle that he is still alive. It’s also a miracle how we are surviving,” his wife said.Friends describe him as funny, always laughing and has an infectious smile. “No one would think he has cancer,” his doctor, Efren Capistrano, also a grade school and high-school classmate said. “He has the uncanny ability to crack jokes about his condition.” He even joked about his death: “A wake is fun because it’s like a reunion. But the departed cannot attend. So I said, we should celebrate now so I can participate,” he said in Filipino.
“His condition, however, is serious. His right kidney removed, Roseus is currently taking a drug which has so far reduced the size of tumors that have metastasized in his lungs. But the medication produces a side effect which requires him to undergo minor surgery on a delicate part of his body once or twice a week.”
Despite this, he maintains a normal and productive life He works as a consultant for overseas Filipino workers, goes out with friends, does household chores and even goes on a weekend excursions to Cavite.
He drew his strength by his faith.
“Sometimes, help is short and transient. So faith is the only way to go. Once we are properly disposed [toward faith], it becomes a source of grace.”
He believes God gave him the disease as a gift to find lasting happiness which is in heaven. “Recognizing my mortality made it easier for me to accept my fate,” he said.
Currently, he is undergoing treatment and so far, his body is cooperating with it. He looks forward to his 50th wedding even though they just celebrated their silver wedding last January.