Meet the Multi-Talented Artist Who Survived Cancer, Heo Ji Woong!
Born on December 14, 1979, he’s well known as artist that can do a lot of things. Heo Ji Woong works as a film critic, writer, actor, broadcaster, and columnist. He has appeared on several popular dramas, such as ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’ and ‘Kill Me, Heal Me’, as a supporting cast. Ji Woong has also appeared in a lot of variety shows, including ‘Knowing Brothers’.
But behind all those things, he was also diagnosed with cancer. Because of this, Heo Ji Woong went on hiatus for nearly a year to undertake treatment for his illness. Do you want to know more about his battle with cancer? Don’t worry, we have all the answers for you. .
So, without any further ado, let’s get into our topic today!
Diagnosed With Malignant Lymphoma
On December 12, 2018, Heo Ji Woong revealed his recent medical diagnosis to the public on his personal Instagram account. He wrote:
“I have received a diagnosis of malignant lymphoma. They say it is a form of hematologic malignancy. I have been noticing some swelling and lethargy for a long time, but had no idea that it was a sign of such a serious disease. While I waited for confirmation these past few weeks, I have been thinking a lot. I’m glad at least that I could finish all the work that I had signed up for. Yesterday, I finished my last filming and feel comfortable in my mind.”
He then continued, “I started chemotherapy last week. In my essay collection, ‘For a Life Endured,’ I wrote that we should endure together. I like that phrase a lot. I believe that life can only be lived by enduring whatever comes at us. I think we should all hold in our hearts a phrase that is dear to us and endure until the very end. I will win against this. Thank you.”
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악성림프종 진단을 받았습니다. 혈액암의 종류라고 합니다. 붓기와 무기력증이 생긴지 좀 되었는데 미처 큰병의 징조라고는 생각하지 못했습니다. 확진까지 이르는 요 몇주 동안 생각이 많았습니다. 그나마 다행인건 미리 약속된 일정들을 모두 책임지고 마무리할 수 있었다는 점입니다. 어제 마지막 촬영까지 마쳤습니다. 마음이 편해요. 지난 주부터 항암치료를 시작했습니다. <버티는 삶에 관하여>에서 말씀드렸듯이 저는 “함께 버티어 나가자”라는 말을 참 좋아합니다. 삶이란 버티어 내는 것 외에는 도무지 다른 방도가 없기 때문입니다. 그렇다면 우리 모두 마음 속에 끝까지 지키고 싶은 문장 하나씩을 담고, 함께 버티어 끝까지 살아냅시다. 이길게요. 고맙습니다.
The same day, Heo Ji Woong’s agency, Esteem Entertainment, also released an official statement about the artist’s condition. They said:
“While in the middle of a busy schedule, Heo Ji Woong noticed some strange symptoms in his body and went to the hospital. There, he was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and has begun chemotherapy treatment. He has completed all the work he had previously contracted to do and now will be focusing on his treatment. Please pray for his fast recovery so that he can greet everyone once more with a healthy image.
In order to make a full recovery, Heo Ji Woong will be halting all his activities and focusing only on his treatment. We ask for your support and thank you.”
Gives the Latest Update About His Condition And a Successful Chemotherapy Treatment
On May 15, 2019, Heo Ji Woong gave an update about his condition on his Instagram account. He posted a picture of himself at the gym, along with a long massage about his health status. Here is the post below:
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항암 일정이 끝났습니다. 이후 진행한 검사에서도 더 이상 암이 없다고 합니다. 머리털도 눈썹도 다시 자라고 있습니다. 할머니를 위해 네잎클로버를 하나씩 모아 앨범을 만들었다가 이제는 형에게 필요할 것 같다며 보내준 분의 마음을 기억하고 있습니다. 가장 힘들 때 제 글로 다시 일어설 힘을 얻었었다며 이제 자신이 도움을 주고 싶다던 분의 이야기를 기억하고 있습니다. 저는 이런 격려와 응원을 받아도 될만큼 좋은 인생을 살지 않았던 것 같습니다. 노력은 했었는데, 닿지 못했습니다. 병실에 누워있는 내내 그것이 가장 창피했습니다. 당장은 운동을 합니다. 운동을 해도 괜찮다는 것이 기뻐서 매일 운동만 합니다. 빨리 근력을 되찾고 그 힘으로 버티고 서서, 격려와 응원이 부끄럽지 않을만큼 좋은 어른이 되겠습니다. 고맙습니다.
Here are the full translation of his caption:
“My chemotherapy is complete. In the tests afterwards, there weren’t any abnormalities. My hair and eyebrows are growing back again. I remember the [kind] heart of the person who originally collected four-leaf clovers in an album for his grandmother and ended up sending it to me, saying he thought I would need it. I remember the person who said they were able to get back up and gain strength through my writing during their most difficult time and that they wanted to help me now. I don’t think I’ve lived a good enough life to deserve these kinds of encouragement and support. I did try, but I wasn’t able to do so. The whole time I was laying in my hospital room, that was the thing that embarrassed me the most.
As of now, I’m exercising. I’m happy that it’s okay for me to exercise, so all I do is work out every day. I want to quickly rebuild my strength and be able to get back up with that strength. I will become a good adult that deserves the encouragement and support. Thank you.”
Another Update on His Health on Instagram After the Chemotherapy
Heo Ji Woong gave another update about his health condition.
Two months later, on June 19, 2019, he posted a short clip of himself working out. Here is the short clip for you guys:
The translation says: “I thought everything would be done once chemotherapy is over. I’ve been in and out of the emergency room two or three times because of heavy stress. I will clean up my mind and start all over again. I’ll be back in good health soon. Let’s be healthy!”