Kim Woo Bin was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer in May of this year, which sent his family, friends, and fans reeling in shock.
Since his diagnosis, he has undergone numerous treatments and received tons of love and support from all over the world.
Now, just over 7 months later, Kim Woo Bin has provided his worried fans with an update in the form of a long, hand-written letter.
Fans will be especially happy to hear that their loving, supportive messages did not fall on deaf ears as Woo Bin read all of them to stay strong.
Thanks to your support and prayers, I was able to successfully complete 3 chemotherapy treatments and 35 chemotherapy treatments. In between these treatments, I read all the support messages on my fan cafe and social media and gained strength.
— Kim Woo Bin
It would seem that he is recovering well and is now being periodically monitored for changes in his condition while he rests and gets better.
Despite his relatively speedy recovery so far, however, it may yet be some time before fans are able to see Woo Bin again.
I can feel my body becoming healthier little by little. But I think it will still take some time before I can greet you all once again.
— Kim Woo Bin
Nevertheless, his fans are overjoyed to hear this positive update.
hearing kim woo bin is in recovery literally makes me so happy there are NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW HAPPY
— sea (@sea_screams) December 29, 2017
The full translation of Kim Woo Bin’s letter follows:
I contemplated for a long time about how I should start this letter.
I wanted to write a letter earlier, but I was so busy getting treatments and focusing on recovering that 7 months just flew by. Honestly speaking, my heart also raced from fear whenever I saw my name ranking high on the search engines. I think that’s why it took longer to write this letter. But I wanted to write something before this year passed.
I think I should start off by explaining what’s on everyone’s mind: my current status. This past May, I was diagnosed nasopharyngeal cancer, something I’ve never even heard of before in my life. Thanks to the director, my senior and junior co-stars, and the staff of my pre-confirmed movie, I was able to rearrange my schedule and begin treatment.
Thanks to your support and prayers, I was able to successfully complete 3 chemotherapy treatments and 35 radiotherapy treatments. In between these treatments, I read all the support messages on my fan cafe and social media and gained strength. I sincerely thank you.
I’m currently recovering well with periodic follow-up scans. I go out for strolls once in a while and I eat regularly, so I can feel my body becoming healthier little by little. But I think it will still take some time before I can greet you all once again. I used to always write in my fan cafe page that health was most important and to always take care of yourself, but now that I’ve shown you my weak self, I feel embarrassed. I’ll learn from this experience and only show you a healthier and brighter side to myself.
I pray that a miraculous blessing will happen to all who are suffering now and those who have suffered this year. I hope that 2018 will be filled with happiness and health.
I’ll return one day to greet everyone, healthily, as if nothing had happened. I thank you and thank you again. I love you. My WooriBins.
— Kim Woo Bin