MANILA, Philippines – The popular Filipino-American content creator and former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Wil Dasovich has cancer.
Wil himself broke the news to his thousands of YouTube subscribers in a video posted on Wednesday, August 23.
In the video, 25-year-old Wil spoke about his career and how he got to where he is today – from graduating college in the US to traveling around Southeast Asia, to eventually settling down in the Philippines, where he took on various entertainment projects and started his daily vlog channel.
He said that he decided to stay in the Philippines because of the positivity and warmth of the people, something that he hoped to spread through his vlogs.
"Before I had a following, my purpose was to experience as much as possible. But since then, it has evolved to not only experiencing as much as possible, but also to sharing these experiences with as many people as I could," said Wil.
"But there is a bigger picture and my ultimate goal is to influence you, the viewer, in a positive way, whether that's through inspiration, health tips, motivational advice, or whatever it is that helps you find the strength to live your life without compromise.
"Ask yourself, are you satisfied with the way you've lived your life and have you maximized your experiences? My answer to that is yes, and that's why I'm content with my condition and the hardships I face. The other day, I was diagnosed with cancer."
He added that he will continue to vlog despite the diagnosis and thanked his fans for their support: "I'm overwhelmingly grateful for everyone helping me get to this point in my life and making it everything it was, making it everything it is."
As for any dreams he has yet to achieve, Wil said he wants to have one million subscribers on YouTube, asking his viewers to comment, like and subscribe to his channel. As of posting, Wil has 592,000 subscribers.
He ended: "All things aside, if there's one thing I want you to take away from this video it's to experience as much as possible in the amount of time that you have. I think the aggregate of my over 400 videos can be summarized by just that. As you all age, you'll eventually come to the realization that you'll be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the things that you did do."
In a video released on August 5, Wil opened up about his health, saying that he had moved back to the US after living in the Philippines and traveling for more than 3 years.
He said that he was in the US to receive further medical treatment for a parasite that has been "eating away" at his large intestine and colon area.
"Since around February, March, I've been passing blood every single day. And the first few months it didn't hurt or anything, so I went to a doctor and the doctor was just like, 'Oh, it should go away over time.' He wasn't concerned whatsoever," recounted Wil. He said that after a month, the blood didn't go away and he began to experience pain. He later added that the first doctor prescribed probiotics.
He got a second opinion and did a few tests, which showed that he was anemic and low in iron.
In the video, Wil continued: "Case in point, the first thing they found was half a parasite in me, which I just got from eating contaminated food or water. So I just drank bad water or something and there was a parasite, which has been eating away [at], they assume, the large intestine, colon area."
He was eventually prescribed antibiotics by another doctor.
"To be both frank and dramatic, I just continued to have internal bleeding all the time," said Wil.
The situation pushed him to move back to San Francisco, where he has been undergoing more tests to figure out how to get better.
The video above also shows a few clips of Wil with his parents at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.
Wil rose to fame for his daily vlogs on YouTube before he went on be a part of Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky Season 7. – Rappler.com