After being diagnosed with a herniated disc in her spine last year, actress Ria Atayde shared an update on her health condition since undergoing surgery last April.
“I’m two months and 13 days post-op and I have an appointment again in five days. So far, so good. Nothing’s wrong with it naman although there is still heaviness but I’m okay and I’m off painkillers officially so there’s that. So we’re doing good,” she shared while hosting the Star Magic Black Pen Media Con last June 21.
The Kapamilya actress, who is currently working on the upcoming series Viral, admitted getting the procedure done has helped ease a lot of the physical discomfort she suffered last year. “Actually it really made me feel like I’m brand new again. Although there is still some pain after surgery on my lower back, I’m able to work better already. Actually I really had it done para I could act properly. Ang hirap kasi isipin na may body pain ka tapos a-acting ka pa, ang hirap nun I promise,” she said.
While hosting the online event, Ria also shared her experience being part of a family of actors just like new Star Magic artists Arabella Davao, Jake Ejercito, Kaila Estrada, and Migo Manikan.
“I don’t think mawawala yung pressure. I’ve been in the industry for six years now and nandun pa rin yun. I think it’s just a matter of changing your mindset and really believing that everybody has different capabilities. My brother and my mom have completely different processes from me as an artist and I think it helps a lot that they’re very supportive in what I do and they never made me feel that what I’m doing is inferior to what they’re doing. They just make me feel that they’re there supporting even if what they’re doing is different,” she said.
In order to be known for her own merit, Ria said she never thinks of being in competition with her brother Arjo or mom Sylvia Sanchez.
“On a personal level it’s really about conditioning yourself not to be competitive because once the competitiveness hits you in this industry, then things can kind of like spiral from there. Because I realized that in this industry we have to be working together and not competing with one another. Everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses and it’s up to us to really maximize our strengths. So no pressure anymore thankfully,” she said.