Maritoni Fernandez has been breast cancer-free for nearly 20 years but she still goes for regular checkups.
On Instagram, the actress revealed she recently underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam to get an update on the status of her remission — and it was good news, thankfully.
Medical websites explain MRI as a medical imaging technique used in radiology to form pictures of the anatomy and the physiological processes of the body. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of the organs in the body.
Based on the photos she uploaded, Maritoni can be seen lying on the machine and slays with a “rock on!” pose.
“First time ever inside an MRI machine to get my boobies checked. Gotta be thorough and it’s upcoming my 20 year mark soon…praise God! All clear thank you Lord!” she wrote. “Gotta say, it’s not easy lying flat on my tummy for 20 mins straight without being allowed to move an inch while those loud propeller sounds are going on. It’s truly a test of a different kind!
“Thank goodness for ear muffs, a crazy fun imagination like mine and the fact that I’m not claustrophobic. Thank you to the techs… for explaining the process in such amazing detail and to my angel today, Doc Mike, for being there to reassure me of my results right away. I am wonderfully blessed. Thank you Jesus,” she added. Here’s to the next 20! Thank you for keeping me company as always my angel love @leximalvarez1
Maritoni also gave a shout out to her daughter Lexi, who accompanied her to the hospital.
“Thank you for keeping me company as always my angel love @leximalvarez1”
It was in April 2001 when Maritoni was diagnosed with stage 2A breast cancer.
Now, she imparts her survival story to women around the Philippines through ICanServe Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit organization that advocates early breast cancer detection through breast self-examination.
In past interviews, Maritoni encourages everyone to, “Number one, always self-check. Number two: Don’t be scared of this disease because it is treatable.”