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No stopping Gorayeb in PLDT return

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 07:00 PM March 01, 2020

Roger Gorayeb

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—There’s no stopping Roger Gorayeb from doing the things he love.

Gorayeb is still recovering from multiple myeloma and has been advised to keep a more relaxed lifestyle compared to the one he had before the illness.

Yet, Gorayeb defied orders to rest.

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The 22-time NCAA champion coach was at the sidelines of PLDT Home’s season opener against Sta. Lucia Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.

“I shouldn’t be stressed, that’s the one thing I should avoid and PLDT actually wanted me to just be a consultant,” said Gorayeb in Filipino after the Fibr Hitters’ 26-24, 25-23, 29-27 loss to the Realtors.

“But I really can’t stand that kind of role. It’s like I’m here but I really can’t do anything.”

Gorayeb started his battle with multiple myeloma in October 2019 and has been in chemotherapy since.

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The first time the public got information about his recovery was in January when Gretchen Ho, his former player in Ateneo, shared a video of the volleyball coach walking on his own power and joining his former wards in a party.

Gorayeb, though, admitted that he’s still far from the once vigorous person that he was and that even opening the bottle cap of a soda is still impossible for him.

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Nothing, however, can keep Gorayeb from getting back to his old self.

“The doctors told me that I should avoid stress, but I’m already driving since December,” said Gorayeb. “All my life I’ve been an active person but now they want me to just sit around, I don’t think I can do that.”

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