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Basti Artadi reveals brain tumor, asks for help

Pinoy rock artist Basti Artadi bravely comes out to reveal his true medical condition.

In a Facebook post Tuesday June 21, the Wolfgang’s front man said he has brain tumor which is greatly affecting his music. He said he has no plans of coming out publicly with his condition but it’s getting worse thus the need to address it immediately as advised by his doctor.

“In 2009, I was diagnosed with a tumor in my head, this tumor is on the nerves that control the right side of my face which is what is causing the paralysis” he wrote.

In the post, Artadi also debunks speculations on the caused of his condition.

“As my condition gets worse it appears that it is becoming inevitable (speculation is I got Bells Palsy or a stroke, one person even suggested it was because of drugs, I have never and do not take drugs, and the funniest was that I got kulam, haha tangina) and I guess its time I address it,” he said.

https://www.facebook.com/sebastian.artadi.980/posts/1711107275806699

Artadi also mentioned a procedure called “facial sling” that he intends to undergo to help him with the situation. And for that he created shirts to sell so he can have additional funds for that medical procedure.

So for those who want to help, the shirts can be ordered at https://www.facebook.com/Jeepneyrockstop/. You can also text 09156212189 to order. Shirts can be delivered nationwide and abroad and also via meet-ups every Saturday 12nn at SM Megamall, 5pm at Tapa King, Boni Circle (in front of Mandaluyong City Hall) and 1pm at Robinson’s Pinoeer. The shirt is priced at 550 pesos which comes with a Basti Artadi CD.

Here’s the complete post of Basti Artadi regarding his medical condition.

Hi all, I didnt want to make this public because I didnt want it to be a distraction from the music while I was performing but as my condition gets worse it appears that it is becoming inevitable (speculation is I got Bells Palsy or a stroke, one person even suggested it was because of drugs, I have never and do not take drugs, and the funniest was that I got kulam, haha tangina) and I guess its time I address it. In 2009, I was diagnosed with a tumor in my head, this tumor is on the nerves that control the right side of my face which is what is causing the paralysis. Shit happens! As a result I had to relearn to sing with a paralyzed mouth and the fatigue that comes with it. Unfortunately it doesn’t end there. Because one side of my facial muscles are working more than the other the inevitable result is that my mouth is slowly being pulled to one side and the doctors have said that I will eventually not be able to talk much less sing. This is why I have decided to do as much as possible in the coming years, singing wise, while I still can. There is a procedure called a facial sling which could temporarily help my situation which I intend to get. I made a shirt recently which I’m selling to help me fund this. Its just a picture of my face which I thought would be a good symbol for me getting back the lost symmetry, so no its not because I’m full of myself. I thank God everyday because Im lucky that this thing still left me with the ability to sing, what would have really sucked is if it took 100% of motion from the get go. So we move on and we do the best we can with what we have. Thanks and I’ll see you around town!

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