Popular TV presenter Mao Kobayashi, 34, currently waging a highly-publicized battle against breast cancer, has been discharged from hospital, she said on her blog.
Kobayashi, wife of Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo, 39, returned home on Sunday and informed her fans on her blog: “Kokoro” (heart). The title of the blog entry read “Discharged!” In the opening passage, Kobayashi thanked her fans and readers for their continuous support, especially those also battling cancer, by writing, “Thank you very much for taking photos and videos of your progress for me, experiencing the same enzyme bath as I did, sending me information, encouragement, prayers and sympathy...I am filled with gratitude.”
She then wrote, “I came home from the hospital today!” On Saturday, Kobayashi wrote an entry titled “Nutrition,” and merely revealed that her discharge date had been decided but didn't say it was Sunday.
She said: “During my hospitalization, I felt like I hit rock bottom and became gravely discouraged. However, through writing this blog, I became inspired by confidence.”
She said her biggest support was her family. After returning home, Kobayashi’s 5-year-old daughter Reika and 3-year-old son Kangen presented their mother with a “hospital discharge gift.” This heartwarming scene was captured in a photo and is attached to her blog announcement.
The news that Kobayashi had cancer took her fans by surprise last year. Rumors had been swirling about her health since Ebizo wrote on his blog on May 2 last year that she was ill and because she has not been seen in public for about a year. So Ebizo held a news conference, and confirmed that his wife was receiving medical treatment for a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer that was first diagnosed 20 months early after several tests.
During her hospitalization, Kobayashi wrote regularly on her blog about having undergone chemotherapy and that she has good days and bad days.
She wrote of the emotional pain she was suffering because she could not be with her children who do not understand what cancer is and why she was in hospital.
Kobayashi has been in and out of hospital since last summer. This latest stay was one of her longest, from Dec 20 until Sunday.© Japan Today