I wanted to create a new thread, but I will just update this instead. As you've all heard, Kim Woo Bin oppa was diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal cancer, a rare type of head and neck cancer, in May of last year, forcing him to cancel his schedule and undergo treatment. News of his well-being has been trickling ever since, but it wasn't until late last year that we received an official letter handwritten by oppa himself:
"Hello, this is Kim Woo Bin.
I wondered how to start my first sentence for a long time after holding up the pen. Although I'm greeting you guys through a letter, my heart is pounding as if I'm standing in front of you guys. First of all... were you guys really surprised?
I wanted to let everyone know sooner, but I've been so occupied with receiving treatment and taking care of my body that a total of 7 months have passed. Honestly, I also got afraid each time my name appeared on the real-time search ranking so it took me longer, but I wanted to deliver [my message] before this year passed.
First, I think I need to talk about my current condition which is what you are curious about the most. Back in May, I was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer, an illness I've never heard of. With understandings from film directors, sunbae and hoobae actors, and staff members, I adjusted all schedules immediately and started treatment.
Thanks to all of your support and prayers, I have successfully completed 3 chemotherapy sessions in addition to undergoing radiation therapy a total of 35 times. I was able to withstand it all while reading everybody's encouraging messages on the fan cafe. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Currently, I am gradually recovering after safely receiving treatment and going for follow-up testing. I've also been taking strolls from time to time and eating meals on a regular basis, and I feel that I'm gradually getting better. However, I think it will take some more time for me to greet you all. Every time I left a message on the fan cafe, I always said to take good care of yourselves as health is first and foremost, but I'm embarrassed that I'm here showing a weak side of me. Through this opportunity, I will take extra care of my health and work hard to only deliver good news.
I pray only the good will happen in the new year for everyone and their families who are going through a difficult time right now. I hope 2018 is only filled with happiness, and I hope all is healthy.
One day, I'll come back healthily as if nothing happened. I always appreciate you guys. Thank you. I love you."
A couple weeks later Viki's own Soompi reported that he had been exempted from military service. Even if he's getting a bit better, it doesn't mean that the danger has passed. Still, I don't think there is anything to worry. The military tasks individuals with arduous physical activities that even healthy men can sometimes have trouble performing them, let alone someone who is still ill.
This is it for now. Just so you know, I'm bringing this topic back to life, so make sure to post your wishes, updates and prayers for our oppa right here.