Costantino Vitagliano I have a rare autoimmune disease that endangers

Costantino Vitagliano: “I have a rare autoimmune disease that endangers the aorta. We don’t know what will happen next”

“Nobody stopped me before. Today I have no strength left, I see it every day. I'm already awake at 5 a.m., then around 2:30 p.m. the downturn and dizziness begins. A switch went off. I never thought this could happen to me at 49 years old. The truth is that we don't know what will happen next. On Sunday afternoon, Costantino Vitagliano spoke openly for the first time about the illness that forced him to spend a month in hospital in December. It is a “rare autoimmune disease” that “endangers the aorta every day.” And to this day there is no treatment protocol, only “treatment trials” and “the truth is that we don’t know what will happen next.” The very famous former Tronista, now model and entrepreneur, father of an 8-year-old girl, spoke about the day that changed his life. «I broke a tendon in my finger while playing with my daughter Ayla on the sofa and my finger had been in a splint for 6 weeks. I went to my doctor for an examination, I had pain in my breastbone, which I still have today. I had an ultrasound. I had and still have a spot on my umbilical artery: everyone became concerned and urgently took me to the hospital. They made it clear to me that this was a dangerous situation.

This begins the painful process of investigation. And Costantino is admitted for tumor surgery. The former Tronista once again remembers the illness that led to the loss of his beloved mother Rosina in 2018. “I completely panicked, I was in the tumor surgery department: I got scared, the doctors didn't know.” I started thinking: “I'm dying and they don't want to tell me.” I have 12 in 10 days Kilos lost. I did tests for 29 days, in the end we concluded that I don't have cancer. “I'm autoimmune, today I have to stay completely calm,” Toffanin told Silvia before clarifying. “They implanted a stent in me, I have this mass that threatens my aorta every day.” I have had to take pills since 8 a.m., I have started treatment for an absolutely rare disease. So far these are attempts at healing. I take horse cortisone, the only anti-inflammatory that doesn't cause me pain. We’ll keep trying.”

There were many emotional moments in the studio. “It is a situation that has changed me profoundly. I try to be as I was, I try not to be seen in a certain way by my 8-year-old daughter, but I don't always succeed,” he confided to Verissimo viewers. His life changed overnight. “In the morning I was in the gym and training, in the evening they told me I couldn't leave the hospital because I was risking my life.” Costantino also spoke of the emotional difficulty of living with this diagnosis, of the fear of moments of excitement and fear, which could make the situation worse as the pressure needs to be kept under control through weekly testing. Today his thoughts are entirely with his daughter. Like all separated fathers (the little girl was born from the relationship with Elisa Mariani) he says: “I have my fixed days and I enjoy them in the times that I have.” She is very sweet and then she is as if she me, a woman. He has my eyes. I am very lucky to have had her.” Costantino is orphaned by both parents. Today, he is surrounded by historical friends who come from the neighborhood where he grew up, but few colleagues from the world of entertainment. Among them Lele Mora. “After all, I've always been a loner.” “It's love?” Silvia Toffanin asked him. This is not the time for a story. “I really don't have any interest in a relationship at the moment. In a relationship where you have to give and receive, I wouldn't be able to give at this time. The former Tronista reveals that she hasn't been in a relationship for several years: “It's been a while since I've had a stable relationship. After my mother died, I distanced myself from everything and wanted to enjoy my daughter.