After revealing that Shin Dong Wook has a rare and incurable disease called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (CRPS), the actor wrote a letter to his fans to comment on the issue.
The letter, titled ‘Thank you and Sorry’, read: ‘As I was reading heartfelt and encouraging messages from you guys, I gained strength, but I feel very sorry as well. I promised as I enlisted that I would come back healthy… To listen to your encouraging words while suffering from a disease, I feel as though I couldn’t keep my promise, and I’m very sorry from the bottom of my heart.’
Shin Dong Wook continued: ‘I am thinking and accepting of it as another incident and task in my life as I am fighting through it. I’m diligently getting treatment and receiving a lot of love, and I feel like I can come out in front of everyone tomorrow with a smile on my face. No, it will be like that. I will promise you that once again.’
‘I feel as though I have become a burden for those hardworking soldiers by receiving attention for getting sick while serving my duty as a citizen like everyone else.’
He concluded: ‘To be recognized and encouraged for being a little sick just because I am an actor, I don’t know how to handle myself. I am becoming better with treatment and rehabilitation. No, It will get better. I will work harder, so I can get back to acting as if nothing happened in return for all the love and support.’
Article by: Karolina & Mariam