I first heard about “Courageous Caitie,” from my daughter who lives abroad. It was a social media page that went viral about Caitie Lucas, a 3-year old who was suffering from a sickness that doctors couldn’t identify.
He took a deep breath and they slipped the IV needle into his arm. His face paled and his breathing stepped up, as it always did, when the chemo drugs began to penetrate his system.
Jaime Gabrera remembers the first time he ever told someone about his condition. At a food court in a mall in Taguig City, Carla, one of his friends, asked him, “How are you?” Jaime replied, “Ate, I’m not feeling well.” Carla teased him, “Oh, lagi ka namang may sakit eh. Ano ba talaga’ng sakit mo?” She was not ready to hear Jaime’s reply, ”Ate, I’m HIV positive.” Carla’s face turned pale, all her ...[Read More]
My husband Rene complained of chest pains for months. On May 3, 2016, we attended church. Rene was having pain, so from church we went to the hospital. The doctors admitted him, and we stayed in the hospital for two and a half days. They found nothing to worry about, so we went home and Rene went back to his usual routine. In the third week of May, we went to Bukidnon for a family reunion. Rene fe ...[Read More]
by Joshua Kho When Anna passed away, I truly felt powerless to do anything. There was really nothing our family could do but surrender her into God’s arms. I prayed “Lord, there’s really nothing I can do any more, but I know you love my sister, so please take care of her and tell her we love her so much.” It Was The First Time Our Family Had Encountered A Serious Illness At the time Anna got sick, ...[Read More]
Mildreth Kho, a Filipina, presently lives with her husband in the United States. She had three children, one boy, Joshua and two girls, Anna and Monina. She has one grandson. Mildreth told me the story of her family’s battle with cancer almost three years ago, and how faith in God gave her comfort and hope. My daughter Anna was really very young when she was diagnosed with AML, a type of leukemia. ...[Read More]
Ed Madrid had big dreams for his family. He and his wife Buen had four children. Ed was a government employee, and Buen worked in a bank. They were able to buy a house and lot in a subdivision; they owned other property, businesses and cars. Their children went to private schools. Life was great! But, all Ed’s dreams were crushed when, in November 2001, Buen was diagnosed with breast cancer, stage ...[Read More]
I lost my brother to COPD and its complications when he was 43. Evidently still in grief, I cannot help but think. Had he taken more decisive action on what he knew – from what he ate to maintaining himself, body and soul, could we still be together today? I think so. He was smart and could have maintained a reasonable quality of life.