July 14, 2010
Thanks be to God!
Thank you for the gift of life,
Thank you for the gift of presence,
Thank you for the gift of family,
Thank you for the gift of friendship,
Thank you for the gift of healing,
May I see You in every person that I will meet,
May I see You in every event of my life.
And may I show You Lord to others.
Yesterday, I received this beautiful message and prayer from Lovell, a close friend, who has been and is continuously egging me on to appreciate life no matter how difficult it is sometimes, and I was teary-eyed reading it. It summarizes all the pains and the joys of my journey, a year of blessings and challenges! Yes, it is my first anniversary – at this same time last year, I was at the lowest ebb of my life, undergoing a surgical resection of my colon because of a malignant cyst which turned out to be a Stage 3 colon cancer. I was in denial for a while but finally accepted that God must have a greater purpose in my life to give me such a heavy burden. Imagine distancing yourself from a situation that you can’t control, and when you are caught with your defenses down, you look back and think of those times when life is simple and happiness means being healthy, having lots of loving friends at your side and a loving family to turn to and take care of you.
The last year has been an eye-opener for me. I discovered that I am strong despite everything, I discovered that the presence of family and loving friends help a lot in one’s healing. And putting your complete trust and faith in a loving God is the greatest thing you can do to help yourself get well. Chemotherapy is no joke, it saps your body of strength and the costly procedures add to your financial worries. I know, I know, they would always say, concentrate on getting well, sometimes though you can’t help but think, you are luckier than most people afflicted of the same illness because at least you have an option to see a specialist and do what is necessary for your healing.
Thank you! Thank God for giving me the strength to carry on, to endure the pain and not to whine, to count the blessings of having my family around, thank God for friends who never fail to give encouragement, thank you for the people whom I’ve touched in one way or another by sharing my plight with them.
Thank you! Thank God for my doctors, Dr. Samuel Ang, my surgical oncologist, the best doctor I’ve met, Dr. Priscilla Caguioa, my medical oncologist for being there during my chemotherapy sessions, Dr. Alvin dela Cruz, my cardiologist, a very supportive and caring doctor, Dr. Ditas Decena, my OB gynecologist who is also a friend, Dr. Jeff Jubilado, my urologist for being so encouraging, the nurses at Benavidez Cancer Institute- UST.
Thank you! Thank God for the gift of family – for having a loving and understanding hubby, for having thoughtful kids and brothers. I salute you all!
And for all those people who left some comments in my blogs, that they somehow found strength and inspiration by reading my journey towards healing, thank you.