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World AIDS Day (Crossroad of the (HIV/AIDS) epidemic)

In observance of World AIDS Day on December 1, I’m reposting Kuya Tino‘s interview with News5 discussing about the present HIV/AIDS situation in the Philippines. Although the interview was conducted in 2014, what the resource person shared about HIV/AIDS remain relevant up to this day. Please listen to the short clip. Thanks.

Video credit:  News5

What Is HIV?

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks cells that help the body fight infection, making a person more vulnerable to other infections and diseases. It is spread by contact with certain bodily fluids of a person with HIV, most commonly during unprotected sex (sex without a condom or HIV medicine to prevent or treat HIV), or through sharing injection drug equipment.

If left untreated, HIV can lead to the disease AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

What Is AIDS?

AIDS is the late stage of HIV infection that occurs when the body’s immune system is badly damaged because of the virus.

In the absence of HIV/AIDS vaccine, people must learn the simple steps or the ABCs of AIDS Prevention:

A – Abstain B – Be faithful C – Condom use

World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. Wikipedia

Source: https://www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics/overview/about-hiv-and-aids/what-are-hiv-and-aids

Her story is worth sharing

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It was sad and unfortunate that a relative of mine succumbed to cancer complications nearly four years ago. I thought of sharing a brief story about her ailment and journey…

My cousin, Cecil. She was full of life.

Our extended family will end the New Year with a heavy heart. My cousin died of cancer four days before Christmas day (December 21, 2015). She was 46. We were devastated with her demise but somewhat prepared for the eventuality that she will be gone any day since her doctor informed her parents of her terminal condition last month (November). She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. She underwent mastectomy to remove the early stage of cancer from her breast. But two years later, her doctor declared that she has stage IV cancer. The cancer cells from her breast were not really abated but have spread to her brain.

Despite the pains and rigors of cancer treatment, my cousin Cecil remains positive all through her battle with cancer. Even up to her last remaining days, we know that she is holding on to her life. She loves her family so much that despite being sick she still think of their welfare. I remember her saying, “Kailangan maging malakas ang loob ko para sa pamilya.”

My cousin was laid to rest at Himlayang Pilipino on December 27.

Full story here: http://www.penname30.com/she-will-be-surely-missed/

Related story here: http://www.penname30.com/tales-of-two-women-with-cancer/

Some life lessons I learned from my child

I wrote this eight years ago and just want to share it again for posterity’s sake.

I was picking up crumpled papers in the living room when I found this interesting pieces beneath the sofa. I browsed through the innocent-looking papers to make sure they are not important documents. They were torn pages from my son’s diary who was 10 at the time.

It reads:

Dear Diary,

Today is the first day of our second monthly exam. I studied hard to make my parents proud. I believe that I won’t get a “too low” or “too high” grade but I’ll do my best to pay all the sacrifices and to give thanks for all of their hardwork. If  I wouldn’t pass, I will promise to my parents that I will do study and study so hard next time. I won’t give up all their hard work and sacrifices.

I felt a bit guilty after reading it because sometimes I scold my son for not being able to study his lessons. I thought he’s not listening whenever I talk endlessly about the importance of studying. He’s listening after all and he even made a promise to do his best and never gives up whenever he fails. I’m so proud of my boy. Don’t worry Mommy will be a little more lenient next time. ^_^

I’m just wondering why he tear that portion off his diary…