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…
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.
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.
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…
Six years ago, I posted about a book that my son purchased from a second-hand book stall in our local market. I didn’t write a book review but posted about the interesting note written by the previous owner of the book (Dork Diaries), a girl named Trisha.
The message reads:
To the lucky kid who got this,
This book is special to me. It was a gift from my aunt and late uncle, so I cherished this book. But when I look at the children who look for food in the streets, I wanted to help. So I donate this book that I treasured for 3 years or four, so take care of it and enjoy reading!
*I memorized this book with all my heart, so keep this book safe for me!
The young girl’s message truly warms the heart. And her love for books was remarkable. My son who purchased the book is a young adult now. Maybe he would be happy to share or donate the book to the public library so other kids would enjoy reading them.