Survivor

Another YEAR Worth the PRAISES that SHINES through tears

Two years ago exactly today, I was praying for my life...now, I want to pause to thank You po, LORD for continuing to grace me with this life and for all the things that You are doing in my life, hopes and dreams , big and small. You are always providing, and making ways for me in capacities unexpected.

It’s amazing what prayer can do. It comforts you, makes you feel whole inside, gives you hope and strength to face many tomorrows.

I hide myself in HIS magnificence and HIS wisdom; but when I ponder HIS goodness, my heart can say nothing - I can only adore!

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FEATURED Related post: American cancer Society: Making Strides against breast cancer 2018, Las Vegas

PICTURE ME with better days ahead...

The adage a picture is worth a thousand words pretty much sums up and captured who I am and at what point am I now in my life’s journey...

  • My left eye is healing well a month after my corrective 4th-time eye surgery...

  • Loving you still makes my heart skip a beat—so I am hooked-up again with a heart event monitor...(3more weeks to go...)

  • I wear a heart solitaire instead of a wedding band...

  • I rarely wear lipstick...

  • I can’t widely smile because of my still lingering dental paresthesia...(on liquid and soft-food diet going a year now...)

  • I love all animals…more so cats, hence my hair-clip and necklace...

  • I gained precious pounds…(now at 99lbs…)

  • I am wearing a Canadian brand tank-top given by a Canadian Earth Angel...but I haven’t been to Canada yet...)

  • I am wearing comfy, casual clothes because I am not working; but hoping to be able to go back to the workforce again...(put the bad memories behind, learn and pick up the good despite my fork in life and live my new normal...)

  • The letters “RH” on the building behind me represents as R for my first name initial and H is for my Hope that endures. 

  • I wear prayer charm bracelets as an outward sign of my faith and devotion to GOD and St. Peregrine...(Patron Saint of cancer patients)

I am looking towards the heavens as I ponder in the LORD’s goodness, more blessings to come and His continued merciful grace and miracles in my life.

American cancer Society: MAKING STRIDES against breast cancer 2018, Las Vegas

Thank you to all the Kindred Spirit folks and Beautiful Strangers at the American cancer Society: MAKING STRIDES against breast cancer Las Vegas event at the Red Rock Hotel, Casino, Resort and Spa - October 28, 2018

GOD willing…see you all again next year and the year after that and the year after, after that and so on…

FAITHFULLY YOURS: Scarred but THANKFUL!

This day, last year…

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I always try to live by the saying that “everyday may not be good, but there’s always something to be thankful for...”— this rings so much truer now during my breast cancer journey.

It all started during my routine mammogram.  The tech during that one August morning said she needed to take more pictures.  I already got a bit worried then but just brushed it off.

A few days after, I got a call back to come in for a diagnostic mammogram this time around plus ultrasound.  I was then told by the breast care nurse that 2 abnormalities were found (Bi-RAD 4/suspicious) and that I needed to have a biopsy done the next week.  

I had a core-needle biopsy done and not to scare off those of you who might need to have one, I find this type of biopsy so barbaric!  I was in so much pain!  But then again each one of us have a different threshold to pain...so what may be painful to me might just be a pinch to you. 

BUT...the biopsy pain I endured then was no comparison to the pain I felt in my ear, my entire body, my soul...upon getting the results call that I have breast cancer.

My heart sank...

Though I’ve already faced breast cancer though my mother whom by GOD’s grace is a 12 years survivor now and still going...I’ve always been the caregiver and not the one who will need caring for...

My first ever surgery was then scheduled 2 weeks after. I was so scared, my faith falters...

Dear GOD, equip me with your strength as I face my biggest challenges.

 Surgery day came...all I can do is offer my life to GOD...

 ...and as if in a blink of an eye it was all over!  

Feeling woozy from the general anesthesia didn’t hinder the clarity of seeing the relieved faces of my loved ones. I felt calmness...

When I said, “My foot is slipping,”your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. ~ Psalm 94:18:19

My post-op recovery is going amazingly well! I’m already up and about early on and especially after the drainage bulbs were removed.  My family and I just came back from a thanksgiving trip to San Juan Capistrano Mission, California where the Shine of St. Peregrine (Patron Saint of cancer patients and survivors) is located inside the Serra Chapel.

Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment. ~ Matthew 9:22

Thanksgiving is upon us and I thank GOD for my healing!  It took GOD, St. Peregrine, faith, family and friends to see me through.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Love and light to all!

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I attended mass today scarred but thankful for HIM holding my hands then, now and through my life’s journey ‘til I am finally home with HIM…

Faithfully Yours: THANK GOD, I have 9Lives!

THANK GOD for being a cat lover!  I have 9Lives! 😺...being Anemic, a heart and cancer patient, had 4 eye surgeries and the latest being jabbed and severely bruised by the Pacquiao like dentist...I am now today feeling better again. 🤗

"She may be quiet, but she's a warrior and her prayers can move mountains"...