Merry Christmas to all!
Happy 30th anniversary of the MDH Cancer Crusaders Club!
Imagine we have reached 30 years of existence as a cancer support group. This is a great feat! We are probably the longest surviving cancer support group in the Philippines!
We must congratulate Dr. Elsie Dancel, Ms. Beth Tumambing, the Secretariat , You the Cancer Crusaders, and of course, the Manila Doctors Hospital which has been supportive of the MDH Cancer Crusaders Club for the past 30 years.
I am happy to see all of you again this year, enjoying the program, enjoying life, and most important of all, staying alive and kicking despite the odds, despite the presence of the cancer challenge.
Congratulations again to all of you, Cancer Crusaders.
There is a sharing that I will give this year.
I consider the illness that I got is your trial for me.
I wholeheartedly accept this because I trust in your plan for me.
Nevertheless, I still pray please help me in overcoming this illness and trial with a cure as much as possible and without much suffering.
Help me to have faith that you will never leave my side.
Whatever be the outcome of my illness and trial, I will thank you and say, “thy will be done.” Amen.
This was a prayer which I formulated in 2014. This was a prayer that tried to answer the question they kept on asking me why they got the illness (answer in the prayer: trial from the Heavenly Father as no physician can give answers on absolute and exact causes). The prayer also tried to promote acceptance of the illness and outcomes of whatever treatment (as no physician like me can guarantee cure – there is a saying, “cure sometimes, relief often, and comfort always”). Most important of all, the prayer provides COMFORT through trust and faith in the Heavenly Father and full acceptance of His plan.
Aside from the prayer, I like to repeat what I told you last year.
First, trust in God. Trust in your God. Entrust to Him your life. Surrender your life to Him. Hope for the best but let Him decide what is best for you. Accept His decision and you will be happy and contented.
Second, enjoy life as best as you can. Do good deeds and do not hurt other people. We don’t know when the end of life will come. We don’t know whether the cancer will recur or not. There is always a possibility. We don’t know God’s plan for us. Enjoy the material things in life prudently but most important of all, have a clear conscience and obtain happiness by doing good deeds to other people and do not hurt other people in whatever way.
That’s all. Again, congratulations and Merry Christmas!