“Pray, Hope & Don’t Worry” – St. Padre Pio
Indeed, he was right. No apprehension at all. Going back home was the best decision for my cancer treatment.
My wife researched already the available cancer center in CALABARZON/Region IV before we flew back to the Philippines. Our prayers led us to a premier cancer institute in Sto. Tomas, Batangas – the St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center along Maharlika highway.
The hospital was named after St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first United States citizen to be canonized as a saint. Her deep trust in the loving care of her God gave her the strength to be a valiant woman doing the work of Christ. In 35 years, the saint founded 67 institutions dedicated to caring for the poor, the abandoned, the uneducated and the sick.
A close relative from the side of my mother-in-law recommended us to the hospital. She worked in the nuclear department of the hospital. She was a big help and a blessing.
I was bed-ridden during my first medical check-up at Cabrini. I looked so frail. I have to be carried by three people to the car.
Cancer patients with various cases welcomed me with open arms when I arrived in the institute.
I was referred to Dr. Joseph Parra, an oncologist consultant. He handled various cancer cases but I was the only pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (PNet) patient that time. He looked worried. He even referred us to De La Salle Medical Center in Dasmarinas, Cavite because of proximity to our house.
But, my wife and I decided to stay at Cabrini.
Immediately, I was admitted at the hospital for further investigation.
I was literally lifted from the wheelchair to the hospital bed.
My leg was in pain. I couldn’t move it.
The nursing team was shocked when they saw me. A bulky patient like incredible hulk.
It was the Lenten season when I stayed at the hospital. Gloomy but hopeful. The view from my window was Mt. Makiling.
Every time I stared at it; I smiled.
The verdant landscape of the mountain was a reminder of God’s presence.
I was diagnosed with severe infection caused by the cancer cells that metastasized to the liver and colon based on my first CT scan at Cabrini. I was also suspected of MersCov virus but the swab test was negative.
The medical team stabilized my condition before my chemotherapy. I was given several antibiotics and also had a blood transfusion for my hemoglobin.
Finally, I was discharged from the hospital to avoid further sepsis or infection.
I was grateful for the Cabrini medical team (doctors, nurses, assistants, etc.) for taking care of me.
The nursing care was commendable.
After a few weeks, I was scheduled for my first chemotherapy.
“I will go anywhere and do anything in order
to communicate the love of Jesus to those
who do not know Him or have forgotten Him.”
– St. Frances Xavier Cabrini