Friday, May 13, 2016

33 Years of awesome life! THANK YOU!!!!

People say that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. I don’t think so. On the night of May 13, 1983, Friday, after my mother went through 12 hours of labor, I came out of her womb via caesarian section.

But I did not make my first cry like normal babies do. I wasn’t even breathing. My umbilical cord was coiled around my neck and caused me to suffocate.

Bad luck? Definitely not, because I was brought back to life and I am alive today! 
(From 18 years, May 2011)

I am like a cat with many lives, but because my name is spelled as KCAT, I have more than just 9. I had zero respiration when I came out of my mom’s womb When I was a baby, my body was poured with boiling hot water. I had numerous surgeries, be it minor or major. I lost consciousness a couple of times. I had very risky brain surgeries. In 2005, everyone (including my doctors & nurses) thought I won’t survive and might end up dead.

I’ve been through s lot but I survived. I AM ALIVE TODAY!

Not once did I ever feel afraid or worried  because I know that God is with me and I was right. God is with me. He is all over me. He controls me. I am His instrument.

10 years ago, during my anxiety attack, I told Him that 22 years of life ii already enough. I got to enjoy it and it’s alright with me if my life has to end already. But God has better plans for me. The best!



"...I have always looked forward to my birthday. Maybe because of the cakes, balloons, gifts, and parties, be they simple or grand. When I became too old for those kiddie stuff, surprisingly, I was still excited for birthdays because I always believe that adding another year is something to celebrate about, until I matured more and understood that life is indeed a wonderful blessing from the One above..."

Thank you for my 33 wonderful years here on earth, Lord!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

10th Gift-giving?

It is supposed to be our 10th MAY Birthday Project this year but because of my current condition, I decided that there won’t be a gift-giving this time. I will get better and focus on improving myself, my health so that I can continue with what I am doing and I CAN do more.

Let me share with you my mom’s note that she posted on Facebook about our fundraising. We need to come up with at least 700 thousand pesos in less than 2 months for my nxt open-brain surgery and you can help us by buying my book KCAT CAN: I have a pen that writes.


10th MAY BIRTHDAY PROJECT: For our gift-giver organizer KCAT
by Madge Yarza

What comes into our minds when the month of May comes?
Kcat's May Birthday Gift-giving Project.

It's been 10 years since we started Kcat's May Birthday Gift Giving Project at the Philippine General Hospital Pediatric Wards. And Philippine Orthopedic Center Pediatric and Pediatric Cancer Patient’s Ward.

Putting a smile on every patient's face even for a day was such touching experience that marked in our hearts.

It’s Kcat’s way of bringing back the glory to God. Sharing her blessings. The blessings whom she says her family, relatives, friends and new people whom we’ve met in this journey. Thru them we were able to reach out and touched these people’s lives.

Every year was really a Great SUCCESS! We owe it all to the people who heartily supported us. MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT PO FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS ♥’

2016 is our 10th Year, and this time, we are not holding the May Birthday Gift-giving  for the meantime as Kcat said.  Instead, we would like to take this time to raise funds for our gift-giver organizer herself, KCAT.  Break time to give way for her treatment, and once everything is well again, MAY BIRTHDAY GIFT GIVING PROJECT will continue as long as God permits. 

Kcat needs to undergo another open brain surgery, according to her neurosurgeon, as much as possible soon, or once Kcat has totally recovered physically. This is to prevent her right eye from bulging out that might cause complications due to exposure. An excision of intra lateral tumor along her orbital wall will be done.

In this regard, let me take this chance to humbly seek your support to make this procedure done by buying a copy of Kcat’s self-published book “KCAT CAN: I HAVE A PEN THAT WRITES“ Your help means a lot and in return you may be able to read and share Kcat’s inspirational stories and writings mostly published in her Manila Bulletin Column, Kcat Can.

You may send me these details at 0927-2459400 or PM me or Kcat:

Name
Mobile Number:
How many book/s?
Shipping address:

You may send the payment thru 
BDO
Account Name: MARIA KATHRINA L. YARZA
Savings Acct Number: 00 02 809 824 88

BPI Express
Savings Account # 1899 394 7 51
Name: Maria Kathrina L. Yarza

PayPal: kcatyarza@yahoo.com

Again, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUOUS PRAYERS AND SUPPORT. GOD BLESS US ALL.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Healing Prayer For All Needs

Hold on to your rosary and make the sign of the cross on your forehead.

PRAY:

Anoint my hand Lord to be your hand, use me as your instrument, grant me the power and authority to do your will that everything be for your greater glory, "Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins". Lord with Mama Mary, I beg for your mercy and love, I pray as I surrender to you my wish , "Thy will be done". I know that you are with me, you love me, I believe in faith that " nothing is impossible with God" and "You only have to say the word and I shall be healed"and my wish shall be granted. Come Holy Spirit, I need you to touch and heal me. (Close your eyes , focus and think of Jesus crucified at the Cross, place your hand on top of your chest and pray from your heart for your specific needs). I claim in faith, In the mighty name of Jesus, in the mighty name of Jesus, in the mighty name of Jesus through the powerful intercession of Mama Mary, thank you Jesus, I am healed and my wishes have been granted.

Amen.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Stitched



Breakdown of my stitches:

7 - HEAD
  1. Open-Close Brain Surgery 2005 – 1st major surgery.
  2. VP Shunt 2005 – My head was super painful, I often passed out from the pain, hydrocephalus was already transforming, my head was so stressed from the pain.
  3. Cochlear Implant 2008
  4. Tumor Removal (that’s making my right eye to bulge out) 2011
  5. Immediate Brain Surgery (6cm progressive tumor that’s causing a lot of pressure) 2016
  6. Minor Surgery: Tumor removal in my forehead (thought it was just sebaceous cyst, was not diagnosed with NF yet) 1998
  7. Very minor surgery to close a scar from a rollerblading accident 1996- I fell on the ground & my chin was cut-open.


1 – LEFT ARM: Tumor removal (thought it was just sebaceous cyst, was not diagnosed with NF yet) 1996


1 – LOWER BACK: Tumor removal (thought it was just sebaceous cyst, was not diagnosed with NF yet) 1996 –my left arm was being closed, while my back was being opened. I was was very much awake & I was 12 years old then. That was my first minor surgery.


1 – LEFT RING FINGER: Tumor removal (thought it was just sebaceous cyst, was not diagnosed with NF yet) 1998 – this was done together with my                 forehead minor surgery


3 – STOMACH
  1. Gastrostomy 2006
  2. Feeding tube insertion – Gastrostomy 2006 –Yes, there were 2.
  3. VP Shunt 2005 – there is a tube inside of me from my head going to my stomach to drain the fluids.


1 – RIGHT HAND: A schwannoma near my palm was getting bigger and painful so it has to be removed 2009- I was able to watched the whole procedure and       it was about 20 or 30 minutes.


1 – RIGHT BIG TOE FINGER: Schwannoma removal 2012 – The tumor was so small yet very painful that’s why I had it removed.

TOTAL= 15 Stitches (so far)


Friday, April 29, 2016

35 Staple Wires on my head

After 18 days, the staple wires on my head were removed.


Here is the video taken by my dad:





My AMAZING STORY because God is in control

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

“Lord God let me share to the world how great YOU are & make this surgery a success!”

That’s what I thought before dozing off in the operating room. And after a minute (feeling like a minute had just passed but the operation was actually 5 hours long), I was already up because I wanted to eat omelet.  Then I saw Dr. Geraldine Jose, my anesthesiologist, smiling at me while I was being reclined on the bed and surrounded by all my doctors. The surgery was already over? I had to give a thumbs up because I felt OKAY; Since I can’t speak yet, I kept raising it.. I’m OKAY. I’m OKAY. I’m OKAY!!!!!!! The surgery was a success! Thank you Lord!!!!!

I can see how happy Dr. Willy Lopez, my neurosurgeon, and the whole medical team were while they all look at me with big smiles..  I too was very happy, although I move in limitation, I felt wide awake. Right away, I was a completely conscious.  It was so amazing!!! I was not feeling any pain or discomfort and it seemed like nothing happened, like I just slept for a minute. Very very very AMAZING!

And then I saw the exit sign when I was about to be wheeled out of the operating room and it was very very clear! Then I was brought to the ICU and I saw my mom, dad and  tita angie. (I can’t be able to talk yet so I wrote on the whiteboard and kept raising my thumb up. AMAZING!!!!!! I was very much OKAY! Amazing!

January 2016, I already felt like something was about to change in my life, something is not right with me. Changge is about to happen and it’s not a good kind of change. I don’t know. I wasn’t sure. I prayed. I told God about it. Don’t make me feel hopeless. Don’t make me feel like giving up. God assured me that He will take full control of me.

I am letting God take full control of me now. I’m not doing anything, HE is doing everything. God has been doing great things to me. Amazing!

I was feeling like I was getting worse and worse; my vision, mobility, swallowing eic. I was getting weaker.  And now I AM FEELING BETTER AND BETTER EVERYDAY! Amazing!!!!!!

When God assured me that He taking over my life, I believe Him completely. I gave Him my 100% trust. I mean I’m relying on Him 101%!

Actually, this has also been a wake-up call for me. I keep on praying the serenity prayer everyday as I start my day..

God grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can’t and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.

I finally received the wisdom now. To know the difference between the things that I can accept and the things I can change in me.  I will get better. I will improve. God told me. I’m very much determined. I will improve. I decided to focus on myself this year and set aside the things I want to do. I will get better so that I can do more.  I will get better so that God can use me more!

Please don’t idolized me, I am not the one who is doing all these amazing things, believe me God is really taking over my life now. I am not in control, I am God’s instrument. I am letting Him use me.

Beside my BIG BIG BIG FAITH in God & in myself, I am also putting my faith is you! That you will help and support me as well. I can’t do this alone. You will help me, right?

In 2 months, (or less) when I have fully regained my strength back, I’ll be having another surgery to remove another tumor in my brain that’s causing pressure and we need to raise at least 700 thousand pesos for that.

How can you help:

1. My book KCAT CAN is very much available for 450 pesos plus shipping fee of 60 pesos for Metro Manila & 100 for provincial. Please message my mom, Madge Yarza on Facebook or send a textx message at 09272459400 with these details:
Name:
Mobile Number:
How many book/s?
Shipping address:

You can send the payment by depositing it either at BDO or BPI.

BDO
Account Name: MARIA KATHRINA L. YARZA
Savings Acct Number: 00 02 809 824 88

BPI Express
Savings Account # 1899 394 7 51
Name: Maria Kathrina L. Yarza

PAYPAL:
kcatyarza@yahoo.com

2. You can donate through:

- BDO
Account Name: MARIA KATHRINA L. YARZA
Savings Acct Number: 00 02 809 824 88

- BPI Express
Savings Account # 1899 394 7 51
Name: Maria Kathrina L. Yarza

- Western Union, Cebuana Lhuillier, LBC, Palawan, M Lhuillier, and other money transfer services.
- Here are the details:
    Recipient: Madeliene Lopez Yarza
    Mobile Number: 09272459400
    Address: 451-M M. Vasquez Street, Barangay Harapin Ang Bukas,                                      Mandaluyong City 1500 Philippines.

3. You can also go to my GO FUND ME page made by Tita Annie Campbell at : https://www.gofundme.com/vyxjfnd8

4. You can send your donation via PayPal at kcatyarza@yahoo.com

5. PRAY WITH ME

6. Please share my ongoing story to everyone you know.


THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!



God is really taking over my life right now. I am not doing anything, God is doing amazing things in my life right now. Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! I am alive and I am strong because I have a very strong God! An amazingly strong God is working miracles on me every second and I can really feel it!





I also posted this on Facebook.

Monday, March 7, 2016

A very wonderful & sumptuous Lunch at Melo's yet again



Talitha & I along with some friends  (Kariz, Janna, Janna’s BF) are all set to travel Japan in 2 weeks and spend the Holy Week there.

 Kobe, Japan, where Wagyu beef originated isn’t really part of our itinerary.  We were not too keen to taste the authenticity of Wagyu there  coz Talitha and I have been blessed to blessed coz we’ve been blessed to be able  to  divulge on the melt-in-the-mouth goodness of Wagyu teak a couple of times already and I’m not exaggerating when when I say it melts in the mouth; it really does. In fact I find it very Gerd-friendly. I have been having Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and I am often having a hard time swallowing my foo d. It’s lke the food is locked up and I can’t swallow it properly but not if thefood already melts before I can swallow it all, right?


Last March 2, Talitha, Bene and I headed to Melo’s at Westgate  in Alabang and had a very Wonderful Sumptuous Lunch of Wagyu and more because steak is not the only thing hat’s great there. We loved everything we ate. Everything was so yummy!Everything.

St French Onion Soup

Always start it with soup
Pan Seared Scallops with Mango Salsa Salad 

Starting it with with yummy-ness!

Grilled Norwegian Salmon with Lemon butter sauce


Lobster Tail Thermidor

Awesome & Yummy! 'Nuff said.

Wagyu Tenderloin Grade 12 with  Escargot  and Creamy cTruffle Sauce

Because what's a Melo's meal without Wagyu?




Happy Tummies

Sunday, January 31, 2016

January 2016


January 1


Welcomed the New Year aith GYA Peeps, of course. Always have been.

And so IPON2016 begins!
   
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