Tuesday, September 6, 2016

I dunno what title to put, it's just so amazing!

Last Friday, while I was waiting to be prayed over by Fr. Joey Faller after the healing mass, something suddenly pop out of my mind that made me say, “Thank you, thank you so very much, Lord.” I kept on thanking God until it was already my turn & Fr. Joey placed his hand over my head.

Back in late 2005, when I was confined in the hospital for 2 month and my health deteriorated. Most of you knows that I became so weak then. Very very weak. It was really hard to move on my own. Even when I want to roll on the bed and change my sleeping position, someone has to do it for me.

I would often close my eyes and imagine myself getting better and I suddenly what I kept telling God back then. “Please heal me. Please. Please. Please. If You do, I promise to pay You back by sharing your words through my own words."

***TEARS OF JOY***

 I was discharged from the hospital but even if I am already home, I still kept pleading to God especially when I had an anxiety attack in Holy Week 2006.

And then last Friday, I just realized that God has been answering me since the day after Holy Week 2006.  

I keep on stopping while writing this because it’s just so amazing! I feel like crying and thanks again, Lord for not letting me cry coz I might hyperventilate. I even don’t feel like there’s a lump on my throat. Thank you, thank you Lord.

And wait, there’s more!

During a conversation with someone, I got to remember this…


 AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING! I don’t know what else to say. It is really so amazing!!!

And now, God made my words to Him when I was lying in the hospital bed in 2005 become a reality. ANG GALING GALING TALAGA!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

NF Amici (NF Friends)


Sunday is family day & I spent the 1st Sunday of August with some of my NFF family.


I’ve been meaning to invite these friends for a meal and thank God, I was able to make it happen. I often chat and talk with them; some I even talk to almost 24/7. They even accompany me and won’t leave me behind online whenever I’m all by myself at home (binabantayan daw ako) and I’m super touched. While they would often tell me me how I’ve helped and inspired them, they helped and inspire me as well. They often make me smile and laugh too.



Last Sunday I met up with my NF friends for a pizza & pasta lunch date at Amici in Megamall. Good food + Great Friends = Awesome!

  

   

 

After showing off my head (sira ulo hahaha) and how my left fingers and my left foot moves, I discovered a new improvement with my left foot. Those improvements may only seem trivial, but it really means a lot. Showing-off my the “my tricks” is my way of telling people that I really can’t but I CAN, so whatever you are going through, never give up. As long as you try, YOU CAN do it too. I’ll make a separate post about this…soon.


Amici means friends in Italian. We are NF Amici!


Sunday, July 24, 2016

It's bcoz... WHY NOT?!

Why am I so strong? Why am I so brave? Why am I still a happy & cheerful person despite the not so good things that's happening in my life? Why am I so confident about myself? Why am I able to laugh at myself? Why am I full of positivity? Why do I find it easy to move on with my life?

Why? Why? Why?

Ever since whenever (even before I was diagnosed with NF2 in 2004), I often encounter these questions and people would complement how brave and strong I am and that I have a very a positive outlook towards life.

While smiling, I would alwaya answer: “Ganon talaga.” Or “Why not?” Haha.

Now I realize that my Faith has been working since then. Faith in myself, Faith in others and of course, Faith in GOD.

And now I totally get it, this is the reason why I have a very big and very strong FAITH today. Wow. Wow. Wow. Thank you Lord!


• I am strong because God is the strongest.

• I am brave because God is at my back, in front of me, my left-side and right-side, above me and below me. He is all over me, protecting me.

• I always feel so good because God is so great. He is the greatest!

• I am able to face these challenges because I am not doing it alone. I am surrounded with awesome people and of course, an awesome God.

• I am always ready because God already prepared me before I was born.

• I am a fighter because God is with me in all of my battles.

• I am a cheerful person because God is always making me happy!

• Amazing things are happening in my life because an amazing God is doing it.

Indeed. EVERYTHING HAS A REASON.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cranial Surgery: Success! It was double the awesomeness!

“Lord, please continue doing amazing things in my life. I don’t think I need to tell YOU to make my surgery a success because it will be successful like always, thanks to You!”



I’ve been telling those words to God everyday until I was waiting in the surgery suite, waiting to be transferred in the operating room.

Looks can be deceiving. It's not as painful as it looks

June 17, 2016, 7 am. After a couple of minutes waiting in the surgery suite, I was brought to operating room number 10. This is it! When I already felt like I was about to doze off from being sedated, the last thing in my mind was, “Lord, Ikaw na po ang bahala ha.” (Lord, it’s all up to You)


Before entering the Surgery Suite
And then I woke up. I was in the surgery suite again. The operation was done and I already knew that it was a success. It felt like I had a really good, deep and long sleep. I was asleep for almost 10 hours, that’s why. The surgery took that long huh? It was not only a tumor excision, reconstructive surgery and tarsorrhaphy were also done. Titanium mesh was placed and my right eye lids were partially and temporarily stitched together in order to protect it.


While I was looking at the exit sign in the waiting room (surgery suite) before the operation, I told myself, “Later, after this operation, I will have a clearer vision and that signage will not be too bright and cloudy anymore.” And I was right, the exit sign was clearer!

When they wheeled me out from the surgery suite, I thought I’ll be brought to the ICU and I was so surprised when they wheeled me back to my room instead. I was feeling very fine. It really felt like I just slept in the operating room. No ICU stay? Wow! This is the first.

Nothing was painful. My head was not feeling heavy. I didn’t feel any discomfort. I was as talkative as always. After a few hours or minutes, I asked my mom to give me my mobile phone so that I can see how I look like and then I clicked the camera and took a selfie before sleeping.

Hours after the operation. I was very much okay. I took that selfie by myself. :)

It was a sleeping galore. I didn’t felt like I got weaker, I kept on sleeping so that I won’t think of eating coz it’s NPO (Nil Per Os - nothing by mouth) for me. Haha. My red blood cells were low so I had blood transfusion while I was doing my sleeping escapade.

The following day, I was already on a liquid diet (YES!!!!), soft diet the next day and 3 days after the surgery, I was already back on a regular diet!

With my neurosurgeon, Dr. Willy Lopez

My taste buds, chewing & swallowing didn’t change. I already had a lot of major surgeries and it usually happens but not this time. I had numerous mouth ulcers and even sore throat after a major surgery and I’m so used to it but it didn’t occur this time. I didn’t get a bit weaker. Nothing changed.

Selfie!!!!

The only thing that needs to recover are the scars on my head. So I told myself that when the staple wires on my head are removed, it means I have fully recovered. But I never expected it to happen this fast. 1 week and 4 days after my operation, we went to my neurosurgeon’s clinic for a check-up. We thought that he’ll only remove the stitches on my eyelids, but he removed all the staple wires on my head as well. Wow. It’s already healed. Speedy recovery it is!

Dressing of the wound at home. I was discharged from the hospital 5 days after the operation
My surgery last April 11, 2016 was so amazing and I never thought that greater things are going to happen. Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Because God is in control, amazing things keeps happening in my life and it gets more and more amazing!

Please don’t idolized me, I am not the one who is doing all these amazing things in my life. Believe me God is really taking over my life. I am not in control, I am God’s instrument. I am letting Him use me. This is all His doing, I don’t want to take all the credit for it.

I am strong because God is the strongest.

I am brave because God is at my back, in front of me, my left-side and right-side, above and below. He is all over me, protecting me.

I always feel so good because God is so great. He is the greatest!

I am able to face these challenges because I am not doing it alone. I am surrounded with awesome people and of course, an awesome God.

I am always ready because God already prepared me before I was born.

I am a fighter because God is with me in all of my battles.

I am a cheerful person because God is always making me happy!

Amazing things are happening in my life because an amazing God is doing it.

"How do you combat all the challenges in your life?This is a question that I often encounter. I always say that my biggest weapon is my faith in God and faith in myself.I have realized though that my faith in people is also important, especially those who are part of my life……”(Excerpt from Being Ready (April 11, 2011)

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for paying with me. Thank you for all your love and support. Thank you for helping me. Thank you for letting God use you and become His instrument to help me. Thank you for being one of my blessings. Thank you mother, father, sister & brother. Thank you Dr. Willy Lopez and the medical team. THANK YOU!!!

“God also knows that we need people to help us and to guide us. He sends mortals from different walks of life to help us in many ways and means. He is so able to show His power and might in doing His part.”

From now on, I will go back to focusing on improving my health and I am claiming that a big improvement will happen to me before the year ends.

When I become better, God can make use of me more!

Fight! Fight! Fight!
Neurofibromatosis is a continuing battle not knowing when another tumor will show up and cause me harm but I am not backing out. I will keep on fighting! God is bigger and stronger than NF!


Friday, May 27, 2016

I am ready for my next cranial surgery but...

I have already recovered from the open-brain surgery as soon as it finished last April 11, 2016. I regained my full-consciousness at once after the medical team have successfully removed my 6 centimeter brain tumor and closed my head. I woke up at once. I was already 100% conscious. I can still remember every detail of everything that transpired from the time I opened my eyes. I felt like nothing happened. No discomfort and pain. From then on I started to recover, not little by little but I had sudden improvements. Amazing things were happening. For example, just the day before, I can’t get up from the bed on my own, and then the next day I CAN! And that didn’t happen just once bur many times. God surprised me many many times and it’s really amazing!


 

 Here’s the list of my improvements. I’m not sure if everything is on this list, but one thing’s for sure: I had an amazing recovery!

1. My vision is brighter. It’s too bright though but I believe that my vision will still improve.

2. My vision is clearer. It’s not blurry anymore and I can do without eyeglasses.

3. I can see in the dark, I can see what’s happening inside a dark car at night, everything that’s going on in the dark parking lot & I can already see silhouette people or things in a dark room; it’s not all pitch black for me anymore.

4. My eyes don't hurt anymore when it's too bright. I can look in the sun without hurting my eyes. Of course it’s ‘nakakasilaw’ but my eyes don’t sting anymore.

5. I can eat on my own already. No one needs to feed me. I can properly shoot the spoon in my mouth again.

6. My left foot isn't swelling anymore (after 10 years).

7. My right eye is not too bulge out anymore. It went inside a little bit and is already parallel to the left.

8. My right eye can see. It’s still blurry because of the scar on my cornea but it it can see what my left eye can see.

9. My knees and legs are not weak anymore. I can stand by myself again.

10. I can sit on the bed. I can sit without backrest.

11. ’Kaya ko na uli ang sarili ko’

12. I can get up from lying down. I can do it without any help.

13. I am able to transfer from the bed too the chair & vice versa using my own strength

14. II don't easily get tired.

15. I can use the pedal & exercise again

16. My brain cells are already working because I can be able to write properly and my writing-style is already the same as before.

17. My arms and legs are not that skinny anymore.

18. I can easily find what I'm looking for as long as it's located somewhere that I can see. Unlike before, I I find it hard to see what's already in front of me.

19. I would always slouch when sitting and when I was weak, I needed someone's help to fix me and make me sit up straight, but not anymore! I can sit back straight again on my own and I can do it easily, without feeling like I am falling.

20. Before, the computer monitor in front of me needs to be open when I'm using the mirror for added light. Now, the light on the ceiling is already enough. I can use the mirror and use it properly even without an added light.

21. I don’t nearly fall off the chair anymore when reaching for things that’s near me.

22. I don't ‘hikbi' and hyperventilate at once when crying.

23. I’m less ‘madungis’ when eating. I can already control my food intake

24. My regular chewing & swallowing are back!

25. Minimized GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) ‘Nuff said.

26. No pain still. Period.

I believe that I have already finished my FULL RECOVERY because I can’t think of anything more to recover from. I feel so great! Everyday. Since day one.

I am ready to have the next cranial surgery for the removal of tumor in my optic wall. I am ready, but the Php700,000 isn’t ready yet. We are not yet done raising the funds. God will provide. HE always does. Maybe you are one of God’s instruments in helping us.

You are one of my countless blessings, right? Here are ways on how you can help.

1. Buy my book


Price: Php450.00 plus shipping fee (P60 Metro Manila, P100 Provincial)

You may place you order to me via Facebook or my mom, Madge Yarza – you can send her a PM on Facebook or contact her at  09272459400 and send us these details:
Name:
Contact Number:
Quantity of book/s:
Shipping Address:
You may send your payment via BDO, BPI, Money Transfer, or Paypal. Meet-ups can only be done in Kalentong & Hypermarket in Shaw Blvd. since it’s near our place.



2. Care & Share by donating

• 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

• Money Transfer (Western Union, LBC, Cebuana-Lhuillier, MLhullier, Palawan, etc.)
Name of Recipient: Madeliene Lopez YarzaAddress: 451-M M. Vasquez Street, Barangay Harapin Ang Bukas, Mandaluyong City 1550 PhilippineContact #:  09272459400

• PayPal
 kcatyarza@yahoo.com


3. PRAY WITH ME

In this way, you are bringing us closer to God. Both of us. You & Me.

4. Share my story to everyone you know

Forwarding this may reach people who wants to help as well. Internet and social media is very powerful these days.


“Through social media, missing persons are found; sick persons are given chances to live a healthy life. I say, that is the modern bayanihan movement.”



I often tell God: “Lord, please continue to do amazing things in my life so that I can keep on bragging how great YOU are.”

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.

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