Thursday, January 15, 2015

Welcome to the Philippines, Pope Francis!

The real Francis, I'm a regular human being, but they are making me a celebrity, a star. That’s not me. I know that the preparations are in full swing for my visit. I do not want to be the focus of the pastoral visit -- Jesus should be the focus” — Pope Francis

Last year, when I learned about Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the country, I told God that I wanted to see him, but of course everyone wants to see him too and there’s no way for me to easily see him coz a lot of people will be there and it’ll be hard. I told God that it’s okay if I won’t be able to see him in person, knowing that we’ll be on the same country, on the same land, is already enough. I’ll just follow the updates on TV and via internet.

I decided that I won’t tell anyone about my wanting to see Pope Francis. Basta wag na. I never told anyone that really wanted too, excerpt for God.

January 11, I suddenly woke up because my phone vibrated at 7:34 am. I don’t usually wake up from my vibrating cellphone but I did. I didn’t open my eyes to check the message though. I just took a peak at the time – past 7 am, I’m still sleepy. I can’t removed the tape on my eyes means I need to wake up and clean my very dry eyes & I need to wake up someone to help me pee, so I’ll just continue with my dream. Maybe it’s just one of the infotext from Globe or Sun…..but it’s not!

When I woke up at 11 am, I froze from happiness…


Then I realized, this is the reason why God woke me up that early. Dra. Becky from our PWD Parish Ministry asked me if I wanted to be one of the delegates at Pope Francis’ encounter with the Youth and the PWD at UST on January 18 and I like it very much!!!!!

Why do I want to meet Pope Francis?  Does that even need an answer? Of course everyone wants to meet him. Period.

But I also have my reasons. Before he was elected as Pope, I kept on ranting to Michelle (during our walking exercises) about how “hopeless” the church is getting…and then Pope Francis became Pope! He never fails to amaze me..us! Right? And there’s more: He kissed and hugged a person with Neurofibromatosis
(NF). It really means a lot to us. It’s comforting. It really touched our hearts. It’s like telling us that he’s on our team too. Kakampi natin siya!

If there’s a person whom you look up to or someone who you believe has the same outlook as you, same as the things you're doing, same beliefs, of course you want to meet him/her regardless of who that person is. I have a list of people I wanted to meet and Pope Francis is on top of that list (Abhie & Jen, you used to be on that list, seryoso)

Everything he does is just so amazing but he never fails to remind us that it’s God who’s using him to reach out to people. Etc. Etc. Etc. Etc.

And now I would like to give the blessing. But first I want to ask you a favour. Before the Bishop blesses the people I ask that you would pray to the Lord to bless me – the prayer of the people for their Bishop. Let us say this prayer – your prayer for me – in silence.” — Pope Francis

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ipon 2014 ...success!

"Pag may tyaga, nilaga ang ulam!" Haha

Before 2013 ended, posts about the 52 week money challenge were everywhere. A lot of people wanted to do it (I wonder how many people actually did it) and we were one of those though I had doubts about finishing it until the end but I (we) really really wanna do it. Can we do it? How will we know if we won't try, right? So we made our own customized 52 Week Money Challenge and called it Ipon2014.



Monday, November 17, 2014

Living in pain but living a beautiful and awesome life!

I often have sudden nerve pain on my head; but I still feel so blessed because before I can even react and say “ouch”, it’s already gone. That happens every 20 minutes and lasts for an hour or even the whole day, but each prick/pain is only a second or less.

Headaches are becoming frequent these days, as in almost everyday; but I still feel so blessed because all the pain I’m feeling are always tolerable.

image from google

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wagyu Wonderful Lunch at Melo's!

Just because I’m sick (and currently has 3 aggressive bad tumors) doesn’t mean I can’t go out and eat good food. I’m a lakwatserang naka-wheelchair once again…


Thanks to Ma’am Caron Santiago Macasaet (owner, together with her husband, Sir Paul) for inviting us, Talitha and I had a really wonderful Wagyu Steak Lunch at Melo’s last week (Wednesday)!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

How caring are you?

A couple of my concerned friends told me about GoFundME, YouSharing and other Crowdfunding sites. When they told me about it, I refused and said there’s really no need for it coz it’s not like I’m raising funds for a much needed medical procedure like surgery or something. I’m continuously doing a fundraising campaign to sustain my recurring medical needs; NF is a continuing battle. Besides, there are a lot of people who needs more help compared to me. I didn’t want to put up a fundraising page then, but I considered and told myself that if I really need to raise a big amount for my surgery, I’ll make one.

Please don’t feel obliged to give. Share only if you can and I’ll sincerely appreciate it. You can buy a shirt from me. May tshirt ka na, nakatulong ka pa at may chance ka pang maka-inspire ng kung sino mang babasa ng nakasulat sa shirt mo! Haha. Praying for me is helping too. I really feel comforted and more at ease whenever someone tells me that they’re praying for me.

http://www.youcaring.com/kcatumors

Anyway, here’s my youcaring page, I tried creating a gofundme page but they  don’t accept Paypal. We have a dollar account but my mom’s not sure if it’s still active. Time is moving and we still have a lot of things to do, so I'll use my Paypal at youcaring site instead.


Please read:
3 bad tumors: Please help me shoo them away!

3 bad tumors: Please help me shoo them away!

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MRI scan results are out and it’s 3 pages long! Meningioma. Schwannomas. Lesions. Mass. Soft tissue. Irregular. Abnormal enhancement. Definite progression. Tumors, tumors and more tumors all over my cranial MRI. Aside from the 4cm big bad brain tumor, there are also tumors on my optical wall (on each side) that needs to be treated. That’s 3 bad tumors! Hopefully the other tumors will remain small and behave forever!

It’s Hypofractionated Stereotactic Radiation Therapy (SRT) times two that costs Php 593,450.00  and we need to raise it within this month.

Here’s the copy of the estimated price quotation we got from Medical City (the only hospital in the country that has this kind of treatment) – the red marks are the discount.

Here’s the plan according to Dr. Vega (radiation oncologist):

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stiffed neck ...gone!

A miracle causes great happiness among people. From a biblical perspective, it is an event in the external world brought about by the immediate and simple volition of God. I do believe in miracles. They happen every single minute. There are no explanations necessary, they just happen, and we know that they do happen because we can feel them when they happen.


This is too good not to share, though I know some people won't believe me. But still, I want to share this amazing miracle that happened to me yesterday and how amazing God is!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I'm a bosconian. Proud Bosconian!

Here it is. My speech during last Sunday's DBS Grand Homecoming. My mom read this coz I can write (and I have A LOT to share), but I can't deliver it. But still, I CAN! It's 3-pages long, size 14 Calibri font, narrow margin, single space and it's focused on just one topic. Haha. Ako na ang madaldal! :P

Very short intro
I copied a couple sentences from of my previous articles & writings, should I sue myself of plagiarism? LOL.

Read on.

I am Maria Kathrina Lopez Yarza. I am known as Kcat to everyone, but most of my DBS friends call me Tack. I belong to the pioneer batch, DBS Batch 2000. It is really a great honor to be sharing my story with you, my fellow Past Pupils. Thank you so much for making me a part of this.

Our home is our first venue of learning; the second is our school. After studying nursery school at a learning center near our home, I was ready to study in a bigger school for my preparatory schooling.  My parents learned that there was a newly opened Don Bosco School in Manila for girls, and since my dad and my mom’s brothers were Bosconians, they were eager to enroll me here. I was accepted and I was lucky to become one of the first batch of students in DBS way back in 1989 and proud to be one of the first graduates in year 2000.

In those eleven years, I thought I was only here to study, study, and study. I have learned a lot, but not only lessons from textbooks, but DBS also taught me about life: what life is, how to value life and how to live it well, not by myself, but together with everyone. And all these form a big part of who I am today.
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