Monday, October 29, 2012

KCAT CAN: Cheerful givers

Of course I wasn't the one who discovered and started celebrating birthdays though outreach and gift-giving, but whenever I learned that one of my friends would do as such, I would always feel giddy and have a feeling of satisfaction because somebody, who is just a common person like me, is doing the same thing I have been doing – sharing my blessings on my special day.

You really don’t need to be rich or be a public figure in order to share and help by organizing an outreach project, right? Like what my friend Jen always say, “It’s not how much you give, but the love you put in giving.”

Erratum: The photo was from last month's event
with the Street Kids of DBS, not Grace Be Born.

The cheerful givers
by Maria Kathrina Lopez Yarza 
October 29, 2012

A few days ago, I took part in Kathleen Madula and Coe Tolosa’s 2nd Birthday Project in Don Bosco School (DBS) with a couple of streetkids. Kathleen and I were schoolmates at DBS and we share a passion for reaching out to those in need.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Five Stitches

Looks can be deceiving, you know. It's not painful, not at all. Because suddenly it's magic. Haha

Sunday, October 21, 2012

It's like magic!

After only 2 days.. The pain is gone!
It's super duper AMAZING!

Up until last night, there's pain, although it's just like the feeling of having a regular fresh wound. Makirot. It's hurts to stand still even for just a few seconds, and it's painful every time I took a step.

...because prayers move mountains

Friday, October 19, 2012

Minor Surgery on Talitha's birthday

October 19, around 4 p.m.

After less than 30 minutes (though it seemed like less than 20 minutes)

Minor Surgery Today

Excision of this small tumor today at 4pm
I'm actually quite excited with this surgery. Haha. Seriously, because this small lump really really really hurts when bumped or pressed. As in I cry every time. It was just as small as a mung bean before, and then it grew a little bit bigger like the size of an orange seed.. It grew a little bit bigger now and it hurts a couple of times a day and affects the 4 innocent toe fingers beside it. :( I really really really really want it to be removed. As in.

Of course I'm not scared and I CAN make it but that doesn't mean I don't need your prayers anymore.. Pray for me, okay? ☺

Happy Birthday Talitha!

Monday, October 15, 2012


by Maria Kathrina Lopez Yarza 
October 15, 2012

Here’s a tumor. This also. This. This,” said Dr. Willy Lopez, my neurosurgeon, while pointing to the tumors in my brain from the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans. “You have a disorder called Neurofibromatosis,” he finally told us. It is such a long and tongue-twisting word that I often forget what the abbreviation NF stands for.

Neurofibromatosis is a neurological disorder that causes benign tumors to grow on nerves. These affect the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and skin. It can be inherited or it can happen because of a mutation in genes. And once you have it, you can pass it along to your children.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Neurofibromatosis on Pinoy MD (October 13, 2012)

Neurofibromatosis is a neurological disorder and causes benign tumors to grow on nerves that can affect the brain, spinal cord, nerves and skin. It can be inherited or it can happen because of a mutation in genes. And once you have it, you can pass it along to your children.

NF can be classified as Type 1, Type 2 or Schwannomatosis.

People with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) develop varying numbers of bumps and spots that grow along the nerves or underneath the skin.

Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) is a rare type of NF in wherein multiple tumors grow on the cranial and spinal cord.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Please watch Pinoy MD on GMA tomorrow

My mom and I had a brief interview for a case study on Neurofibromatosis this week and it will be aired tomorrow morning.
Please watch PINOY MD tomorrow, October 13,
on GMA7 at 6:00am 

Be aware of Neurofibromatosis (NF). Watch.

Monday, October 1, 2012

KCAT CAN: Our Best Friend's Wedding

Our best friend's wedding
by Maria Kathrina Lopez Yarza 
October 1, 2012

I am so blessed because all of the close friends that I knew from when I was growing up are still the same people whom I call friends.

The lyrics “For good times and bad times, I'll be on your side forever more. That's what friends are for,” exactly describe the friends that I have. They grow in number but none of them ever left and empty their spot in my heart. And among these best people in my life are my longest and closest best friends Michelle and Daisy.

Blissful September

The month of September was full of celebrations and I can foresee that there will be a lot more happenings and celebration in the coming months until this year ends..

September 3
Because it's Talitha's holiday from work.. ;P 
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In the evening, there was a surprise birthday celebration for Mother Banix, Tita Ate Bel, prepared by Kariz, Kayze Batching and Kathreen (even though she's currently in Japan).. Of course, the GYA peeps were the visitors and not to forget the Tamagochi Katren Banix who is always present.
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September 6
Janna MOMO's birthday at Momo Cafe. She had a super momolicious birthday dinner with (Congressman/Security Guard) Dong, Kariz, Kayze, Michelle, Talitha & me.
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