Just A Matter of Seconds… A day at B-Braun Dialysis Center #hemodialysis #dialysis

Nurse Amer Hussein Pagadilan facilitated the first phase of dialysis session

 

You all know about my father as I shared to all of you that he is undergoing dialysis. I visited my dad in B-Braun Dialysis Center. It is located at the 2nd floor, Unihealth Southwoods Hospital and Medical Center.

Dad’s Journey:

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Some of my observations:

  • There are some patients who are positive despite what he/she had been going through
  • There are patients who are not smiling at all. Maybe they were undergoing certain things on their minds…
  • The nurses . . . aside from their good looks (naks . . . mga kapatid ko kasi yan ahaha) they treated all of their patients as their extended family.
  • I talked to some of the dialysis patients and I can see how God is molding them to be strong like Dad’s disposition.

I want to make a shout out to those families undergoing dialysis treatment:

  1. Accept: The first thing you need to do. Just like any other disability or ailment, we need to accept and embrace that sickness with open arms and know that we have a BIG GOD to help and overcome our fears, anxiety and pain.
  2. Listen: Listen to the doctors… they know what they are doing. If they say to have a fistula, go for it!
  3. Research: Get a book about dialysis and ask the doctor if possible.
  4. Get Involve: We assure our Dad that we visit him or just check on him when he is scheduled having a dialysis. It will help the patients if they know that you care and love them
  5. Pray for them: The weapon to every problem is a prayer. It is the most important task I guess and the most powerful one too.

Thank you to our friends and the dedicated nurses of B-Braun Dialysis Center namely:

  1. Conrado C. Carvajal II “Ron”
  2. Carlo Nino G. Cayco
  3. Amer Hussein Pagadilan
  4. Klarise Ann Paris
  5. Marites Medina
  6. Kevin Murillo
  7. Irwin Paras
  8. Christian Rotap
  9. Charisse Frejas
  10. Ma. Kassandra Venturosa “Casey”
  11. Gerald Malabanan

Mga kapatid . . . salamat sa pagmamahal at sa weekly na pagligtas sa buhay ng madaming tao lalo na ang dad ko . . . Mahal ko kayong lahat!

(Bros and sissies . . . thank you for the love and for saving the lives of many people especially my dad . . . I love you all.. )

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Binan City’s First Paralympics 2017: Breaking Limitations #Paralympics #PWD #PutoLatikFestival

 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

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I was so privileged to be one of the organizers for the First Paralympics 2017. Held last May 18, 2017 for the 7th Puto Latik Festival, the persons with disabilities of Biñan City rejoiced as they participated in the very first Paralympics 2017 at Alonte Sports Arena.

Highlighting their abilities, the PWDs of Biñan City broke their limits by engaging themselves into sports. “Abilidad at Kakayahan, Higit sa aking Kapansanan”, the theme boldly stood up as their voice became louder.

Photos from Gender and Development Office FB Page

With the support of the local government of Biñan City, its Gender and Development Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, and Serbisyong Arman worked hand-in-hand with the Biñan City PWD Federation in establishing another first for the city of life; the first Paralympics 2017. It was made possible because of the partnership we had with Go Forward Biñan Foundation, University of Perpetual Help – College of Occupational Therapy, Pavilion Mall – Biñan, Isuzu Philippines, SM City Sta. Rosa, Globe Telecom, Laguna Waters, and Handyman.

The program started at eight in the morning with a parade of athletes and the tear-jerker torch run where every team had selected a representative. With the PWD focal person, Joeffy Salandanan, it ended with the lighting of the Olympic torch.

Aside from that, the athlete’s prayer and oath were delivered by two inspiring PWDs, Ate Che and me. I led the athlete’s prayer while Ate Che led the oath with sign language. Ate Che is completely deaf.

Ms. Olay, the CSWD head, welcomed the guests, the parents, and the stars of the day, the PWDs. Ms. Des Dimaguila, the GAD Office head, inspired the players with how we managed to pull off this event in just a short notice.

The most awaited event was the sportsmanship message and declaration that the games were open by Mayor Arman Dimaguila. He also announced the implementation of the city ordinances regarding PWDs.

After that, the sporting events such as Tug of War, Baton Relay, Obstacle, Basketball, Individual Blind Marathon, Wheelchair Bike Marathon, Standard Wheelchair Marathon and Rough Rider Marathon.

Mayor Arman Dimaguila, Ms. Des Dimaguila, and City Councilor Liza Cardeño engaged themselves in the games and inspiring the PWDs with inspiring messages. Vice Mayor Gel Alonte also delivered a very short but very powerful message for PWDs.

 

The champion team was the Blue team but I guess everyone enjoyed. Mayor Arman Dimaguila even said that the Paralympics would be happening twice a year.

The PWDs of Biñan City were so blessed to have the support of its local offficials.

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Stop The Power of Stigma #GreenRibbonCampaign #cerebralpalsy

I was moved by what we are… PWD? Disabled? A girl living with cerebral palsy rode on a jeep. The passengers judged her that she could not understand everything. The innocent looks at her eyes were looking at them; one of them laughed, others were questioning through their eyes, but a man helped her. The girl spoke to her mom. Her mom and grandma were just ignoring the stigma of a cruel society we are all in.

#REALTALK That girl is obviously me 🙂 By the grace of God, I handle every judgments very well. Thank you for the patience Father God!

What is a stigma?

a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.

Help me in telling people about cerebral palsy.  Help me eradicate the stigma of being a PWD. We are not Persons with disability… we are persons with different abilities… we are able . . . we are special . . . we are the people who needs your compassion not your pity. we are the people who needs your understanding not your judgment. we are God’s workmanship too… so help instead of laughter . . . love instead of cruelty . . . care instead of gossips.

We are Persons with different Abilities . . . we need your understanding, care, and love.

Stop the stigma against Cerebral Palsy…

Stop the stigma against AD/HD, Down Syndrome, HIV Patients, Blind, Mute, Deaf . . . disabilities!

we need your help! Help us stop the stigma!

God bless you!

I love my work #GoForwardBinanFoundation

It had been a surprise seeing me working in a real office with real office mates. It was surreal but I enjoyed the pressure of capturing the smiles of those people. Go Forward Biñan Foundation is a non-profit organization that catered the needs of every Biñanense.

I enjoyed the company of new friends too. I hope I could encourage them in every way I can. I considered them  family. 🙂

In the span of two weeks, I was part of:

  • Distribution of Tricycle-Type Wheelchairs
  • Pre-elementary Graduation ceremonies
  • Assessing a SPED school
  • Gatecrashed another department’s birthday party LOL

Thank You, Father for giving me the opportunity to experience employment 🙂 Thank You for the crossroad with Ms. Des Dimaguila. Thank You Father God for another field to sow! You gave me a very nice birthday gift even though its one month late . . . Your clock is always on time. I know I know.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Des for making all of these possible. I thank the Lord for your life. It is truly an inspiration.

I got to know more of my officemates (sounds legit! because it is legit!) We had bonding sessions during lunch breaks and coffee breaks.

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To God be the glory!

Be blessed by being a blessing to others. 🙂

Divine Appointment with Mrs. Des Dimaguila: Meeting A Woman of Substance

Supposedly, I was just in the municipal hall to get my PWD ID before we go to PCSO to submit the requirement for Dad; but the Lord had other plans for me and my mom. We were about to go out from the PWD office when I saw a sophisticated lady looking at me; she stared at me and asked me several questions which led to a job, a volunteer work which I prayed for. So, she offered me to write for her; I grabbed the opportunity right away because I wanted to help the community especially the people with disabilities residing in Binan. Afterwards, I saw myself in a desk of GAD Office.

I think, the Lord worked in our meeting because they needed a writer. To cut the story short, I started a real job today!

I met new friends too; Echo, JN, Ruv and many more. Yay!

But wait, there’s more . . . I was about to be interviewed for the said position but we have to go to a school in Sto Domingo with Ms. Des, Ruv, JN, Echo, and my ever supportive mom!

We assessed what SPED schools need. And that I really enjoyed. Having been in a SPED classroom with SPED kids amazed me; it’s really a divine appointment.

I want to thank Ms. Des for the trust she gave me. It’s really something to look forward to.

We met people by chance; or it could be God’s perfect time for another work to do, missions. To God be the glory!

 

 

 

 

 

Greatest Gift Claimed! 12/26/2016 Mission

I was invited to an outreach and the Lord has been so good that he found a way to have it done. Every crossroad is a divine appointment. No accidents.

I was told that I would speak for the glory of God. But geez, I felt my nerves calling me. I grabbed the opportunity and said my yes to ate Connie. she is a missionary based on Singapore. She told me that she would be having a mission in their church, GKMC. I spoke to this church already. I pray that I could be like her in the near future.

The glory of God has seen through her missions. God has been using her to share His provisions to the needy.

As soon as I enter the church, I observed the kids; they have curious stares on me. I waved at them in return. I did the PABEBE WAVE AHAHA. Some kids smiled; some kids were very curious about my situation. Some really took courage to ask for my name.

I remember a kid asking my mom what happen to me?  We started our mission; proclaiming the goodness of my Father  God through Jesus. As a shy writer, I only observed them; smiling at the same time.

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They seemed to love me as soon as they know my story. I was so overwhelmed. The kids were so willing when we requested for photos with them.

 

A mother came to us. She shared her testimony on how God has help her in her situation. I realized that sin cannot be a hindrance for God to pour blessings after blessings. But we must take a leap of faith and acknowledge our fault . Be humble enough to say sorry.

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My heart leaped into so much joy when they prayed the prayer of Salvation. They claimed the greatest GIFT EVER WRAPPED, JESUS CHRIST!

I had a chance to explain to them what i’ve been doing by Mom’s help. Thanks Mommy!

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We also met a Mom who has a cerebral palsy child. She said to us that she is not sending her child to school. we encouraged her to do that. I remember what Mom told her: Parents have this responsibility to pour love to their children. You have to equip them for them to have a weapon in life.

The mission is over;

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While they were fixing the chairs, we mingled with these fellow believers. One of them bought a book 🙂

REUNITED WITH MANILYN AND MET SHAIRA AND PEPAY!

I Thought It ended there. But wait there’s more!

we followed Ate Connie’s van; they were sharing packs of lunch to beggars, security guards and other vendors. I remember our missions through the help of Basics Global!

we celebrated Ate connie’s bday and have a meaningful fellowship. But she gave me a very nice gift; a very  long prayer for healing. It has been so unexplained how i felt that time. i felt so light; i ran and walked freely.

Thank you for the prayer ate! I will always be grateful that the Lord Jesus opened my eyes into endless possibilities like traveling abroad. 🙂

TO GOD BE THE GLORY

#WorldCerebralPalsyDay : #IAmHereWeAreHere

All things are possible with God!

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I attended the WORLD CEREBRAL PALSY DAY PHILIPPINES. I was supposed to speak for the event but was late. Sorry! I was with Inay (my grandma) and Mama Lelen (my aunt).

I saw this on the gallery:

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Photo Grabbed from World Cerebral Palsy Day Philippines Facebook Page

But I enjoyed each moment. I arrived when Jessa Zaragoza rendered a special song for the kids with Cerebral Palsy and their families. And we hear another beautiful soul, Isabel Granada. I saw Dominic Roque who is one of the sponsors.

Seeing everyone lovingly taking  care of the kids with cerebral palsy, I felt their love. I wanted to hug all of them.

The kids rendered a song, Glowing Inside, it melted my heart even more when I received  a bookmark for the parents.

I want to share the speech I prepared for the event:

Good morning! I would like to thank Bobath Advocacy Group and Hong’s Children Center for CP. they invited me to come and speak the goodness of God. I am Racquel Castro, a blogger, an author, a math tutor, a thesis consultant, a programmer, and God’s warrior princess. A proud woman living with cerebral palsy. How do it all happen? read my book, hehe. Just kidding. When i was born, i didn’t cry like other new born babies. That 2-3 minutes affected my motor skills. But i thank the Lord for cerebral palsy. Why? Because it made me a strong woman.

I was treated normal. Thats what i thanked my family for. they never treat me different. Napapalo din po ako. I finished my studies and landed to be a free lance programmer. Love, encouragement, and trust. That is what i have.
by the grace of God, i have found my passion, writing, through an encouragement. A friend encourages me to write a novella and that launched my career as an author. My first novella, when fate speaks big time, was nominated in 2015 Virtue Christian Book Awards. It led me to an international publishing deal. right now, i have a few indie books right here.

Observe your child with cerebral palsy. It is not too late to support them with your love, encouragement, and trust. Will he/she be the next president of the republic? Just trust the talents God gave them. like me, encourage your child to be the best. Never give up on them. they will be the family’s blessing.

Good day and God bless you.

To God be the glory!

Here are some of the pictures taken by me and Mama Lelen:

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