Uncle Fab is my father's brother. He is my ninong. For 17 long years, he served as an OFW in Korea. He was the sole breadwinner of his family. All he ever wanted was to provide a comfortable life for his wife, Auntie Linda, and his seven children (Kuya Chard, Kuya Ardo, Kuya Benjie, Kuya Bogs, Carol, Jherson and Dimple), hence the decision to work far from home. He loves his family wholeheartedly and would sacrifice even not seeing them (physically) just to provide for their needs.
Uncle Fab, the jolly joker that he is - is well loved by many. He gained trust and respect among those he worked with all these years. I vividly remember every year we (the whole clan) would look forward to hearing news that he'd come home for Christmas or even for good, but then again he would re-assess the situation back home and say - "next year nalang".
My brother, mama, his daughter in law and grandson were able to visit him in Korea a few times and they saw Uncle Fab and his jolly old self- healthy, happy, full of life - no sign of any illness.
Come November 2019, we received news from his children that he had been complaining about abdominal pain and uncontrolled bowel movement. This was the 1st time he ever complained about "pain" and from then on.. his immediate family planned for him to come home.. for good.
Exactly on his 64th birthday (after 17 years), Uncle Fab finally came home. You could see in his eyes that even if he was in pain - he was soooo happy to be home...to be with his family. The family even prepared a surprise celebration.
But his children knew deep within their hearts that this was not just a normal "stomach pain". They needed to bring their papa to the hospital for a complete check up.
On February 4, he was admitted in the hospital. Several tests were conducted - CT Scan, MRI, Biopsy and the list went on. We were finally informed that he had Colon Adenocarcinoma - Cancer Stage 2.
Doctors informed us that he will undergo 6 cycles of chemotherapy (bi -monthly, total of 12 sessions).
Then came this pandemic. Added to this was his bout with a severe infection caused by three strong-kind of bacteria that is eating up his blood. This had to be treated first before he can start his chemo sessions.
Moving forward - June 2020
He was finally cleared to undergo his 1st chemo session, though the doctors informed us that the cancer has advanced to Stage 4.
Being sick at this time is not easy. Much more if you do not have the funds to sustain your treatment. As a family we can only share up to a certain extent and help the family in any way we can. His immediate family has started their own fund-raising campaign by selling home made banana loaves. Funds were used for Uncle Fab's maintenance medicine. Yet this is not enough to keep the treatment going.
God willing, he will have another chemo session soon. We all know that things may or may not get better. But we are all praying that the Lord will allow my Uncle Fab a little more time with his family. Our faith in God has kept the family going during this most difficult time. We shall continue to find means to sustain his treatment and medication and pray for his recovery.
I ask for your prayers and support in any way to help us save our dear Uncle Fab.
Help us fight this battle. God bless you all.
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