SAVE A LIFE. SAVE A VISION.
Looking back, Hannie, 23, known to many as “Bata” is a selfless woman who never refused anyone needing help be it in school, organization, or in the neighborhood. She was a consistent honor student in Talisay City Central Elementary School (TCCES) and Talisay City Science High School (TCSHS), a Cum Laude graduate of Cebu Normal University (CNU) and a current educator at Children’s Paradise Montessori School in Canduman, Mandaue City.
Hannie was a campus journalist and was part of Talisay City Division’s winning broadcasting team for National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) in 2009. She was one of the choreographers in school dance presentations and was a writer for the school’s paper. She was an active volleyball player being part of the school’s team for district and division competitions. She never missed any girl scout division and regional campings. She was part of the school’s Supreme Student Government (SSG) as a year representative. Moreover, she is an active member of Ramona Youth Organization (RYO), an annual catechist in their community. She was a lector and has served the church for quite awhile.
Ironically, she’s short in height but she’s extremely tall in faith. She’s stout in size and this described her heart too, a big one who has genuinely loved many. But, a challenge came upon her which none of us ever expected.
August of 2016, her menstruation cycle started getting irregular until it came to a point when her period would no longer come. November of the same year, she noticed her toes getting bigger and she’d already have a hard time looking for shoes that could fit. Next thing that grew were her fingers but all the while, her body retained its shape. Come 2017 when she had the chance to go to her OB for a check-up, she found out that she had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and a cyst inside her left breast. Apparently, this was one of the reasons behind her missed periods. We all thought a medical treatment for her PCOS and an operation to remove the cyst were what she needed to be cured. But, even after all that, she started getting these mild headaches, of which she initially thought were caused by an increased eye grade. The headaches didn’t go away after she changed eyeglasses and they even intensified to a point that she could no longer sleep at night, when it gets the most painful. Her Ophthalmologist then advised her to get a brain MRI. She did so just this week and got her results last Tuesday, July 23.
Apparently, Hannie has Pituitary Macroadenoma (in layman’s terms, a benign brain tumor). The symptoms of Macroadenoma include vomiting, vision problems, menstrual or breast changes, and enlarged hands and feet. Although the tumor is benign, she needs to undergo an operation to remove it ASAP because there’s a possibility she would go blind. The tumor has gotten big, now almost an inch in size, and it has pushed itself into her optic nerves, causing Hannie to lose half of her peripheral vision. The operation to be done is called Endoscopic, Transnasal, Transsphenoidal Pituitary Surgery and it will cost an estimate of PHP 350,000.00 excluding other medical expenses.
In this regard, we are knocking on your kind hearts to help us raise funds for her surgery. Any amount can go a long way. Details of where you can give your financial assistance are provided. Prayers also work wonders and we, with Hannie, believe that this is all a challenge given by God for her to overcome. We ask you to please pray with us for healing, strength, and provision.
BDO Accnt. Name: Hannie M. Empaces
BDO Accnt. No.: 001860417335