Hi everyone! My name is Jiezl Lane T. Tabay,34 years of age ,residing at Toril,Davao City and I'm a dialysis patient since 2002. I was diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Failure secondary to Chronic Glomerolunephritis and it was a shocking moment for us when the doctor told my mom that it is too young for me to have this kind of disease. I was 3rd year in college at University of Immaculate Conception when I found out that I am sick. I have no Idea what is dialysis and how it works because it was my first time for me to have a check up in specialist that time, and as far as I remembered never been to a doctor since elementary and high school . My mom can't believe that I am sick because I was very an active girl in elementary, I am an athlete , participated a lot of activities in school like dancing and same thing in high school I'm into sports and dancing too. I started dialysis treatment since when I was 18 years old and I 'm in 3rd yr in college. Now I'm already 15 years running 16 this coming August on dialysis and still fighting. This kind of diseases wasn't easy because of the expenses that we spend every week and we are not rich to support all the expenses for the treatment. Through government programs by giving medical assistance I was able to survive and I' m thankful for that. In my 15th year journey as a dialysis patient a lot of trials we encountered in our family like my parents separated, I stop studying in college and I experienced can't walk properly and can't see clearly because both my eyes are blurry due to the side effects of the medicines that I drunk last 2013 and my doctor said my nerve was affected by the medicines.. I thought that time it wouldn't back to normal, I prayed every day and while praying can't stop my tears pouring down from my eyes and asking God do please heal my sight and legs. Indeed he slowly back my sight and my legs even though not 100%back to normal but I'm still thankful and happy. God is so good to me all the time because every prayer I prayed to him he always answered it, like when I asked him I will accept this illness as long as you make me feel like a normal person that I can still do the things that I did before when I am still healthy. It was not easy seeing my mom goes with me to the hospital for my treatment and she needs to go back home to pick up my nephew from school and at night go back again to the hospital to pick me up after my treatment. The hospital which I undergo dialysis treatment is in the Southern Philippines Medical Center(SPMC) a 1 hour away from our home with traffic and I traveled that every Monday and Thursday sessions by myself. .My mother is the only one who supported me and my father,he just supported me when he has a money and not all the time. I can see how hard for my mom to accept that I have this kind of disease because she is the only one who are working just to give our needs. It's very painful for me seeing someone is sacrificing to work hard just to provide my needs for my weekly treatment and medicines. Last 2004 I joined Singles for Christ it's a community organization but I already serve the community since when I was young as Youth for Christ Ministry this community really help me to be more positive in life , strengthen my faith to God , I gain a lot of friends, I get more closer to God and I became part of the Dance Ministry .I'm happy to be part of this community because Serving the Lord gave happiness to me from a boring life after I was diagnosed ESRD because my life before when I started dialysis house and hospital it's so boring like I'm just waiting for my time.But when I became an SFC a lot of good things happen to my life like, I was able to go back to school last 2009 in spite of I have this kind of disease. I'm eager to go back to school by that time even if I'm sick but the doctor wants me to take a rest, so I stop studying for 7 years from school. I never lose hope during that time that I can still go back to school and finish it. I know we are struggling that time financially ,but my want of going back to school never stop. My mom want's me to stop and never go back to school because she can't afford anymore and if ever I will go back to school she will transfer me in the public school because I came from the private school. I inquired in the public school at the University of Mindanao (UM), since I belong to the old curriculum need to go back to the first-year college. If I go back to the first-year college, I rather stop than pursuing it because tiring to start again, wasting money and time. I prayed to God that I really wanted to go back to school, but my mom will not agree because I prefer to continue my course in my old school so that I will not go back to the first-year college. I prayed to God again that whatever your plans for me let it be done if it is your will not to go back to school I will accept it The night before the last day of enrollment in University of Immaculate Conception(UIC), God answered my prayer when my mom said to me you'll be enrolling in UIC. I was very happy because God really does answer my prayer even though it is not easy on my part study at the same time doing the treatment. There's a point that I want to give up but I couldn't because in my mind I want to finish my study and be graduate so that my mom will be proud of me in spite I have this kind of illness. I was so happy when I able to finished my college and graduate with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Marketing Management. To have this kind of diseases it was never easy for me because of the pain, twice a week going to the hospital for dialysis.I have to sacrifice the pain of the needle inserting to my arterial and vein of my arms to do the treatment just to prolong my life. The financial support it's not easy too, I should be wise where I can get a medical help to support my twice a week dialysis treatment. Asking help to the government, it's not easy because you have to sacrifice falling in line with many people who are asking help too. I'm thankful that in spite of this illness God provide us our needs in dialysis. I'm still bless also that God still extending my life every day, and use me as an instrument to inspire other people especially to my fellow dialysis. Right now I work part-time job and do some direct selling just to provide my medication, transportation, food, payment for Phil health, some expenses for my dialysis and I share also for the expenses in the house. I work and do some little business to help my mom because I don;t want to be burdened to her. i want to be helpful even if I'm sick.
When I started on dialysis I already wanted to undergo Kidney transplant because the doctor said I'm still young and have a long life to live. I always asked my mom that I really wanted to do the KT(Kidney Transplant), but she said we don't have money and no donors. In my family I'm the only one different blood type of all my siblings they are type "A" and me I'm type "O". My mom is type "A" so they get that blood type to my mom but my dad is type "B" not so sure but we are not the same type. So no possible donor within my family. I can get maybe in relatives but I doubt it if they will give because they are afraid of operations.