Move Mountains for Papa

Update posted by Maricar Brizuela On Apr 15, 2018

Yesterday a testament that miracles do happen and that prayers and faith can move mountains.

After a grueling 8-hour surgery, my father is now out of the operating room/recovery room. He is now back in his normal room; awake and already talking to us. Though we expect that he will be in pain when the anesthesia wears off, it looks like the surgery went well. His neurosurgeon said they did not experience any problem during the surgery. He did not go into the details but he said he will explain everything during his rounds later or tomorrow morning.

I have all of you to thank for this procedure which was meant to save my father’s life and spare him from the complications should the mass in his frontal lobe continue to grow. We were, at first, hesitant to push through with the surgery because of some factors we were afraid could do more harm than good for him: his age, the size of the mass and his weakness prior to his hospitalization. Also, surgeries of this kind were costly and the family was, honestly, not prepared.

But with proper advise from a relative who also has experience in frontal lobe tumors, we were enlightened that if we just allow the tumor to grow and do nothing, the process will be slow, more painful and more costly for the family. And it would be like watching my father slowly lose his senses. The doctor predicted that he may not be able to move his right body, may lose his left eye, could lose his ability to speak and eventually could just sleep and never wake up.

Then, the idea of starting the campaign just dawned on me. I did not expect the tremendous support we received since I was initially hoping only to gather some amount enough to supplement what we had with us.

But both miracles unfolded right before our eyes: making the decision to have the tumor removed and having the support and assistance we needed for Papa’s surgery.

This may still be a long road for my father but we are hopeful and certain that he can get through it because he is brave, determined and very strong.

Maraming salamat po sa effort ninyong lahat na matulungan kami. Hindi po ninyo alam kung gaano kalaking impact ang nagawa niyo sa buhay ni Papa at sa buong pamilya namin. God bless you all po.

Praise God!

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Update posted by Maritess Yango On Apr 14, 2018

Today is a testament that miracles do happen and that prayers and faith can move mountains.

After a grueling 8-hour surgery, my father is now out of the operating room/recovery room. He is now back in his normal room; awake and already talking to us. Though we expect that he will be in pain when the anesthesia wears off, it looks like the surgery went well. His neurosurgeon said they did not experience any problem during the surgery. He did not go into the details but he said he will explain everything during his rounds later or tomorrow morning.

I have all of you to thank for this procedure which was meant to save my father’s life and spare him from the complications should the mass in his frontal lobe continue to grow. We were, at first, hesitant to push through with the surgery because of some factors we were afraid could do more harm than good for him: his age, the size of the mass and his weakness prior to his hospitalization. Also, surgeries of this kind were costly and the family was, honestly, not prepared.

But with proper advise from a relative who also has experience in frontal lobe tumors, we were enlightened that if we just allow the tumor to grow and do nothing, the process will be slow, more painful and more costly for the family. And it would be like watching my father slowly lose his senses. The doctor predicted that he may not be able to move his right body, may lose his left eye, could lose his ability to speak and eventually could just sleep and never wake up.

Then, the idea of starting the campaign just dawned on me. I did not expect the tremendous support we received since I was initially hoping only to gather some amount enough to supplement what we had with us.

But both miracles unfolded right before our eyes: making the decision to have the tumor removed and having the support and assistance we needed for Papa’s surgery.

This may still be a long road for my father but we are hopeful and certain that he can get through it because he is brave, determined and very strong.

Maraming salamat po sa effort ninyong lahat na matulungan kami. Hindi po ninyo alam kung gaano kalaking impact ang nagawa niyo sa buhay ni Papa at sa buong pamilya namin. God bless you all po.

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Update posted by Maritess Yango On Apr 14, 2018

Papa is out of the recovery room. He is awake and is back in his normal room. Gumagalaw na agad. I’m so proud of you Pa. You are so brave.

Kaya sabi ko hindi ako maggive up kasi ikaw nga palaging lumalaban. Still waiting for the neurosurgeon to talk to us though.

But looking at him, I think the surgery went well. God is good. Miracles happen. We moved mountains, Pa.

Konting push pa. Salamat po sa mga nagdasal para sa father ko at sa mga tumulong sa amin.

(Nurses asked us not to post photos after the operation as per the hospital’s protocol. So eto po kamay niya laging handang lumaban.)


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Update posted by Maritess Yango On Apr 14, 2018

Today is Papa’s schedule for his operation. He is almost ready and is just waiting for the final schedule since doctors said it could either be at 8 am or 2 pm. They estimate the procedure to take atleast 10 hours since it is a very complicated one. Please continue praying for my father. Thank you very much!

To all who have extended their help and assistance to us, please know that Papa will not be here fighting if not for your support. Hindi man po siya personal na makapagpasalamat sainyo pero sobrang thankful po siya sa napakalaking tulong para sakanya.


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Update posted by Maricar Brizuela On Apr 11, 2018

Our campaign for my father made it on the print edition of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The response of the readers from all walks of life including public servants, private individuals, friends and family members was unexpected. People started calling me once the paper was out and expressed support for Papa's scheduled surgery. Maraming salamat to Jovic Yee, Kuya Santi, Ma'am Steph, Sir Volt and sa buong Inquirer family for this. Sobrang thank you po.

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Update posted by Maritess Yango On Apr 08, 2018

Papa has been admitted to BMC. I must say, things are not easy here but we have to endure so Papa can have his operation without having to spend too much.

Salamat po sa mga prayer warriors na patuloy pinapalangin ang healing niya. Please continue including him in your prayers para sa kanyang operation. Maraming salamat po!

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Update posted by Maritess Yango On Apr 08, 2018

Papa is on his way to BMC! Big thanks to BM Jp Lee for helping us get this ambulance from PRC. Ma’am Nicky, SDE po ang kapalit kaini para saimo.

Salamat boi Thea and Janus sa paghanap ki nurse and pag assist sa transfer kay Papa.

Sa lahat po ng tumulong sa amin, salamat po ulit.

Sa FamSquad Pau, Tin, Ate Thelma, Ate Au, Ate Mer, Kuya Ers, salamaton tabi!


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Update posted by Maritess Yango On Apr 08, 2018

I am at a loss for words for the overwhelming support that our family has been receiving for the hospitalization and treatment of my father.

Since we started the Move Mountains for Papa campaign (https://gogetfunding.com/move-mountains-for-papa/) a few days ago, we received nothing but tremendous support from all places: from our relatives, friends, workmates, schoolmates even simple acquaintances and people we do not even know.

We are extremely thankful for all your support, assistance and financial help for my Papa. Sobrang salamat po sa tulong niyo. Hindi ko na po kayo maiisa isa pero I vow to repay all of your kindness in any way I can in the future.

Tomorrow, we will be transferring my father to the Bicol Medical Center in Naga where the operation to remove the tumor in his frontal lobe will be done. We know we are still at the beginning of this long journey towards my father’s healing and recovery but all your help and support has made this so much easier for the entire family.

I know I cannot thank all of you enough for all the prayers, well wishes and assistance you have given my father, but please know that I am so much grateful for your kind and generous hearts.

Salamat po sainyong lahat.


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Praying for your Papa’s speedy recovery, Da. Love always, Pot

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