Today,at the Red Cross Blood Center, Agusan del Norte, Butuan Chapter, me and my kins met someone that reminded me again about life and how precious it is.
We didn’t even know her name. All we knew was that she’s really bubbly and quite talkative. However, behind those smiles and laughs, we heard a story about life and struggles. Quite ironic you may say, but she was smiling and chuckling while narrating her short banters with her husband.
"Dugay na ko nag-antos sa akong bana nga gwapo," she joked. (I’ve been struggling for a long time with my handsome husband)
Then shortly, she shared that her husband had been struggling with Leukemia for seven years now. We then grew more interested with what she was saying.
Her husband had been receiving blood transfusions since then. He had it every month. But now, he had it twice a week.
Maintaining an expensive medical regimen had been quite a challenge. Then, add it up with looking for blood donors every now and then. Quite an exercise, right?
"Katong una jud nga abuno, grabe jud nakong hagulhol, labun nang nakabalo ka nga nay cancer imong bana. Pero karun, murag nadawat naman nako," she added. (During the first transfusion, I really cried hard, especially knowing that it was cancer. But now, I think I have already accepted it.)
Dealing with cancer was never an easy task. Her husband had often told her that he’s tired, accordingly. And she just challenged him more that he should not give up.
"No retreat, no surrender," she said.
Her husband’s condition was not improving. She came to the center to go with a blood donor. Yet, she still lacked one bag. She didn’t know where else to find more. It’s either people wanted cash rewards, or was remotely interested.
I offered her my donor card, and she gladly accepted. Then, I saw her genuine smile. She even offered to treat me for some snacks, but I refused. Knowing that you’ve helped is already a great reward. A thank you was more than enough.
She then added another remark. “Napuslan jud akong pagkatabian ba.” (My talkativeness really had done me good)
It turned out that I was the third one who voluntarilly gave blood for her husband.
This post is not to boast on what I’ve done, but to encourage everyone to be donors, as well. You may not use the blood yourself, but others sure do.
Life is full of struggles. You either win against it or fail by giving up. Millions are still in grief with fighting for their chances of living. Yet, some people waste their time, not knowing the blessings they have.
Let’s start being truly courageous and live in faith!