At a very young age, I knew how it was to be very sick. I was too sickly, I could be considered a regular “customer” of hospitals. If hospitals and clinics would have a promo like Starbucks – earn enough points to get your free coffee on your next visit – I would be one who can easily earn the required hospital points to avail of a free confinement in the next visit.
During my childhood, nurses and doctors are no longer surprised to find and see my name on their medical charts. Nengkoy (my mother) in fact have loads of stories and anecdotes about her experiences in hospitals and during medical emergency situations that involves none other than, me.
I know how it is to be very very sick. That is why every time I see a young child at odds and is battling an illness and medical circumstance, my heart would just melt.
I am in tears when I encounter this trending news about John Oliver Zippay, the young kid who battled and won a war against cancer.
The video washed my eyes! I am super happy for J.O. (his nickname). What is good to know is that aside from being sickly at a young age, both I and J.O. were tagged “STRONG” by our respective fathers. The hashtag in J.O.’s GoFundMe page created by his dad was #JOStrong. My Tatay (Dad) on the other hand named me after Neil Armstrong.
There’s one big difference though between me and J.O. Aside from his infectious charm, the difference is that J.O. is the cutest and the bravest!