How I started writing about health

I’ve always considered taking care of our health as something that I should do, rather than something I should talk or write about. I didn’t plan on becoming a health writer until I’ve accepted a job for a publishing company in 2012, more than six years ago now. I thought I will only be writingContinue reading “How I started writing about health”

Life with myelodysplastic syndrome

If there are things that keep 39-year-old Marie Anne Concepcion-Magpantay from giving up, it’s her untiring faith in God and unwavering support of her family and friends. Meanne (as she’s more fondly called) has been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), categorized as refractory cytopenia with multilineage dysplasia 2 percent blast in February 2016. It startedContinue reading “Life with myelodysplastic syndrome”

New treatment offers hope for cancer

Worldwide, nearly one in six deaths are caused by cancer-related illnesses. According to the World Health Organization, 70 percent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Besides personal acceptance, family issues, quality of life, and absence from work, cancer patients worry on how to sustain their expensive treatments to somehow survive or extendContinue reading “New treatment offers hope for cancer”

Cancer cases in PH increasing

In the Philippines, while the cost of medical care is low, funding medical expenses is difficult. This is perhaps one of the reasons why people are turning to charitable institutions to seek financial/medical assistance. No matter how rich they are, their bank savings will be drained if a patient had been staying in the hospitalContinue reading “Cancer cases in PH increasing”

Goodbye, ate Yollie

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is likeContinue reading “Goodbye, ate Yollie”

Help Yollie fight bone cancer

  “Sometimes we’re so busy trying to make everyone in our lives happy, we don’t realize that maybe it’s enough to make one person happy.” – Regina Brett I first met 58-year-old Yolanda “Yollie” Santos in 2009 when I was the chairman of the Lectors and Commentators’ Ministry in our parish. Back then, she was theContinue reading “Help Yollie fight bone cancer”