Life without Rianna Jewelle

The hardest part wasn’t losing Rianna Jewelle, it was learning to live without her. As of this writing, it’s been three weeks since she left us. It was hard. I’m sure some of you who experienced losing someone due to death and sickness can relate to this feeling of missing her every day, struggling toContinue reading “Life without Rianna Jewelle”

9 things I’m grateful for this year

It’s hard to be grateful when you’re feeling down, hopeless, and feel like the world’s against you, but if there’s one thing I learned during hard times was to be grateful in whatever circumstances I am in. Whenever I feel like ranting about how bad my day was, I try to be grateful first andContinue reading “9 things I’m grateful for this year”

5 important lessons on strength in difficult times

It’s been nearly two years, but I can still feel the pain, anguish, and trauma brought about by Rianna’s sickness that almost cost her life. Rianna is my nine-year-old niece who suffered from mycoplasma encephalitis. She was hospitalized last October 17, 2015. Encephalitis is an acute inflammation of the brain. The majority of cases are causedContinue reading “5 important lessons on strength in difficult times”

Rianna’s encephalitis/pneumonia medical care/hospital bills

This is 8-year-old, Rianna Jewelle Orillo-Bacud. She has been confined at Makati Medical Center, Philippines for more than nine months now. Rianna is ready for discharge anytime based on the clearance given by her doctors and can continue her medications and rehabilitation at home. Unfortunately, Makati Medical Center won’t allow her discharge unless we pay ourContinue reading “Rianna’s encephalitis/pneumonia medical care/hospital bills”