Dear Sister,

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Lately, I haven’t been so enthusiastic with beauty and fashion related stuff. My family is currently in a tough situation because of our eldest sibling. It took me a while to think whether or not share what we’re going through. But I realized why not tell the world how much I love my family.

Our eldest sister is like my second mom, she’s the very first person that knows my life’s whereabouts. We may be miles apart but thanks to the latest technologies, loved-ones are just a dial and a video call away.

Writing this is very difficult for me. This is for my sister Diane, she is our eldest sibling amongst us four. Born and raised in the Philippines. A 40 year-old single mother of three. Her oldest daughter is 17, her second daughter is 5 and her youngest son just turned 3.

On March of 2015, my sister was diagnosed with stage IIIB Cervical cancer. She was advised to start her treatment as soon as possible. Radiation and Chemotherapy were initiated. After which, she was then told to finish the treatment with Brachytherapy. Since we live in a small town, not all treatments are available so we had to take her to a different city from another island. She was a fighter and was able to complete her treatment.

Since then, she was able to live a normal and happy life with her kids, family and friends. Though she wasn’t cancer free, she was advised to continue her regular check-up and watch her food intake or diet.

On March of 2017, she felt some abnormalities in her body. Lymph nodes in her neck, body pain and bones hurt, stomach pain when she eats, fatigue and lack of appetite. Immediately, she was brought to her medical care provider and an ultrasound and X-ray were performed. It turned out that the lymph nodes in her neck is not a good sign related to her cancer. This time, 25 sessions of radiation was required. Unfortunately, due to her health condition, she was only able to do 10 sessions and didn’t complete her radiation treatment.

She’s confined in the hospital for a couple of weeks now. The doctor said that the cancer has spread to her liver and bones. Her internal organs are also affected badly.

But despite of her condition, my sister is a fighter and tried so hard to combat her illness to be able to take care of her kids and witness them grow. She missed a lot of school activities due to her condition and I know that she would love to get up and makeup for the days that she missed with her kids.

Currently, all we have is faith, hope and love for my sister Diane. Prayers from everyone, warm support and inspiring messages kept us going.

I cannot understand why cancer exists… It’s everywhere now! It ruins people’s lives.

Since I found out about my sister’s diagnosis, I’ve been wanting to share what she’s going through to make people aware that regular doctor’s visit is very important as well as share awareness about Cervical Cancer.

Because of this, it opened my eyes and have been actively participating in some charity works held at our workplace to raise funds. Recently, a good samaritan asked me to do the same for my sister and maybe raise some funds to be able to support the hospital bills and be able to provide the medical needs for my sister’s treatment.

Extending her life may it be a day, two or hopefully years will definitely be the best gift that we’ll receive.

I was referred to share this story through GoFundMe to hold a fundraising campaign and hopefully my prayers for my sister will be answered.

Lessons learned: Don’t take life for granted. Go see a doctor regularly and listen to what they say because this is for our own benefit!

Thank you all for listening, it means a lot to me!

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34 thoughts on “Dear Sister,

  1. Sending YOU+ YOUR FAMILY all my love xo
    please email me directly if you need anything ok
    xxx standing by you and your family – i love you xo
    stay strong and brave and again – i am always here for you xo
    all my heart xo Cat

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      1. You mean a lot to me xo xo xo you are an angel heart xo always your friend xo ALWAYS XOXOXOXOXOXXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX
        hope + prayers xo
        and you have my email
        You and Diane will be in my prayers constantly – xo LOVE XO

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        1. MyStyleInsideOut

          I can’t thank you enough, your kind words means so much! We are praying that she will wake up soon and be better again. Thank you again.. mwaahh.. ❤

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    1. MyStyleInsideOut

      Thank you and sending my love and prayers back to you as well. It’s really terrible and what’s difficult is that she have 3 kids too. It hurts!

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  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your sister’s health issues! Cancers are so prevalent now, it’s scary. I agree that regular medical check-ups are so essential to detect early. I hope the doctors can help her be pain-free. Thinking of you and your family!

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    1. MyStyleInsideOut

      Thank you! Yes, she’s currently under morphine. This helps her pain-free for now. Thank you again so much!! I truly appreciate it. ❤️

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        1. MyStyleInsideOut

          I just saw it! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! That means a lot to me.. your prayers and warm messages are more than enough but you went all the way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. mwaahh ❤

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          1. I know we’re “just internet friends” but I always consider the person behind the screen. Your sister and your family are in need, and I’m in a position to help. I hope you reach your goal. I’ll help to spread the word. ❤

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  3. I have a close friend whose mother is dealing with cancer also. She is also struggling and feeling down while trying to be as positive as she can to help. Sending my prayers out to your sister and your whole family, especially her children😔 it’s a really touch situation to go through and you have to be strong but you all will get through this difficult time, and I’m sure she will appreciate all your love and care💖

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    1. MyStyleInsideOut

      Oh I’m sorry to hear that, I hope your friend’s mom will get better soon and be cancer free. It’s really difficult but we have to be strong and stay positive. Thank you for your support. It means a lot! ❤️

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  4. I also have one sister her name is Tracy. We are just one year apart in age. We also live far apart. I love her and I miss her so much. I am so sorry about your sisters illness. Thanks for sharing with us this blog post. I really hope your sister gets better and lives a full happy life. Praying for your sister, you and your family. 💗💗💗💕💕💕🌹

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    1. MyStyleInsideOut

      Thank you Christine! and I’m so sorry to hear your story too. I’m sure your sister is now happy and pain free wherever she may be. Isn’t that what we want for our loved ones? And yes, I am praying so hard that God will bless us more and she may live longer as well. Thank you again!

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  5. Your sister is so brave and strong! This really touched me as I have a sister that I’m super close to. Nothing can possibly be harder than watching someone you love go through such pain. She is such a fighter!

    Sending you and your family lots of prayers, love, and best wishes for Diane to get better! Love always!

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    1. MyStyleInsideOut

      Thank you and because of this, I always make sure that I make the most of everything. I miss her so much and I hope she will stay with us longer. Your words inspires me to fight for her and never give up. Thank you. I truly appreciate it.❤️

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        1. MyStyleInsideOut

          I really hope so. We are starting to worry because it’s not looking good. We are all so stressed but is trying to stay strong and stay positive. Thank you for the love and support. It means so much to me. ❤

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