CanShare: Cancer Support Group in the Philippines

Tuesday, January 03, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 2 Comments

Francie Go, a CanShare member and co-founder, was diagnosed of breast cancer. She had to Francie Go of CanShareendure not only her own battle, but her family’s battles as well. Her sister and mother were both diagnosed with cancer. “My elder sister, Mila, was diagnosed with adeno-cystic carcinoma of the larynx. Cancer won and my sister died on November 2000,” Francie said. “As if my family’s suffering is not enough, my mother also succumbed to the disease. Last 1976, my mother was diagnosed with a debilitating disease known as fibromyoma carcinoma, a dreadful cancer. My mother’s cancer grew over and over on the same spot on her thigh. For twenty years, she tried to fight her own battle with cancer, and as brave as she was, she died on October 1996.”

Lorna Roque of CanShare

 

Lorna Roque, a breast cancer warrior and co-founder of CanShare, was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. “My children call me a supermom. After three days of chemotherapy, I would already be on my feet, ready to make ‘hatid-sundo’ Venjo, my only son. I would usually get chemo on a Sunday, but it was not an excuse to miss the Holy Mass. After hearing mass, we would go to the market for our weekly supplies. I usually cook our food even when I feel dizzy.” Her cancer has metastasized to her spine, lungs, and liver, but that doesn’t stop her from making the most out of life.

(If you haven’t read the first part of this post, read it HERE.)

All their stories were told out of strength, perseverance, and faith that defeats my own. I could not imagine ever having to battle cancer. I salute these brave cancer warriors.

They are all members of CanShare, a cancer warrior support group in the Philippines. I had the privilege of being invited to their photo exhibit and CD launch, where I got to chat with them (despite my being very late).

CanShare cancer support group Philippines

With Ms. Lorna Roque, co-founder of CanShare, a cancer support group in the Philippines

CanShare cancer support group Philippines

CanShare during their photo exhibit and CD launch

They say the New Year signifies a new beginning, a new life. For all these brave cancer warriors, they were not afraid to stare death in the eye. I have learned from their experiences that life is not simply about beginnings, but also about learning to deal with endings and acknowledging that all of us will soon bid farewell to this wonderful gift of life.

Here is my shout-out to all the members of CanShare. Ms. Lorna Roque, thank you for being one of the nicest people I know. Ms. Francie, thank you! Happy New Year to CanShare!

To purchase CanShare’s first CD, Inaalay, produced in collaboration with Mr. Vehnee Saturno, contact CanShare via Facebook or email.

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.

2 comments:

  1. Hello Ms. Stef! =) Im Zyra Soriano a student from UP -Diliman and i am currently doing my thesis focused on cancer patients as my respondents. May I know whom to contact in CanShare and how to contact them because I cant find their website(if there is any) thank you! =)

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  2. Hi, Zyra! Here is the website of CanShare. But you're bound to contact them faster by getting in touch with them on their Facebook page. :) Good luck!

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