AH1N1 virus pandemic: days of paranaoia

At 42, I am at high risk for the AH1N1 virus. Yes, I am being paranoid, and I have my own reasons. The influenza virus can jump from one person to the next as easily as a basketball passes from one player to another (we’re watching game 4 of the NBA western conference finals between…

16 1/2 hours

She’s a real trooper. She forced herself into a smile when I leaned forward to greet her. It was a little past midnight. “Sorry, it took me this long,” I whispered. I wanted to hug her frail body, but I was afraid I might hurt her. * * * Upo ka dito, she said, tapping…

Thesis of life

My best friend is trying to defend her life against brain tumor. In a few days, she will go under the knife and prove that she deserves an A for fighting this through. The pain that I am feeling from just watching her struggle against this illness is nothing compared with her fear and physical…

Conversation no. 3: cervical cancer patient

She took her hat off, revealing her bare head. She gives me a genuine but nervous smile. She kept laughing most of the time during our conversation, making me feel a little uncomfortable about the whole thing. ME: Anong pumasok sa isip mo nung malaman mong may cervical cancer ka? HER: Natakot ako, syempre, pero…