A visit from Tatay

For the first time since Tatay passed away six years ago, he came to me in my dream. In my dream, he held my hand firmly. He gave me reassuring words that everything will work out. He said they are talking things out as we speak. In my dream, his hand felt so real. It…

Baby steps

It’s about being there to witness every precious moment, every memorable milestone, every heartwarming memory. But what if you’re not there every time to see it…feel it…relish it with your loved ones? A line from a song goes, “a moment gone is gone forever.” But at least you have the rest of your life to…

Zak is home

God finally took Rafi Zakkari Faigao Feliciano home. Little Zak passed away at around the same time he was born — exactly two months after he was born. He no longer suffers. He now breathes freely…without the tubes…without the syringes…without the meds…without the pain of seeing the anguished faces of his daddy, mommy, and kuya….

Never give up

I stood outside the nursery window, watching Greis caress her frail little baby boy Rafi Zakkari. Zak raised his feeble left arm in response, as if wanting to reach out and touch his mommy’s hand. But he couldn’t. He could only lift his arm by half an inch. I have seen this scene a few…

Dreaming of Christmas for Zakkari

Little Zakkari Rafi was born two months early. He probably couldn’t wait to make his mom smile and hear his brother Malakai Rei sing. Today, 4 days before Christmas, he’s still in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and making slow progress toward full recovery. Yesterday, mom Greis said little Zak was able to take…