Facing cancer is never easy. Just ask Olive Dantes, who works as an administrative staff at the Arellano University in Legarda, Sampaloc, Manila.
Money is the prevailing issue when a debilitating disease like cancer strikes you.
In a life and death situation, Olive confessed that all the more, she clung to God’s word.
Without money to sustain her operation for cervical cancer, Olive recounted how God responded to her prayer when she started looking for a doctor specializing in cervical cancer.
“March 1 (2008) nakahanap na kami ng specialistang doctor. Ob Oncologist siya, si Dra. Tan. Pero di siya affiliated ng health card ko. Tinanong ko siya kung meron siyang mare-recommend na doctor na affiliated ng Philam care, sabi niya iyong friend niya na si Dra. Rivera. “Pero ang sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Doc, gusto ko po kayong maging doctor. Pero wala po akong pera na magagamit para sa inyo magpa-opera tapos sabi niya, sige tatawagan ko iyong friend ko (Dra. Rivera). Pagpumayag siyang maging partner niya ako sa operasyon mo, para ako ang mag opera sa iyo.
As Dra. Tan called up her doctor/friend to be her partner for Olive’s operation, Olive said she just took the time again to pray for Divine Intervention and favor right at that very moment.
“At pagkatapos nilang mag-usap, naka smile na ang doctor. Sabi ni Dra. Tan, ‘mahal ka talaga ni Lord, pumayag siyang mag-partner kami sa operasyon mo.’
“Grabe ang sigaw ko sa tuwa dahil di ako magbabayad nang mahal. Tapos dalawang magaling na doctor pa ang binigay ni Lord sa akin.”
Olive’s operation went smooth, she said on March 11. As she was recovering from the operation, family and her friends from Victory and Arellano Universtiy showered her with love and support that overwhelmed her so much, she began to cry and thank God in prayer.
But there’s another “giant” hovering in the horizon.
Physicians attending to her realized that her cancer is already at stage 2, which means she has to undergo chemotherapy, radiation therapy and brachytherapy, all of which require a huge sum of money, again.
“Para akong binagsakan ng langit at lupa at ang unang tanong ko, ‘Saan ako kukuha ng pang gamot?’ Alam na alam ko na wala akong pagkukuhanan ng pera pero binalikan ko uli ang message sa akin ni Lord sa Bible, ‘that through your faith (in God) you are healed’. Sabi ko sa aking prayer, ‘Lord, bahala ka na ha, di po ako mangungutang para lang magpagamot. Alam ko tutulungan mo ako,’” she said.
True enough, God came through for her because in the numerous chemotherapy sessions she had at Fabella (hospital in Manila), someone would pay for each of those sessions. Olive said each session would cost around Php15,000 at Fabella alone.
Up to this day, Olive said she couldn’t believe how she was able to pay the hospital bill for her operation and the chemotherapy sessions.
Tomorrow, I’ll share on how God delivered the “killer blow” to the “giants” Olive faced in life.