Last December 2010, we briefly saw each other in another professional gathering. We exchanged hellos and beso-beso but we didn’t get the chance to even have coffee. She was, at the time, undergoing chemotherapy. The pink bandana she wore on her head matched her baby pink blouse and white slacks. Of course, the ever-present hoop earrings, bangles and the effervescent smile completed the act. Her disposition belied the struggle with ovarian cancer.
After five months, she’s on her way to recovery. Her hair has grown back and the color on her cheeks portends good health on its way.
I am so happy for Jolad to have survived cancer. Some would call it a miracle. Jolad called it God’s presence in her life. Never did she question God at the onset of the disease. Her constant prayer was for God to help her find the means to sustain the expenses necessary for medication and healing. God provided her with the money and much more! The moral support had been aplenty. Neither was she afraid to die. She believes that the life she’s been given is peppered with blessings and seasoned with graces.
Jolad works as academic and research librarian at the De La Salle University, Taft Ave., Manila. She had been a school librarian, teacher and active officer of PNU LISSAA, ASLP and PLAI-NCR. Mabuhay ka, Jo!