Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dust Storm Today in San Tan Valley, Phoenix, Arizona

It's just sad to see all these calamities happening all over the world. There is flood, earthquake, volcanic eruption and now exaggeratedly huge wall of dust storm! 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Prolactinoma - 1

I haven't really visited my account in Daily Strength where those people who have different concerns, problems, sickness and struggles in many forms create their own Support Group. I signed up an account to understand more of this brain tumor called  Prolactinoma which i was diagnosed last January 2009 (mine was a Macroadenoma). I've been looking for people who may have the same sickness as mine here in the Philippines so I can ask inputs on how to deal with this or if not encourage them knowing that I myself is going through the same thing... and I relate with them. But the search for these people seemed to be quite difficult in those times until today when out of nowhere I decided to check on it (and as usual, I forgot my password... but just browsed the page for Prolactinomas anyways) and finally came across a page with a post from somebody in the Philippines! He is a guy who had already undergone a transphenoidal surgery (which I almost have taken by the way!) and I really feel for him to have gone through that because first it's not cheap, second it's uncomfortable, third it's maybe painful, fourth there is no guarantee that everything will be removed, fifth it could still go back, etc... I am just so blessed that medication works for me! Of course it's not easy but better than going through both! So for sure, I'm gonna retrieve my password so I can give him some advise and find more pinoys who really need help on this!

A Prolactinoma is found near the pituitary area and if the tumor gets
bigger, it causes headache, loss of peripheral vision or even blindness.

For more queries on Prolactinoma, please don't hesitate to post them here. :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

13th of Friday is not at all BAD!

I super like the bouquet and of course the engagement ring! :)
Thanks my love for always so loving, thoughtful and understanding!
I love you so much!
We would hear some stories how some people believe that whenever 13th of the month falls on a Friday, a bad omen is normally accompanied to it... maybe it's just a hearsay or just a sort of an ancestral belief. But hey, this is not at all true with me because at exactly Friday the 13th of August I got engaged to the most wonderful guy on earth! If you are in a long distance relationship, what you would aspire is to be with your beloved ... and to see him on the 13th of Friday definitely doesn't matter! Yes, it's our first meeting after a year and 3 months of being away from each other and little did I know that just a few hours from that time, a big surprise is going to happen! I really did not expect that because it was supposed to be my surprise to him but it turned out the other way around and he really got me good in there! My "supposed-to-be-surprise" to him had been divulged to him few weeks back before he even came back to the Philippines. So my 2 friend-accomplices had become his accomplices and they all, together with my now-fiancĂ© did a great job playing with me in my game! So it was a really good and wonderful "surprise" for me! Because of this wonderful pace that happened in my life, Friday the 13th has become one of the significant dates for me! This has become one of the beautiful times that I will always celebrate with my soon to be partner for life and this is because God has blessed us with a pure and great  relationship! What made us survive the "long-distance" is the "hope, faith & love (1Cor.13:13) that we have for God and for each other!

The Proposal! (I was "happily surprised"!) hahaha...
My sister who came all the way from Singapore for the Big Surprise!
Thanks Ate for all the love and support! I love you!
with the girl witnesses!
with the boy witnesses!

Simply Frannie

Thursday, July 29, 2010

My 9th Spirthday!

Yes! It's my 9th Spirthday today (Spiritual Birthday)! Looking back, I was just a young college girl in my second year who was prideful and self-righteous. Although I was religious, I didn't really know the right standard on how I will be able to serve and worship God - All i knew were that I recognize him, I attend mass, I don't commit any crime, nor do something that will lead my family to shame. I was all this until I decided to give a time to study the bible deeper with some friends who invited me to do so and I realized that my standard of worship and knowing God is just too far from His'.

Well, it's been 9 years! Most of these were tough years - but one thing that I'm grateful for is that God has always been with me most especially on the toughest situations of my life. There were lots of sickness and deaths in the family and that included my father's, grandpa's, aunt's! The rest were mostly spent in hospitals with the traumatic and struggling experiences it brought to me and to my family and as well as how much it devoured our resources. But God indeed knows how to comfort, strengthen and encourage His people! I felt His love and concern through my family, friends and the prayers that were lifted up to Him by a lot of people who were really commiserating with us! That was just encouraging! On how we survived and able to brace ourselves in those difficult times, it was just really God! Above all, God gave us healing and taught us to accept the loss. He taught my family to move on and face another chapter of our lives. For our departed ones, they will always be remembered and will always be my and my sister's inspiration. Above all else, God!

Of course that's just the other side of the story! God rewards too! First He blessed my sister with a job in Singapore and was able to have an MA since she's a more career-oriented lady... :) Secondly, God blessed me with healing, a job and an awesome dating life with a really nice and inspiring disciple of Jesus...(ahem):)!

Whatever happened to us, definitely God has His way of keeping us to Himself if we only allow Him to! God makes miracles! God reveals His power and God works for the good of those who love Him - no matter what the circumstance is! God deserves all the glory and honor!

Simply Frannie

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

What is it that bothers you? - An Introduction

Before going to our mid-week devotional, my mode was not really well set up... feeling bored, lazy, empty and tired of doing my daily routine at work! Something odd was really going on that day that I've even read "boredom" stats on Facebook. Well, at least I'm not alone! I did not even make it to the bank to pay some bills. But good thing my friend at work (Ely Valendez who was also feeling a little down) kept me company and we just pigged-out - now that somehow helped and having seen few showbiz personalities sparked me up a little bit and yes, brought Ely back to the world! hahaha...

That's just an added spice to this write-up. The main subject started when I got to our church's mid-week devotional. I knew that it's gonna be awesome, as always and might be something I need to complete my day. But i did not expect that it was going to be that deep! Deep in a sense that the topic just struck the inner core of our spiritual being! It talks about the desire, trouble or something that bothers you at night that you feel God is sending you to do something and this could be the real purpose of your existence. Yes, we've talked about our shapes before and we've heard a lot of lessons and discussions about that from anywhere... church, books, journals, commentaries, etc... maybe even taken some questionnaires or tests to define it... but it's still hard for us to be compelled to do something... simply because we don't know how to start and how to do it. We're just completely ignorant of who we are especially if we are in the battlefield and pursuit of our existence!

Then three from our brothers and sisters shared amazing and really inspiring stories and result when they addressed to that "question" or "trouble" or "desire" or "calling" whatever you may want to call it! Gosh, I was just blown-away! That made me really think what God has really called me specifically to do... to make a difference! There's a lot of things came to mind but I just really need to define and pray about it... Man, i don't want to "just" exist... I want to live!

Maybe what you are called to do is same with mine! Maybe what bothers you is just the same with others! Perhaps what you know is the answer to the answer to this question: What is it that bothers you?

(I know it's also worth-sharing what they discussed on our devotional so I will write them down on my next blog. Now, it's time to go back to work.. hehe).

- blog i posted from my previous account-