I survived July 2016
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Sorry for the lack of updates. I was in pain for a month and was living off painkillers, prayers, and the patience of friends. I just wanted to let you know I’m still here.
I was not prepared for the month of pain.
It started with a strenuous workout in the gym, followed by a suspected UTI, doctors, ultrasound, PAP smear, colonoscopy, online bullying, stolen cellphone, hacked credit card—all in July 2016.
But I survived it.

Out of everything that was dealt to me, the worst thing really was the physical pain because it lasted for one month, I thought I was dying.
The pain would start every time I sat up to eat, from my lower back to my tail, it would radiate to my right thigh, buttocks and calves. The pain was so bad I would end up in bed, cancel appointments, meetings, and move deadlines.
I tried Flanax, Ponstan, Alaxan, Salonpas, massages, sleeping, and in the end it was only Advil, prayer, and time that worked for me.

I was losing hope. All I could think about was Prince, who suffered from chronic pain after jumping constantly in heels.

Prince pain

I thought about my cousin Lance Raymundo, who survived a deadly gym accident in 2014. I thought about my friend Penny who was bedridden for a month before she died in 2015.
Cause that’s all I could think about when I was in pain. I thought about other people in pain and I prayed.

On the last week of July my friends were telling me to hang on because it’s nearly August.
True enough, yesterday was my second day without pain. I went to bed early. I was tired, sleepy, but had no pain.
I also have an abnormal craving for Haagen-Dazs coffee ice cream, but there is none currently in Manila. (Please tell me if you find a tub in the supermarket.)

Funny, I bought this metal sign in Tokyo last Christmas and forgot about it until now. I should have hung it up somewhere. For when I really thought the pain would never go away and I would be living a life like Prince, it’s finally gone. I hope for good.

Pain sign

That said, I’m back. Sorry if I have missed some deadlines or not taken your calls. I’ve been in pain and feeling very tired. Thanks to all my friends and family who have been patient with me through this time and who prayed for me. I am grateful.

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