MamaEstrellakept a diaryduringandprior to surgery. Heresheshares her story, shetalks about herconversations withGod, who gaveher strength. She describes herexperiencesandher observations. She describeshowwe all wentto reach limits, shewatchedas I, the personfrom which shedrewher strengthitselfwasweak andhad to findher strengthagain.
Throughher experienceI have learnedto bemore mindful and caring. Not onlywith my patientsbut alsowith myself. I‘ve learned that noteveryone who wantsthehelpis reallyready for it. Half-heartedaidcan domoreharm. I’ve learnedto listen even more tomy intuition. That meanssometimesalleged“help” shall be rejected ifthefeeling tells youthere’s something wrong. OurinternalGPS systemwill guide usthroughour feelings andintuition. A journey into thetrust.Continue reading →
Since 5 months my three year old daughter and I, accompany as Rucksack Coach, the young family on their way. Leemcer Zeus was initially not strong enough for surgery. After 4 weeks waiting in Manila, we cheered together for the next X-ray examination. The result brought tears into our eyes. Leemcer’s pneumonia was not yet completely healed. An operation was not possible. The next X-ray examination could take place in not earlier than 4 weeks. The young family decided to return to Bohol and wait there. Would they come back? Would her flight again be sponsored by NCFP? I promised not to stop support until Leemcer Zeus receives his first operation.
On April 30, I brought Leemcer and parents again to Manila. NCFP sponsored the flight. Leemcer was operated by the specialists of NCFP on his cleft lip.
The healing is going very well and if all goes well Leemcer Zeus will get his cleft palate surgery in 3 to 6 month.
Togetherwith husbandResmeelshelovingly caresforsonLeemcer. Leemcers cleftlipscarshave not yet healedwhen the youngfamily receivednegativenews fromBohol. They weredriven out of theirhomeandhaveto start from scratch. Continue reading →
Good morning Manila. 5:30 a.m. Well rested for another day, not really. The nights and days are really hot. It is summer in Manila and around 40° Celsius. I learned that the normal body temperature in the Philippines is considered to be 37°. In Germany I was used to 36° body temperature.
Where do you sleep?
Malia Luna and I stay with our remaining two cleft patients and their parents in the St. Joseph Transient House in Quezon City Manila. This place is run by the ICM-Immaculate Connception Missionary- Sisters. It is for the less fortunate people and their relatives who come from far away to Manila for operation. The relatives wait here until the patients get discharched from hospital and then the patients stay here until they recover or in some cases they stay for month and wait their turn for operation. Many different characters and energies come together. Continue reading →
For 5 month now, my 3 year old daughter and me, accompany cleft patients on their long way to recovery. I was looking for them, driving to their homes to the different barangays and had gunmen following us. I brought them to different check-ups and went with them on a over 30hour journey to Manila. We rode together tricycle, multicap and jeepnis, taxi, pedicap, ferry and plane. I had support on the way and was suddenly left alone. But I had promised not to stop until all 10 patients received their first operation and they know how to get the follow up operations. (All operationa and compleat clft treatment done by NCFP). Now 5 month later all 10 patients have received their operation. One major step is done. Thank you to everyone to helped along the way. Also to the ones who had not the endurance to finish. I did learn from all of them.
Along the way I got to know patients and families very well. We shared joy and tears, laughter and sorrows. The cleft patients and families became our friends and finally our family.
My name is Jocelyn Roluna N., my husband is Wilfredo Selem N.. We have 10 children: Krystel 21, Joeffrey 19, Wendelyn 18, Jovanie 18, Jovelyn 17, Welly 15, Gerald 13, Jerome 12, Jonathan 11 and Jonas 10. Our oldest daughter graduated highschool. She is going to apply for work. She has no work experience so far, but I want her to work so she can help her brothers and sisters.
We don’t have enough money for everydays life. We live on a small island and sell the fish my husband and our sons catch. But mostly it is not enough for all of us. I have a sideline, I am a manicurist, sometimes I have service, but sometime I cannot serve because my hand cannot work for a long time. Sometimes my body and my muscles are in pain. Sometimes my in-laws have pitty on us and help but it happens only sometimes.
Most of the time we don’t have enough money. We try to save money so our kids can go to school, but it is just not enough.
This is my short story, thank you for listening and reading my story. Good day. Thank you very much. Jocelyn N.
JocelynNatividadhasdelivered10children into this world. Twosons were bornwitha cleft lipand palate, one sonwith acleft lip. As amom of10childrenJocelynis very busy. Laundry is washedby handandtakes a long timeto complete.
Iwanted to givea greatbeautyshootexperience also to the mum.The photographerAnn–Kathrin Lange andassistantMellyKießmade theshootinga very memorable one. Annkabroughtclothes thatthe women could keep.