Last April, she suffered from abdominal pain and digestive complications. Though her grandmother died of ascending colon cancer at the age of 39, she never imagined she would develop a similar condition. Yet, at the age of 35, she was diagnosed with the same disease, while looking after her 17-month-old son. It was for her little boy that she found the strength to battle cancer – and won. Her ordeal lasted a whole year. Now 37 and cured, she supports young people diagnosed with cancer by sharing her story and encourages them to stay strong and to follow their treatment regimes. “I was still young when I learnt I had cancer. I could not bear the thought of leaving my infant son at such a young age. My husband was away. I finally plucked up the courage to fight the disease thanks to my son,” said Ma Ohnmar Win. A survivor’s story In April 2018, Ma Ohnmar started to feel abdominal pain after eating. Hoping it was benign she consulted the … [Read more...] about Surviving cancer and moving forward
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She was a housewife who found herself at 40, the wife of a political prisoner; at 50, the widow of a martyr; and at 53, the first woman President of the Philippines. Corazon Cojuangco Aquino had won many battles in her lifetime — including at least seven coup attempts — but lost the last, and perhaps most physically bruising of all, the fight against colon cancer. Two days from now, on Aug. 1, it would have been 10 years since the “Icon of Democracy,” the Filipino “Joan of Arc” and Time “Woman of the Year” 1986, breathed her last. She was 76. “She was a simple and humble person, satisfied to stay in the sidelines,” her grandson Kiko Aquino Dee wrote in 2009. “But when people called her, she answered. I think that is the defining trait of any good leader, to have the courage to truly answer the call and serve the people.” Through it all, she was a woman of sturdy faith. In his homily at her funeral Mass at the … [Read more...] about Remembering Cory, 10 years later
As a relatively new father, I feel I don’t have much to contribute to the conversation. I feel terribly unqualified. I lack experience. My son was only born in late 2017. I also feel I have bad paternal instincts. I don’t know how to calm my one-year old son when he is crying. I don’t know how to hold his attention during teaching moments. I don’t know how to stop him from watching too many videos. I don’t know how to get him back on healthy food after treats from well meaning loved ones. I don’t know how to get him to quiet down in Sunday Church. The little guy has me helpless. Should I be celebrated as a father this year? More on fathers: My father died a few weeks back but I still haven't cried How to forgive the most important man in your life This former drug addict who attempted to kill his family now ministers tokhang surrenderees Kidlat Tahimik: the duwendes and contradictions of a National Artist My loving wife is quite supportive. She … [Read more...] about What does it mean to be a new father in 2019?
Can eating rice prevent obesity? Contrary to the stigma against carbs’ effect on good health, a recent study using data from over 130 countries concluded that eating more rice might protect against obesity. You are what you eat, as the old adage goes. While this figure of speech can be interpreted many different ways, science actually backs this one up. The western and eastern diets are very different. Each nation and region has their own delicacies and specialties, but one commonality among most countries in Europe versus Asia is our staple carbs. They eat mostly potatoes, wheat or corn, while we eat mostly rice. Rice is typically served with all main meals across most Asian households. In fact, rice is such an important part of meals in China that fan, the word for rice, is included in breakfast, lunch and dinner. What are the implications of this? Contrary to the stigma against carbs’ effect on good health, a recent study using data from … [Read more...] about Can eating rice prevent obesity?