It has been a year and a half since I got diagnosed as an autoimmune patient. During this time, I’ve experienced a lot of ups and downs, physically and emotionally, as I expected to do so coming back to “normal life” after being sick. I am lucky to be surrounded by family and friends that have been the most supportive. I am lucky to have been supplied all the help–doctors, medication, books, guidance, you name it. Everything I need to get better, I got. And the fact that things seem to have gone back to normal for me is something I am forever grateful for. God has truly been the greatest guide and teacher, and it is through Him and what He has provided for me that I am where I am today.
We were celebrating 11 years together (12 if you include our first year high school totoy love affair). Anton and I were stressed that week. It was the second week of December 2019, which meant for me that there was much to be rushed before the company-wide holiday shutdown, and for Anton, a string of construction problems he had to deal with, which was normal in his line of work.
Like many years before, an anniversary to me was always an opportunity to pop the question. Who wouldn’t have that in mind, when you’ve been together for several years? The 2019 anniversary was no different. But just like the previous years, there were also no signs of it possibly happening.
This post is for whoever might need it. I’ve been going through CVs and portfolios of applicants for about 7 years. I’m not part of the HR department, nor have I taken anything related to HR, but from my experience, I still feel like I can share some insights based on what I’ve learned and seen from scanning a bunch of applications for companies in the creative industry (film/video production, digital marketing).
Exactly today last year, I got my first horrifying blood test results. It has been a year. I always go back to the experience because it was a defining moment in my life—so much so that I’ve clung on to it, afraid of the thought of going back to who I was pre-disease.
I always tell people, “God is so good—He made my sickness long enough for me to learn, but short enough so that I could get back on my feet again.” One year later, I can say that it had to happen, and that it was a blessing I didn’t know I needed.
The other week I joined the Power Mac #NoExcuses contest and was challenged to share a 3-minute video of my fitness journey. They had a mini awarding over the weekend, and I’m glad to have been chosen as one of the winners and got to win some really amazing prizes. To see more of the entries of the contest, you can watch them here.
Shot during training at Focus Athletics with my strength and mobility coach, Jaako Bernardo.
To those who still need a little push or are thinking of ways to start getting fit, here are some tips that will get you to make time to workout (or get anything you’ve ever thought of doing, done).