KRISTINE DIANA NAVIDAD Breast Cancer Survivor
It was supposed to be one of the happiest moments in her life when cancer came to Kristine. In 2013, just three months before she was destined to wed her now husband, Kristine was given the most feared news. She was diagnosed with breast cancer, stage 3C.
Learning that her cancer was now at one of the advanced stages, she felt all kinds of fear. She was supposed to be starting her own family. She was supposed to be enjoying her wedding with the man of her dreams. She was supposed to live a long life and be a mother, a wife and be everything she longed to be. Kristine was terrified. “I thought it was the end for me,” she said.
But Kristine was beyond her meek and gentle demeanor. She found her strength in her husband and her family. It was also the time she met with the ladies of ICanServe Foundation, who now have become her sisters. It was their stories that inspired Kristine not to let cancer take over her life. She was encouraged and empowered to fight to live.
Kristine did three things that helped her conquer cancer: ask questions, pray and read the Bible. This saved her and gave her strength along with the support of all her family and friends. Kristine is now cancer-free for almost four years. The whole cancer ordeal really changed her outlook in life. “I appreciate every day, even the little things,” she said. “I don’t stress myself out over small things, unlike before. I am more grateful, more thankful.”
And she is even more thankful that after all that she suffered from cancer, God blessed her with a healthy pregnancy, and hopefully, a successful delivery since Kristine is just weeks away from giving birth to her first child. She and her sisters from ICanServe are all keen on meeting the little one in a couple of weeks.