KRIS­TINE DIANA NAVI­DAD Breast Cancer Sur­vivor

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - People -

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.

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