On Turning 29

I turned 29 last Tuesday. While there were other places I could think of where to spend my birthday, I had to spend it at the hospital. I got my infusion on my birthday which is a blessing. Even though I had to spend my birthday at the hospital it only means that I’m blessed because I have meds to be infused. Which is truly a blessing.

All in all my birthday was great. Had lunch with all the doctors I work with. Two of my very close friends came by the hospital to join us. My favorite cousin followed in the afternoon to visit and give me a birthday cake.

I came home from the hospital at around 7:00 p.m. I was surprised to see balloons taped all over the living room. My office mates wrote on some of them. I thought that it was just that. So I looked at it, felt really nice and sat down in the living room. I started to do what I usually do when I get home from the hospital. Check my email, browse some sites.

Around 9 p.m., just before I was thinking of going off to bed, the doorbell rang. The helper opened it and my friends came into the living room, cake in hand singing happy birthday. They surprised me with a visit. My mom also had some food prepared so in hindsight, this was her doing. She and two of my good friends set it all up.

So tired as I was, we celebrated my birthday with some good food, good conversation, laughter and hours of fun spent with friends.

While all of that sounds good, the highlight of my day was the visit from my former highschool teacher who also happened to be the hospital’s chaplain. He gave me a birthday blessing. I also had a chance to catch the 6 p.m. mass.

I thank the lord for 29 wonderful years. Years spent with my family, friends and other people who made a difference. My life has been good so far. I’ve been truly blessed.

I feel old, honestly. Old because I’m also dealing with Pompe and sometimes the I think that for someone who got Pompe at the age of 10, 29 is a pretty long life. I should have died years ago but God found a way to save me. I’m thankful for that.

Over the years miracles have happened in my life to affirm God’s love. Not big miracles but small ones that you won’t notice unless you really take the time to reflect on it.

God, thanks for the 29 years. Thanks for my loving family who’s always been by my side. Thanks for friends who care a lot about me. Thanks for all the blessings you’ve given me. It’s been a great life. I’m hoping it continues for a long time.

6 Replies to “On Turning 29”

  1. Mall sings for Dickoy

    Happy Birthday to you…
    Happy Birthday to you…
    Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday….

    Happy Birthday to you…
    my dearest wonderful friend Juan.

    Thanks God for taking care of you, watching over you, keeping you stronger and healthier, loving you, etc. Thanks God that your family and friends truly support you, help you, encourage you, love you and care for you.

    Thanks God for being such a wonderful friend like you, Dickoy.

    You’re in my thoughts and prayers, my friend. May God fill you with blessings: love, joy, peace, faithfulness, strength, excellence and greatness.

    Belated Happy Birthday!

  2. Belated Happy B-day!
    Your not OLD, they say kalabaw lang ang tumatanda :).

    Btw you must be surprise to see this email. I just watched People episode online today where they feature you. You have a very positive outlook in life keep it up.

    Ingat ka,

  3. Hi Dickoy,
    belated happy birthday bro… sorry for my long silence, had to take care of husband eh. Thank GOD you’re safe and happy


  4. hi kuya dickoy..belated merry christmas,happy new year and happy birthday..im so late..i hope not..i hope your still reading this..kuya dickoy,did you know that your my idol,di ko paano to ma express,but yes,theyre true you have a very positive outlook in life,which i dont have..i just turn 23 last. jan 4.hehehe..im 23 and it feels like 30..but you know,my birthday is so simple,my granny forgot it,my friends too,yes its so sad,but its ok,after i attend my classes,i went to my friend’s home,and we cooked pancit canton,its so funny,we watched movies in cd..then i told her im so sad,they forgot my birthday,she told me,maybe they have a surprise for you,but when i reached at home,no surprise,just an ordinary days..so i just slept early,didnt mind to take my dinner..but until it reached 12pm,my mom called,shes in japan right now,but shes coming home,this coming monday..im a bit excited and scared,i saw her when i was still 13 yrs. old..and that was the first time..i just saw her in pictures..anyways,about my dad,i never saw him,they told me hes dead,but theres a feeling hes not..well anyways,i didnt bother to look for him,maybe someday hell realized i exist..

    thanks for reading my drama..hehehe..take care always..and never lose hope,i know you are strong..

    God Bless

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