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Issue No. 23

January-March 2006

Dedicated to the care and comfort of the dying

A Quarterly Newsletter of the Madre de Amor Hospice Foundation

Issue No. 23 January - March 2006



It was a play May Tinig and Damdamin, May Awit ang Tungkulin that stirred a chord in the hearts of the teenage students of the U.P. Rural High School in Los Baños. Deeply touched by the theme of the playthe heroism of the dying patients and the dedicated commitment of the hospice volunteers- the young high school students deprived themselves of snacks and other amenities. Instead they channeled their resources to the coffers of the Madre de Amor Hospice Foundation (see page 7 for their dedications). The generous spirit of the students responded spontaneously to the courage of the dying patients and their volunteers, awakening a sympathetic and caring cord in their young hearts. They merit our admiration and gratitude. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the epitome of selfless love in her work with the dying and the poorest of the poor once said: "The whole work is only a drop in the ocean. But if I didn't put the drop in, the ocean would be one drop less. The same thing goes for you...."

A Hospice Wedding

Although civily wedded for 40 years, it took six children and several grandchildren for Rafael and Elisa Bello to tie the knot on February 6, 2006 in Catholic rites. Diagnosed with rectal cancer, he constantly ventilated his desire to be wed in church. Thus, dedicated volunteers Lily Samaniego, Sol Romana, Mila Gonzales and Mayet Layug moved heaven and earth to secure the documents required by the church. It took several months, however, for the church authorities to respond. Since time was of essence, Reverend Monsignor James Contreras, the parish priest of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, finally agreed to administer the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, the Holy Eucharist and Matrimony in just one ceremony. Helping expedite the process was Lita Canonizado of the St. Therese Foundation, also a hospice volunteer. Jo and yours truly stood as baptismal sponsors, Mila, Mayet and Lily as confirmation sponsors and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Romana and Mila Gonzales as wedding sponsors. The simple but happy wedding reception was held at the Chowking Restaurant in Los Baños, Laguna. What a blessing it was for us to be a part of this unique and spirit filled affair. "For better or for worse. In sickness and in health. Till death do us part." - Teresita C. Gonzales Hospice Volunteer


Editorial The Wedding What's New Miscellaneous Donations/Photos . Highlights/Watch Out for For Love of Hospice

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What's New?

Madre de Amor Goes to Kuala Lumpur I attended The Palliative Care Nursing Workshop on 18-26 March 2006 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.This was made possible through the help of Dr. Ednin Hamzah of Hospis Malaysia. Rodere Mortega of the Ayala Alabang Hospice attended with me. The course consisted of lectures, demonstrations and actual home visits on various nursing topics. It was conducted by Australian nurses Cathy Mcdonnell and Joan Ryan. Most of the attendees were Malaysian doctors and nurses. We also met Sharon Dabi, a Filipina hospice care manager. Aside from acquiring knowledge, we also had an opportunity to see Kuala Lumpur, particularly the Petronas Towers and to taste spicy Malaysian cuisine. It is an experience that I will never forget. I hope to apply my newly acquired skills and knowledge in caring for our hospice patients and to share them with my fellow nurses. - Pretzel Villanueva Hospice Nurse Happy Birthday Zeny !!! It was a sunny morning on January 9 when hospice volunteer Mila Gonzales and I met at Olivarez Plaza where she bought a birthday cake for Zeny Emergo. Zeny is particularly close to me because her niece, Shirley, happens to be my friend. When she saw me with the volunteers, she was so happy and grateful that we were able to attend her 53rd birthday party. Lunch was a sumptous affair consisting of dishes Zeny had helped cook. It was a joyous affair as her family, close friends, and the hospice volunteers was there to celebrate with her. We wish Zeny happy days ahead. - Gina G. Cabrera Hospice Staff Cancer Month Celebrated at Edsa Shangrila The Philippine Cancer Society, in cooperation with the Department of Health, held the 1st Annual Summit of the Alliance for Life with the theme The Art of War Against Cancer on January 17, 2006 at the Edsa Shangrila. It was a one-day affair. Several doctors spoke on various topics all focused on practices in the never-ending battle against cancer. Our medical director Dr. Dory Ocampo, spoke on When all Seems Lost: Preserving Their Dignity and Uplifting Morale the HospiceCare Way. Doctors from the government and private sectors were represented, as well as cancer support groups, and cancer patients from all over the region. Volunteers and staff of the Madre de Amor Foundation attended the affair. During the lunch break, there was a raffle draw and Nida Javier won a basket of fruits. In the group game, Gina Cabrera was one of the winners. The Big C magazine raffled off some of their magazines and Lily Samaniego and Angie Vergara won. It was a heart­warming occasion where doctors, cancer survivors, and volunteers mingled with one goal in mind: To fight the battle against cancer!!! - Daphne G. Tallada Hospice Volunteer Lakbay Dasal Kwaresma! Bilang paghahanda sa Banal ng Linggo na ipinagdidiwang natin taon-taon, ang Calamba Hospice Volunteers ay nag-Daang Krus, kasama ang ilang pasyente na malalakas pa. Kasama rin nila si Father Model " Odel" priest ng Bagaa, Cabuyao kasama ang kanyang sakristan at kaibigan na si Joel. Ang mga volunteers ay sina Nida Javier, Lilian Cheng, Etta Torres, at Daphne Tallada. Ang pasyente naman ay sina Ligaya Himpisao, Carmelita Bartolay, Jovita dela Torre, Estolano

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Hospice Day Unit Launched


On February 24, 2006, our hospice lauched the Hospice Day Unit. The concept is similar to a day care center, in the sense that patients are brought to the Unit for the day and they are asked to participate in designated activities. This project has been explored a few years ago after we saw it being done in Hospice Singapore, but decided to discontinue it after a few months.With the increasing needs of our patients, we have decided to reopen the day unit. The objectives of this unit are: to enable patients to receive attention on all aspects of their illness and suffering · to receive physiotherapy, as well as occupational, music, and art therapy · to meet with others in similar situations as themselves in a friendly non-clinical environment. ·

Last February 24, we held a Day Unit activity. Eleven patients came to the Unit. Julie Aguerro, a hairstylist, whose father was our hospice patient, came and gave our patients a short lecture on haircutting and styling. She then gave free haircuts to our patients. Later that day, patients in need of medical check-ups were also given one. All in all, we had a fun-filled and fruitful day. The second Day Unit activity was Corsage Making given by Ms. Tess Villaluz last March 24. The activities lined up for the succeeding months are tai-chi and baking. See you at our Hospice Day Unit! - Rhodora dR. Ocampo Medical Director

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at ang natatanging binata na si Remcon Beloso, kasama rin ang mga nurses na sina Pretzel at Cris. Nagsimula ang Daang Krus sa simbahan ng St. Peter and Paul ng Aplaya Calamba, City at nagtapos sa simbahan ng Missionary Sisters of Charity na itinatag ni Mother Teresa sa Tagaytay City. Nananghalian ang grupo sa Canossa Retreat House sa Tagaytay. Nasaling ang damdamin ni Madre Superiora Elsa Cosico, ng malaman na ang dumalaw sa kanya ay may cancer din. Nagbigay siya ng munting mensahe, " Ang Mundo ay Tahanan ng Diyos!". Nagtuloy pasyal naman bandang hapon ang buong grupo sa Tagaytay Park in the Sky. Wiling-wili ang lahat lalo na ang mga pasyente dahil ito pala ang kauna-unahang pagkakataon na makarating sila sa lugar na iyon. Nalimutang sandali ang mga sakit na kanilang dinadala at di pansin ang pagod sa pagakyat sa medyo mataas-taas ding kinalalagyan ng park. Umuwing lubos na kasiyahan ang nadama ng lahat, nangangarap na.... sana maulit muli sa susunod na taon ang mga pangyayaring ito. Nakapagbitiw nga si Carmelita Bartolay na, "Kahit mamatay na ako, naabot ko na ang napakagandang lugar na ito"! Sa aming pananaw, sana nakapagbigay kami ng di lamang kasiyahan kundi pati ang kalakip na panalangin sa paglalakbay na ito! - Daphne G. Tallada Hospice Volunteer (Ang Lakbay Dasal ay ginagawa taon-taon ng grupo ng Calamba hospice volunteers kasama ang mga pasyente nila) Salamat Hospice February 20, 2004 ng ako ay madiagnose na may Nasopharyngeal Cancer (NPCA). Nangailangan ako ng pera para sa chemo at cobalt sa Philippine General Hospital at dahil sa kahirapan ay hindi ko nakumpleto ang gamutan. Ipinaubaya ko na lang ang aking kapalaran kay Lord. Napakaraming hirap ang dinanas ko kahit ako ay nakapagtrabaho sa ibang bansa at ang lahat ay pinilit kong malampasan sa tulong ng Poong Maykapal. June 7, 2004 ng mapasok sa Hospice, laking pasasalamat ko sa tulong na ibinibigay sa akin. Regular akong dinadalaw ng hospice nurse at volunteers na sina Brother Tonying at Sister Nena Bustrillos. Ang patuloy na supply ng morphine ay napakalaking alwan sa aking buhay, ang mga panalangin na ibinabahagi ay hinding hindi ko makakalimutan. Maraming-maraming salamat sa mga taong walang sawang tumutulong sa katulad kong may karamdaman. Salamat, maraming salamat Hospice! - Jesus Indico NPCA patient (Mang Jesus has been enrolled in our hospice since June 7, 2004. He is pain free, still very active and joins activities at the center).

Salaysay ng Isang Ama Si Marisol o Sol ay panganay sa apat na magkakapatid na may tatlong babae at isang lalaki. Nasa 1st year high school siya noon (13 años ng mapansin ng magulang ang kanyang pamamayat at labis na panunuyo ng mga labi). Dinala namin sya sa albularyo, at walang nakitang diperensya. Nang dalhin sa doctor ay di makita ang sanhi ng pamamayat. Maging sa paaralan ay napansin ang paninilaw ng kanyang balat. Buwan ng Agosto 2005, sa tulong ng isang madre sa Barangay Looc, Calamba City ay nadala si Sol sa Philippine General Hospital at na-confine doon. Dalawang buwan at kalahati siya sa ospital nang nalaman na siya ay may bukol sa atay . Maging ang kanyang mga mata ay naninilaw na din. Nang siya ay mailabas sa PGH, wala siyang naramdaman na sakit. Naging normal siya tulad ng ibang bata, mahilig mamasyal at tinutulungan pa ang mga kapatid sa paggawa ng assignment. Tuwing Martes, dinadalaw si Sol ng mga hospice volunteers at nurses. Tinutulungan silang palakasin ang loob ng aking pamilya at tanggapin ang kalagayan ni Sol. Napayuhan pa kami na dadalhan ng pari si Sol at mapahiran na rin ng santo olio. Binigyan ni Lilian Cheng ng brown scapular ang bata at madalas nitong suot. December 16, 2005 naimbitahan kami sa Christmas Party ng hospice na labis na ikinatuwa ni Sol. Kahit na nanghihina ang anak ko ay dumalo kaming mag-ama kasama ang dalawang pinsan at tiyahin. January 2006 bagong taon, masaya pa rin siya, nakikipaglaro sa mga kapatid at nakakapagsimba pa kami. Unti-unting nanghihina siya. Nang pumayag na kami na madalhan siya ng pari, ganoon na lamang ang pagbabalik sigla niya at nanibagong muli na ikinatuwa naming lahat. Dumating ang kaarawan niya noong January 5. Nagkaroon kami ng munting salu-salo. Nagdala si Lillian ng cake at balut na paborito niya. Nagdala naman ng ice cream si Daphne. Dumalo din ang ibang volunteers na sina Emy at Etta. Dumating din ang mga teachers at classmates niya na may kanya-kanyang regalo. Naging dalawang araw ang celebration niya. Nagpakita naman ng lubos na kasiglahan si Sol na wari'y walang karamdaman. Paglipas ng ilang araw, muli siyang nanghina. Siya ay nahiga na lamang hanggang sa kanyang pagpanaw noong January 14, 2006. Noong siya'y nililinis upang ihanda sa pagburol, kinuha ko kay Sol ang kwintas na Scapular na suot niya. Nang ako ay naligo, naiwanan kong nakasabit ang scapular sa banyo. Binalikan ko ito subalit hindi ko na makita! Tinanong ko ang aking kasambahay subalit walang isa man sa kanila ang nakakita nito. Makaraan ang dalawang araw, nakita ng asawa ko na nakasabit sa aking leeg ang scapular!!! Hindi namin maipaliwanag ang pangyayari.

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Mananatiling buhay ang alaala ni Sol sa aming pamilya. Sa tulong ng Maykapal, malalampasan namin ang hapdi ng nakaraan. Nagpapasalamat kami sa Madre de Amor Hospice Foundation lalo na sa mga nurses at volunteers na naki-isa sa amin sa pagkakasakit ng aming anak. Hindi namin malilimutan ang mga ginawa nilang pagdalaw linggo-linggo. -Larry Tabale, ama ni Sol (Isinalaysay kay Daphne Tallada)


Herbal Plants When I worked for UPCCHP in Bay, Laguna, I had a chance to join the National Integrated Research Program on Medicinal Plants. I was able to travel from Aparri to Jolo to interview herbolarios. We had to know the plants that they are using for their patients. We noted down the plants they used for different ailments. After collecting the reports, we also collected some plants used by the herbolarios. We then brought the reports and sample plants for clinical testing. We also planted some of these plants in UPLB. We brought sample plants, including the reports, to the College of Pharmacology. Dr. Nelia Cortes Maramba did the clinical trials, assisted by Dr. Isidro Sia and Dr. Romeo Quijano. They tested the plants in accordance with their reported uses to determine their effectivity. At first, they did simple decoctions and plasters. They were able to list down the following clinically tested medicinal plants: Plant Lagundi Yerba Buena Tsaang Gubat Niyug-niyogan Akapulko Use asthma, cough pain reliever stomach ache ascariasis fungal skin disease like anan, buni, alipunga, galis ng aso . cleaning wounds, mouth gargle lower uric acid and gout diabetes mellitus -Encarnacion Q. Saraos Hospice Volunteer

Note: Ms. Saraos is a licensed pharmacist and worked with the National Integrated Research Program on Medicinal Plants when she was with the UP Comprehensive Community Health Program from 1964 to 1980. Manang Carning at 85 years is our most senior and active volunteer.

Thoughts for Lent

Excerpts from the talk of Reverend Father Fred Mislang on the The Unconditional Love of Jesus Christ (held on February 17, 2006 at the Madre de Amor Hospice Center): Even if ... 1. you lost everything, Someone, Jesus, needs your love 2. you failed in life, somewhere, Someone cares 3. you are ridiculed and rejected, Someone accepts you, all of you 4. you failed in love, Someone will encourage you to try again 5. life has been unfair, Someone will treasure who you are 6. you are poor and feel trapped, Someone will fill the void and free you 7. your security is threatened, Someone will defend and protect you. 8. you are grief-stricken, Someone will comfort you 9. you are dying, Someone gives you life now, and later eternal life 10. your family and friends fail, Jesus' love never fails 11. your church lets you down, Someone lifts you up 12. everything seems to fall apart, Someone holds the fort for you 13. sometimes you can't make it on your own, Someone will help you 14. you are your own worst enemy, Someone loves you as you are 15. you feel abandoned even by God, Christ will be there for you at all times. "I will be with you all days till the end of time." Mt. 28

Bayabas Ulasimanbato Ampalaya

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January to March 2006

Individuals 1. Naty Saludo 2. Dimples Canlas 3. Eleonor Atienza 4. Emma Belmonte 5. Connie Mesina 6. Cely Ocaya 7. Edith Rosales 8. Nenie Juan 9. Emmy Esperia 10. Narz Santos 11. Precy Pajela 12. Susan Perez 13. Maria Lisa Ang Santo 14. Frence Love Doña 15. Michelle Perez 16. Carole Caparros 17. Encarnacion Bueno 18. Dr. Val Argañosa/Mila Tan 19. Celso de Juras Corporation/Organization/Others 1. UPRHS- Freshmen 2. Publicis Manila Inc. 3. DMI- Parañaque 4. MarketLink 5. Mundi Pharma Equipment/Medicines/Others 1. Garfil Family 2. Francisco Galo 3. Nasaria Domingo 4. Rhea Hernandez 5. Jasmin Ugaban 6. Susan Perez 7. Naty Saludo 8. Elizabeth Cadena 9. Trelly Jamias 10. Apol Villanueva 11. Lance Martinez 12. Melody Padua 13. Nida Javier 14. Zoila Pizon 15. Fermin Adriano 16. Marites Saito 17. Alice Capiral 18. Jana Clarice Ocampo 19. Julia Daphne Ocampo 20. Sandrine Lafarge 21. Macci Teodoro 22. Maryann Ambrocio 23. Julie Sison 24. Lily Madamba 25. Eric Enriquez and Family 26. Cora Aquilar 27. Girlie Bose 28. Ruth Villareal 29. Swanee Aquino


Wedding of Rafael and Elisa at the St. Therese Chapel

Zeny's birthday party held at her residence in Bay, Laguna

Marisol Tabale with other kids at the 2005 Hospice Christmas Party

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Watch Out for:

Hospice Activities April to June 2006

Schedule April 21 25 May 12 19 26 26 31

Day Unit Activity: Corsage Making


Day Unit Activity: Tai Chi Volunteers' Summer Outing

Day Unit Activity: Home Baking Recollection Resurrection Summer Raffle Draw Rummage Sale

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Bingo Social Day Unit Activity: Trinkets Making


January-March 2006

Janaury 17 Janaury 18-23 January 24 February 15 February 24 February 28

March 3 March 17 March 18 March 24 March 31

Alliance for Life, Edsa Shangrila Palliative Care Nursing Workshop at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Planning Workshop for 2006 at Avic's Residence Opening of Hospice Clinic/Office at CMC, Calamba Hospice Day Unit Launching 25th Volunteer's Training of DMI Parañaque. There were 42 new volunteers Photo-shoot of Hospice for Big C magazine Volunteer's Refresher's Course conducted by Dr. Dory Ocampo Taping -Straight on 8 (Community Cable Vision Corp.) Day Care Activity-corsage making by Tess Villaluz Rummage Sale at Farmacia Amiga

Teresita C. Gonzales Editor Virgima D.Tolentino Associate Editor Rhodora del Rosario-Ocampo, MD Assistant Editor

Sharing Hospice is a quarterly publication of the Madre de Amor Hospice Foundation Telephone No. (049) 536-0644

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