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Introduction : Why I wrote this book
PART I: Help Heal with Hope
"What's happening to me?"
A Survivor Meets Her Match?
Scare The Fear Away With Hope
Choose to be a Tigger, Not an Eeyore
The Caretaker's Role
Your Own Worst Enemy
The Power Of Words
No Such Thing as "False Hope"
Doctors Who Dispense Hope
Big Hope against the Big "C"
PART 2: Help heal with Encouragement
Encouragement From Friends And Family
Creating A Healing Hospital Room
Sights, Sounds, And Smells That Encourage
The Healing "FASTFOODD" Diet
Let Bitterness Go
The eart of Healing
16 Laugh Your Way To Healing
18 Purpose and Inspiration
19 Peace In His Hands
20 Thanksgiving Is A Healing Balm
21 Look For Stories Of Healing
22 Faith: Your Role In Healing
PART 3: Help heal with Love
23 CHAPTER 23: Show Me The Love!
24 CHAPTER 24: In Sickness And In Health
25 CHAPTER 25: Where Is The Love?
26 CHAPTER 26: The Blessings Of Illness
PART 4: Help heal with Prayer
27 Falling Down On My Knees
28 Prayer Of The Broken Hearted
29 Ask Friends To Pray
31 Miracle In Room 707
32 Dreams And Visions
33 Healing That Lasts Forever
Appendix 1: Directory of support groups and
Appendix 2: Movies that Inspire
Appendix 3: Books That Help
I CAN'T BELIEVE that this book is finally ready for its birth.
Today is May 3, 2008 as I write this page. I surveyed my
prayer journals this morning. I've been talking about writing
and finishing this book since late 2001, a year after Tingting
was healed. I guess seven years after is the perfect time. At a
Christmas party of lupus patients and survivors at the Univer-
sity of Sto. Tomas hospital auditorium, I heard a speaker say
that a lupus survivor is a real "survivor" if he or she gets to the
seven-year mark without a major flare-up. So thank you Lord
once again for keeping my wife lupus-free and healthy for the
past eight years.
Thank you to my Tingting for being so ferocious in taking
care of this healing gift by looking after herself (on top of
looking after me). She looks so magnificent and beautiful as
I write this. She also helped edit and proofread this book.
Thanks, my Swato, for sacrificing so many Saturday dates with
me so that I could finish this book. (Thanks also to Manay Nita
for taking care of her and our needs.)
Thank you to my Mom for the encouragement and the
"unhealthy" but lovingly made chicharon that I would some-
times eat while writing this book. Thanks to my Dad. I remem-
ber the discipline that he puts into writing books and I just
copied him. Thanks for modeling the way for me, Dad.
Thank you to OMF Literature, Inc. Thanks to Mon Rocha,
then CEO, who eagerly said "yes" to the manuscript. Thank
you to my editor, Ian Magallona, who reorganize the book to its
The eart of Healing
current format -- which I think works better than the last.
Thanks to my staff and team at Salt & Light Ventures who
looked after the shop while I took off chunks of time to write
and rewrite this book.
I praise God for everyone who had a hand in getting this
My life verse as a writer:
That I may publish
with the voice of thanksgiving,
and tell of all thy wondrous works.
PSALM 26:7 (KJV)
This book is dedicated to
Our Healer, the Great Physician,
"Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed;
save me and I will be saved,
for you are the one I praise."
- JEREMIAH 17:14
To all the people whom God used to bring healing to my wife,
Tingting, thank you.
To my family - especially my Mom (Corrie), my Dad (Ned), and my
sisters - Sharon, Elaine, and Cherry. To Chava, our goddaughter
whom we love like our own and her mom, my sister -in-law
Chilet, yaya Edna, Ate Teofs+, Kuya Jing, Mark, Abigail, and
Our friends, especially - Carol & Nando Roa, Ricky & Mila Samson,
Alex & Lelo Castillo, Maysie Yuzon & Family, the Dimarumba,
Lastrilla, Oliva, Legaspi, and Ramirez families,
CCF & BFH Christian Fellowships, the Symmetry family, Doctors--
Mark Crapo, Gwen So, Vilma Co, Paul Tan, Bertie Santos-
Ocampo, Becky Singson, Regina Liboro, Edna Lao--nurses,
hospital and clinic staff (esp. my Ninong, Ashok Nath of the
MMC) and all the people who visited, prayed, sang praise songs,
wrote letters and cards, gave gifts of flowers, freshly baked bread,
paella, adobo, and soul-lifting stuff like ube ice cream to my wife
and me during the most difficult time in our lives.
Thank you for all the
that you gave to us!
We praise and thank God for bringing all of you into our lives.