BY RICKY MONTECILLO
July 14, 2016
I really have to write about this and share Tina’s story to as much people as we can. There is a compelling reason to proclaim the amazing things happening to us one year since my wife’s spinal cord operation back in July 7, 2015.
As some of you may know, our family went through a rough and sad time when sometime in June last year my dear wife Tina was diagnosed to have tumour inside her spinal cord. Yes, you read it right, inside her spinal cord. Her initial MRI showed the tumour may have been malignant.
I wrote about this sad yet inspiring story last July 1 and the article just went viral! I started this blog last month and the “SADDEST TIME OF MY LIFE” was just my 8th article. My children have been urging me to write about Tina’s ordeal and I decided to do so in time for the one-year anniversary of her spine operation.
The morning after I published the story I told my son Paolo, “Look Pao, I’ve had more than a thousand views already!” That was already so much more than the normal traffic I get from my previous articles. From then on, my phone kept on alerting me on new comments and the number of views kept on rising by the minute. That day alone, July 2, there were already more than 300,000 views and hundreds of comments!
As of today, there are about 460,000 views of the story and most comments expressed praises upon us and so many were inspired and praised God! Many readers told us of their own ordeals and how the story inspired them and gave them hope. We are just so overwhelmed and humbled that our story touched thousands of hearts! It’s a great feeling!
That was a Saturday and we were going out to dinner with Paolo and his lovely wife Danee in this new place in Molito Alabang. I kidded Tina to prepare to be mobbed by would-be fans, owing to the viral post.
So, there we were waiting for our table in Brera Delicatessen when this foreigner approached us, his name is Allen and he runs the place. “Wait” he said, “I know you guys. You’re the ones in the story my wife sent me! So how are you doing Tina?” Allen said as he showed us his phone and the Facebook post of our blog.
We were so amazed. It happened. A total stranger recognized us because of the story. “Pick a wine you like, on me!” he said. And we were so thrilled and happy.
Tina’s ordeal and the miracle of her healing has moved thousands.
Unknown to most, Tina was getting anxious the past few weeks because she was due for her next MRI test on July 5. It is part of her post operation program to have a regular MRI to have a baseline and monitor the status of what remained of the tumour inside her spinal cord. Has the tumour grown? Did it remain the same? Is she safe and healed already?
Every morning, you’d see her pray the Divine Mercy Novena and then say the rosary. During her last MRI in January, Dr. Mercado was very happy to tell us that the tumour was very insignificant and that Tina was recovering marvellously. Six months since then, she had another MRI. After the tests, the nurse asked “Ma’m gusto nyo’ email namin yun results?” to which both of us said no thank you. We didn’t like to see the results without the doctor.
Last Sunday, Tina insisted that we hear Mass at the St. Padre Pio Shrine in Batangas. It was raining and the traffic going into the shrine was heavy. We had to park outside and walk a bit to make it. Tina was solemn and prayed profusely.
Yesterday, July 13, we went to see Dr. Mercado in his clinic in Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital. Upon seeing her, Paul the secretary told Tina that they had read the article in Facebook and that all the other doctors, Dr. Mercado, Dr. Gimenez and Dr. Rañoa were very pleased and thankful for the blog.
We were there to hear what Dr. Mercado had to say about Tina’s latest MRI. Tina went inside the clinic ahead of me because the parking in Cardinal is impossible. By the time I entered the room of Dr. Mercado they had already discussed the results of the MRI.
What I heard was unbelievable and until now, I am still trying to absorb the information.
Dr. Mercado explained to me what he had earlier told Tina. I was all ears. The MRI results were posted in the wall with white back lights. They were the old ones and the latest ones. This he said is another “miracle!”. “What is it that you guys do? What do you have?” Dr. Mercado exclaimed.
“In my 37 years in practice, I’ve seen many things but I do not see something like this often.” He then pointed to the MRI slides. “The tumour is gone! It is gone!” I remember trembling a bit and teared up while I listened intently. I held the hand of Tina who looked so relieved and astonished.
Dr. Mercado was very emphatic and sentimental. He even requested us to leave the MRI slides for at least one day because he wanted to show them to his colleagues. He continued to tell us that whatever it is you’re doing, please continue doing it. He was visibly elated and excited. This is a “another miracle in the making!” he proclaimed.
When you hear a veteran doctor, a neurosurgeon at that, proclaim a miracle then it gives so much credibility and deep meaning. Tina’s tumour is gone! “Where did it go?” she asked. “We don’t know” Dr. Mercado said. “Pass by the chapel, say thank you and in whatever way you can, pay it forward to others.” he told us.
Hallelujah! It is God’s Miracle!