It has been exactly 11 days since my last blog post. For me, that’s like not having written for years. But I can give you one major reason for this: my father, Justice Undersecretary Francisco Fontelera Baraan III, was admitted to Makati Medical Center because there was fresh blood in his stool — between two and three glasses of fresh blood.
After being admitted and after a series of tests, the doctors found a mass of malignant tumor in his colon, and said my father had to undergo immediate operation to remove the cancerous cells and to check in the biopsy the gravity of his condition.
I was in Switzerland when I heard about the news, and had to cut short my European holidays because of it. I immediately re-booked my flight back here to the Philippines because I had to make it to his colon operation (last Saturday afternoon). Thankfully, we were told that the operation was successful. Now, we’re waiting for the result of the biopsy to know if he has to undergo chemotherapy to kill the bad cells, if the stage of his cancer is beyond the 2B stage. Hopefully, it wouldn’t come to that.
To my readers and followers, I would like you to know that I shall continue blogging regularly, and will continue giving you book reviews, literary advice, and will continue sharing my thoughts and opinions on things that matter, if the result of the biopsy is positive news. Otherwise, I don’t think I’d be able to write and think properly for a long time as I have to take care of father, too.
For now, I urge you to please pray for my father’s health and speedy recovery. He is, at the moment, still convalescing at the hospital, and being given the best medical attention by the best doctors in our country. Our family had been advised that the biopsy results will be revealed a week after the operation, and I have been very anxious lately.
I do hope and pray that the test results will be good. My utmost priority now is my father’s health, so blogging and writing will have to take a backseat, in the meantime. I shall continue updating this blog regularly like I did before once everything is okay. My only request for now is that you include my father in your prayers.
Thank you so much, and may God bless us all.