Now if you’ve been watching the local news a few hours ago, you probably know why I’m writing about dying and living. Less than 24 hours ago, Rio Diaz–Cojuangco—probably the most noted Filipino celebrity with cancer—has finally taken her last brave steps to be with our maker. After almost six years of battling colon cancer, starting way back in December 1998, she leaves us a vivid memory of how to live life knowing that each new day is just another gift from God.
Her story is one filled with never–ending triumphs, and not just once has she been so close to losing life, only to recover again and be an inspiring surprise not just for Filipinos but other cancer–afflicted people worldwide. The past few years, she has shown us how to face great adversity with hope and never–waning faith in the Lord. That no matter how bad life seems to be, there is someone up there that continues to direct the screenplay of life, and everything is part of His great masterplan.
Today, she did not lose the battle; by accepting her fate and trusting in the Lord, it was a war she won a long, long time ago.
Our prayers are with her and her family.
Live each day like it’s your last, and don’t fear the challenges, don’t be afraid to love, and be loved in return. Learn to express your love for those around you, after all, we are all made for love. Lastly, love the struggles that rain on us, it really isn’t just about the destination, but the steps and strides in this journey called life.