God blessed me...with diabetes and all!

I consider myself truly blessed… I thank God that my family and I are safe…

September 26, 2009…the day my home city stood still. A typhoon named Ketsana battered Manila on this day. Dumping approximately 17 inches of rain in just 12 hours. The worst rainfall in 42 years. At 11 am in the morning raging water have reached 6 feet sending people panicking amidst gushing rapids, towards rooftops. Rivers overflowed…Flash floods and landslides paralyzed 80 percent of Manila

And it was just the start. Children are swept away in the rampaging flood, countless families buried in mud. As night time falls…the authorities are overwhelmed, there were so limited resources, transportation was rendered useless…and the rain has not ceased. Families are still waiting to be rescued… drenched, hungry and cold. And the government acknowledged that it is unable to deal with the calamity without urgent help.

The devastation is absolutely unprecedented...two-storey-high waters, cars piled on top of each other, scores of dead people, hundreds still missing, collapsed structures, countless properties are ruined etc. Thank God for private institutions and foreign aids. Rebuilding is now in process.

We were scheduled to go back home to Oklahoma end of this month but I preferred to stay put. At least for awhile. My husband and I volunteered our services to a local Philippine Red Cross center. We repack donated relief goods, medicines, water and clothes. I thought I could only witness these terrible scenes on a Hollywood movie or in a comic magazine. And I have viewed New Orleans’ Katrina and the Asian Tsunami as a spectator…an outsider. Today I can never take my life, family and belongings for granted ever again. God blessed me with everything I have…diabetes and all!

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Tags: Manila, blessing, calamity, diabetes, flood, landslide

Comment by Leticia on September 29, 2009 at 2:58am
Wow .. I to only experienced all those other tragedys thru Tv...But To know Someone who experienced this first hand. Teena Please be safe I am so glad you and your family survived.. I can't even began to imagine the horrors you are seeing. I have you all in my prayers and thoughts...
Comment by Robyn on September 29, 2009 at 6:18am
My heart goes out to all of the people and families and children! I am glad that you and yours are safe! I will be thinking of you, and wishing for a miracle to come along and help all those who have suffered.
Comment by Amy on September 29, 2009 at 8:58pm
Teena, I am so happy to hear that you and your family is safe. God bless you for volunteering. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Please take care.

Comment by Patti Burns on October 2, 2009 at 9:50am
Teena, I too am very happy and relieved that you are ok and for your family too. At the same time, I'm glad you are helping out too. That's what super women do, who have diabetes, we know first hand of life's unexpectancies.

Again, glad you are safe. Keep us informed, Patti
Comment by Ronnie Gregory M on October 3, 2009 at 8:14am
With all the technology advancements we have today, mother nature still wins every time, I am glad that you are okay and pray that through your cmpassion others will see and follow that same example....god bless
Comment by Jovanni de Jesus on October 3, 2009 at 6:55pm
I was so shaken when I saw all of these pandemonium on TV and on the 'Net. It was a good thing that I got home to Pampanga before the onslaught began. Help is on its way, but it is not enough. For those who have been blessed, try to share your blessings to everyone else. We need each other more than ever.

(Teena, sorry kung di ako nakapag[aramdam the past few days...medyo ngarag lang...)
Comment by Rosalee Meade on October 3, 2009 at 8:21pm
God bless you and your family for all the help you've provided.Thankfully you all are safe.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Comment by Joanne on October 3, 2009 at 10:44pm
Teena, so happy to hear you are safe. I'm sure what you have seen is both devestating and eye-opening. We take what we have for granted..... you learned the hard way that we can't do that. Its great you're helping out. My best wishes and prayers are with you and your family there and those poor people who lost everything. <3
Comment by Andreina Davila on October 5, 2009 at 12:36pm
thank you for posting this Teena, it is heartbreaking what happened and you still remind us how blessed we are.


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