This is my official entry to LEVY’s contest.
According to dictionary.com, “levitate” means “to rise or cause to rise and float in the air, without visible agency, attributed, esp formerly, to supernatural causes.” Whoa, that’s a bit scary! Well, I don’t levitate, I don’t know how to levitate, and I don’t intend to learn how to levitate, but I’m joining Levy’s LEVYTATE contest, which I knows means something positive. “Levytate” here means being on cloud 9 or being in a state of blissful happiness. Now, that’s something I want and something I have personally experienced.
First, here’s my jump shot, one of the requirements of Levy’s contest.
Now, for the Q & A part: “What are the things/situations that would make you feel like levitating?”
I’ve written in my previous posts about the family crisis we had last year. Nanay, my mother, was diagnosed with coronary artery disease with 80 to 90% of her heart blocked, and she needed an open-heart surgery asap or she might suffer a heart attack anytime. The cheapest medical package we got from the Philippine Heart Center was a little more than Php400.000.00, but that was still too big an amount for us to shoulder. We almost gave up hope and was close to accepting the fact that Nanay could die anytime because we couldn’t afford the operation.
But God was good to us. We started emailing family, friends, office mates, our bosses and church mates for financial assistance! Monetary donations started trickling in. Every day since then was a countdown to save our Nanay’s life, and every day we gave updates to our Tatay of how much money came in and how much more we needed to raise for Nanay’s surgery. When we finally told Tatay that we might be able to raise the needed amount after all, he cried. That was the first time in all of my 30+ years that I’ve seen my father cry.
We were all praying for a miracle, and what we prayed for was given to us! The generosity of all these wonderful people amounted to more than Php200,000.00. We couldn’t believe what was happening! We had to take out a loan for the rest of the money that was needed for Nanay’s surgery, and finally on June 9, 2010, Nanay underwent quadruple bypass surgery at the Philippine Heart Center.
Today, our Nanay is so alive and kicking, although she still battles with diabetes, but the worst part is over and that’s because of God’s mercy and the goodness of the people who helped us during our time of need. God’s miracle in our lives and the goodness of the human heart were more than enough reasons for all of us to “levytate!”