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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Dream come true: Renal Support Group establishment and Best Cebu Blogs nomination

It's been more than a month since I last updated this blog. In between, our region experienced a strong earthquake and most recently one of the strongest if not, the strongest typhoon making landfall in history leaving scores dead, injured or missing not to mention the houses destroyed. But here we are standing and full of hope as a nation. We pray for our countrymen in the areas most heavily hit and we thank the volunteers, local and international as well as donors who rushed to our countrymen's aid. Thank you so much.

November was not entirely a bad month though.
ARC 1 Renal Support group (Smiling Kidneys Club)
Smiling Kidneys Club renal support group's first meeting
Last November 17 was the first meetup of a renal support group we are establishing initially within our hemodialysis unit. It is called the Smiling Kidneys Club and like any support group, it aims to be an avenue for members (patients, relatives, caregivers) to support each other or be there for each other in many ways. We are planning to have education seminars on various topics, fundraising activities as well as other events that will benefit the patients most especially. We also have an online component via Facebook group to share experiences and learn from them. I was inspired to initiate the support group after seeing online groups like the PKD Foundation as well as other support groups. It was once a dream now turning into reality. After seeing everyone's faces during the meetup, I could tell my dialysis "classmates" are excited to belong to a support group.

Another dream coming true is being selected as a finalist in the Best Cebu Blog Awards (BCBA) 2013 out of many entries this year. The selection alone inspires me to continue with my advocacy of educating fellow polycystic kidney disease (PKD) patients as well as kidney patients on hemodialysis by sharing my experiences and knowledge about kidney disease and PKD.

The Best Cebu Blog Awards "aims to recognize the existence and relevance of blogging in Cebu's local blogging scene..." Aside from recognizing the Top Ten Famous Cebu Bloggers, the BCBA awarding body are recognizing Cebu's best bloggers by niche - Technology, Personal, Food, Lifestyle and Entertainment. There will also be special wards like Yahoo's Choice, CBSi's Choice, Special Citation and Visayas Blogger's choice.

The awarding night will be on December 7, 2013 6 PM at the Avalon Building, Cebu Business Park.

Thanks to Gold sponsors like Jollibee, Greenwich Pizza and Pasta, Globe, Primary Homes along with Bronze Sponsors like Maribago Bluewater, Starbucks Philippines, Dr. Xavier G. Solis Dental Clinic, the awarding ceremonies will materialize. Gratitude also goes to Island Grill, Javders, Cebu Bloggers Society, and i-Snaps Photography.


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