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Isang Proud Anak ng magsasaka, ganap na Doktor ngayon: Thank you for your love and sacrifices

Arenz Jade C. Docdocil

Hindi kailanman hadlang ang kahirapan sa pagkamit ng isang matamis na Tagumpay!

Ito ang pinanghahawakan ng isang pursigido at puno ng determinasyon na Anak sa kanyang paglalakbay at hindi pagsuko sa kahit ano pang hirap ng buhay upang tuluyang masungkit at mapagtagumpayan ang minimithing pangarap, hindi lang para sa sarili ngunit pagbibigay pugay at tagumpay sa lahat ng sakripisyo at suporta mula sa kanyang mga magulang.

Isang tunay na inspirasyon ang naging kwento ng buhay ni Arenz Jade C. Docdocil, pinatunayan niyang hindi isang sukatan ang kahit ano pang estado ng buhay upang gawing posible ang mga bagay na sa tingin mo'y mahirap abutin.

Aminado man si Docdocil na nag-aalangan rin sa umpisa ang kanyang mga mga magulang sa plano niyang mag-aral ng medisina dahil sa hindi biro ang mga maaring gagastusin para dito at baka hindi nila makayanang tustusan ang mga pangangailangan dahil ang tanging inaasahan lamang nila na hanapbuhay ay pinagkakakitaan ay ang pagsasaka.

Ang pagsasaka | Isang paglalarawan lamang

Ganunpaman, ipinagpatuloy niya pa rin ito sa tulong ng kakaunting kita ng kanyang mga magulang sa pagsasaka at ang kanyang natatanggap na tulong pinansyal bilang isang iskolar sa pinapasukang Unibersidad.

Lubos niyang ipanagpapasalamat sa lahat ang walang humpay na suporta at pagmamahal ng kanyang mga magulang at pamilya na naging tulay niya upang magtagumpay ay ngayo'y ganap ng isang Doktor.

Ito ang kanyang buong post:

"Wala gid mabilin sa aton kung tumanon mo ang handom mo mag-doctor, pati ido naton nga kagiron ibaligya ta gid para lang sa imo."

This is just one of the usual responses I hear from my mother when I talk about my plans of entering medical school. My dream of becoming a doctor was always being discouraged by my parents considering our family's financial capacity. My parents are both farmers, cultivating a small piece of land as our family's sole source of income. To grant my dream and send me to a medical school seemed impossible to them. I may be able to enter medschool but I might be forced to stop in the middle because my parents will probably run out of resources to support me.

Since I am stubborn and strong-willed, I still made a try, took my NMAT and applied in Mindanao State University – College of Medicine, the country's most affordable medical school and the one exactly suited for me and for my parents' pockets. What I made myself believe during application was: If para ni sa akon, ti para gid ni sa akon ang magdoctor eh. And I was fortunate I was admitted. Hambal ko gid para ni sa akon. My parents cannot disagree anymore about me finally going to medschool since I found my way to achieve what I want.

Tuition in MSU-COM is minimal but the medschool way of living is very costly. Every week that passed by was a challenge for my parents to overcome. I am at least lucky that my family is very supportive to provide me my needs by exhausting all means available. My only safety net when my medical education gets more financially demanding was the words of my grandfather in his deathbed eight years ago –he told my mother: "Inday, si Toto indi kabalo manguma. Kung handom niya nga mag-doctor, indi kamo magduha-duha nga ibaligya ang akon basakan kag ipaeskwela sa iya". Though my grandfather died already several years ago, his love and dreams for me still lives up to this moment. I would not have been able to survive my medschool journey if not because of his promise.

Despite all the aids given to support me and my education, including scholarship grant, my family still had a lot of sacrifices. It's unfathomable how my parents survived the times when they have nothing left in their pockets. 

I can't imagine how much pain my mother had to endure from her adenomyosis and choose not to have her surgery just so she can still send the money intended for me. I can't imagine how much heat from the sun my father had to endure to do farmwork all by himself and not spend money for other important things just so he can save it up and send it to me. I can't also imagine the sacrifices of my grandmother despite her old age just to help save up for my needs.

You need money to survive medical school. It is an expensive endeavor. But based on my experience, my parents have provided me with something that is worth more than money. I have been showered with love and unending support. I know that their responsibilities to me were adequately served when they made me finish college. But letting me go to medschool and sacrifice a lot more is love that is truly unconditional. And for that I am forever grateful.

Getting near the end of this cost-demanding journey, I can't hold my emotions to be seeing my parents and the rest of my family reap the fruits of their sacrifices and be given tribute on my graduation day. But unfortunately, COVID-19 happened...

Just like all the other graduates of 2020, I am very sad that the day we have been looking forward after 4 years of struggle is postponed indefinitely. But I am sadder for my parents who, months before graduation day, were able to prepare their barong and filipiniana. They were so excited for the day they will be witnessing the biggest investment of their lives wear the highly coveted three-striped toga, marching up the stage, and receive the diploma of a Doctor of Medicine. Yet, this pandemic robbed that memorable experience from them.

To my parents and the rest of my family, thank you for your love, for trusting in my potentials, and for all the sacrifices. Mas proud ako sa inyo nga nakaya ta nga mag-doctor ako, bisan pigado lang kita.

To my grandfather in heaven, Tatay, I am now close to achieving your dreams for me.

To my love Kim Kwan, the last two difficult years of my medschool was more bearable with you. Thank you for the joy you give me, for being so caring and supportive, and for the love and affection.

To Mindanao State University – College of Medicine, the home of my dreams, thank you for making it possible for me. To our mentors, thank you very much for all the knowledge you have imparted and for inspiring us.

To those who also have dreams yet are limited by financial constraints, a plethora of ways are always there to make your dreams come true.

Above all, thank you Father God for the answers to my prayers and for giving me this opportunity.

Doctor of Medicine
MSU-College of Medicine
Batch 2020 (Class Pinagpala)
First Honorable Mention 


Source:  Arenz Jade Docdocil

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