The year 1998 was a turning point in my life. I underwent thyroidectomy. There was a nodule in my right thyroid and while it turned out benign, there was a complication following my surgery. My right vocal cord was paralyzed and I started to lose my voice. I went to all the ENT specialists and they all had the same diagnosis. There was no cure. It would take six to eight months for my voice to come back and all I could do was wait.
I was not as prayerful then but on bended knees, I turned to Mama Mary (the mother of Jesus in the Christian tradition). I did not ask her “Why me?” Rather, I asked her “Why?” Immediately the answer that came to me was “Nadine, be still. Be quiet, literally and otherwise. When will you ever stop?”
I was at the height of my career in the IT corporate world. I had a typical stressful corporate executive job and lifestyle. At a time when the IT industry was at its peak, I worked for the largest IT companies, HP (through Online, HP’s then sole Philippine distributor), Sun (through PSPI, Sun’s then exclusive Philippine distributor), and Oracle. It gave me the time of my life! With a regional responsibility that included being in charge of one of Oracle’s lines of business in the South Asia Region, I was traveling more than 50% of the time and living out of a suitcase.
I requested friends and family to pray for my healing and decided to slow down. Even my surgeon Dr. Dodi Diomampo and his wife offered a novena, a nine-day devotional prayer in the Catholic Church to request for special graces. They prayed for my recovery to Our Lady of Manaoag, the Philippines’ patroness saint of the sick. I also visited a couple of healing priests.
And for the first time in 14 years, I took time off from work. I spent time in the countryside with my eldest sister and her family. Miraculously, instead of six to eight months, my voice came back in three weeks!
I went back to one of the ENT/pulmonary specialists with whom I consulted and he couldn’t give me an explanation. In fact, my surgeon told him, “We don’t need an explanation. Nadine and I already know what happened.” My miraculous recovery started my healing journey and spiritual path, towards integration, wholeness and balance.
I realized how imbalanced and unhealthy my life was — I was smoking and drinking (I could even out drink men!). I wasn’t taking care of myself. I was working like there was no tomorrow. I was married to my career. I decided to slow down and put some balance, and eventually some sense into my life.
In 2000, two years after my thyroidectomy, I turned my back on the corporate world (see article Goodbye Corporate World). My insatiable quest for Truth eventually led me to the healing arts as my calling.
The pivotal trip to San Francisco
2003 was another pivotal year in my life. My brother who lives in San Francisco suffered from ruptured aneurysm in the brain. He was unconscious after the surgery at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, California. The aneurysm was a result of drug abuse.
I took the first flight out of Manila, Philippines with only one pair of shoes which I had on. I really didn’t know what was awaiting me. All I knew was I was being called to do whatever it was that I needed to do.
Dr. Robert Dodd, one of the neurosurgeons who assisted in the surgery didn’t mince any words. My brother was not going to make it. Even if he did, he would be a vegetable. He had grade five aneurysm which is the worst of its kind.
Dr. Dodd explained that only 50% survive and of the 50% who do, 50 % end up in a vegetative state, and 50% live with major disabilities including loss of major bodily functions and total memory loss. Intercessory prayers were offered by family members and friends residing both in the United States and in the Philippines. These are prayers for others and offered by those who speak to God on behalf of another to ask for God’s intervention.
I had just started learning a spiritual healing technique called reiki, a Japanese laying on hands technique, which I used on my brother. My mother, who lives in the Philippines, and my aunt, who lives in Connecticut, lighted candles vigilantly. Friends, family, relatives and loved ones likewise prayed incessantly. A deacon (a would-be priest) visited my brother daily and prayed over him. Each time the doctors gave us an update on my brother’s condition, my standard response was, “God’s will.”
After two weeks, my brother woke up from his comatose state and was well on his way to recovery. None of the diagnosis of the doctors came true. There even came a point when Dr. John Sinclair, one of the neurosurgeons who also assisted in the surgery told me, “Nadine, we don’t want to give you any more diagnosis because in the end, you’re going to prove us wrong again.”
Coming from a Stanford surgeon, my brother’s survival and healing may well be seen as truly miraculous. Today, my brother has short-term memory loss, but considering what he went through, he can indeed be considered no less than a “walking miracle.”
When I started training as a reiki practitioner in the Philippines in 2003, three years after I left the corporate world, I was experiencing a different kind of fulfillment. Yet I was admittedly a reluctant healer. Having 16 years of corporate life and shifting from a corporate executive to a healer was unquestionably a huge paradigm shift. It shook my world.
I kept my healing training hidden from friends and family. I was afraid that they would find it incredulous. Who wouldn’t? I myself couldn’t believe it. What more other people especially the ones I’d known during my corporate days. They witnessed and even became the recipients of how such a witch and a bitch I could be, without much effort. 😉
My experience though of taking care of my brother was what finally led me to heed the call that I had been dismissing for quite sometime, a mission that I am now fulfilling — the call to be of service to humanity through healing.
And today, nothing brings me more joy than assisting in bringing about healing and transformation.
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