Story sent by Maria Fe V. Dehayco
I am Maria Fe V. Dehayco, 26 years old and a single mother. Last July 23, 2015, I felt a lump on my left breast. I consulted a doctor in Gat Andres Bonifacio Medical Center. The ultrasound didn’t yield good results so I had a biopsy last September. I was diagnosed with Ductal carcinoma or breast cancer.
I kept this hidden from my two children and my siblings.
In the afternoon of September 10, while praying to the saints for strength, I fell asleep and dreamt that I was in front of all the saints. In the dream, St. Therese put her arm around me and whispered that they were praying for me.
I googled St. Therese because all I knew about her was that she was the patron saint for tuberculosis because my nephew had PTB. I learned about her 24 Glory Be Novena and that she would send a rose as a sign of granted prayers.
On October 3, I decided to go to Tondo Church for the last day of my novena to St. Therese and offered flowers to her in her statue. I transferred to another image to pray again but when I got back to St. Therese’s image, the flowers I offered to her were gone. She must’ve taken them away, or someone else must have. I left the church still wondering.
That same day, I went to divisoria and bought a basket full of prayer cards. While in the jeepney, I saw in the basket a laminated petal and at the back of it, the face of St. Therese. I couldn’t hold back my tears. Is this the sign of an answered prayer?
I began to notice that the lump in my breast was decreasing in size. I went back to my doctor in November and he asked me why I still haven’t undergone the operation. I told him that the lump is getting smaller and that I wasn’t ready to go to surgery since my family still didn’t know. He said the biopsy could not be wrong and that the lump can’t have decreased. Still, I resisted and remained hopeful that I will be healed especially upon knowing that St. Therese had tuberculosis and that her Mom died of breast cancer. She will heal me, I thought and I prayed.
A year passed and I could no longer detect the lump so I went back to the doctor again to clear my medical records. I had an ultrasound again and the results truly indicated that the lump was gone. My doctor was dumbfounded because it was close to impossible for the lump to just go away.
Miracles do happen through prayers.
July 23, 2016 and ‘cancer-free’, I decided to tell my ordeal to my children and siblings and the miracle that I experienced.
On July 30, 2016, we visited the Shrine of St. Therese to say our thanks.