Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Story of my Life

Who am I?
Who is Made It Through Mum?
Why Made It Through Mum?  are some of the questions I know some of you are asking.

Where do I begin? Why is it easy for me to write about anything but so hard when it's about me? Perhaps because I'm afraid that I might be judged, pitied (oh no don't!pls?!) and some might feel sorry for me. But hey! I wanted and needed to do this to share my story, what I've been through and the purpose of my life to inspire and encourage other people. I hope so..

 Let me give you some of my pertinent deets :
 - I am a mother of 3
 -I am a partner
 -I am a daughter ( a very clingy daughter)
 - I am a sister
- I am a friend
- I am a villain in somebody else's life (insert laughing witch here)
 - I love to eat (like 5-7cups of rice per meal especially if it's paired with tinapa or seafood! Beat that! )
 - I love veggies and fuits the more
 - I don't have any vices at all! (so, does that make me a good girl?! Nah..hehe)

 How did I come up with MITM? 

All of us have different struggles in life and it all depends on how we face or overcome them. I'll tell you first the meaning of my logo.

- dark shaded woman , because I am a woman with a dark past (won't elaborate on this)
 - I've been a victim of domestic violence (not anymore!)
- I used to work for my family for 10 years, but because of Yaya problems, I became a full-time mom. Which is a blessing also coz I was able to be with my kids everyday from morning til night w/o worries that they might be beaten or maltreated again by their yayas.
 - After 6 months of staying at home, I was diagnosed with Meningioma (brain tumor), I've undergone craniotomy last December 11, 2013. Thank God the tumor is benign. But MRI and Levetiracetam have been my friends since then. ;)
Even before I was diagnosed with brain tumor, I planned to donate atleast 12inches of my locks to the children and women battling with cancer. The last thing I told my doctor before I lost my conciousness because of the anaesthesia, was to keep my hair in a clean bag because i will donate it.

Say Hello to my Battle Scar  #headband

 Colorful Heart Puzzle piece 

- I have 3 kids whom I love so dearly that I would do anything and everything for them no matter what. They will always be etched in my heart. The puzzle piece, symbolizes persons with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) I got 1 out of 68! Yes. My 2nd child has it. He's different but he is not less. At first, we were in denial ( me and Mr. MITD) - there's a sad and funny story behind this after we learned that our son has mild autism. Just pm me if you wanna know. But as parents, we have to accept. Acceptance is the key to move forward. For me, I'm still fortunate to be a special mom to a special kid. I was tasked by God to help and nurture this precious gift. I am not and will never ever be ashamed of him. Now, can you imagine how colorful my everyday life is? Those everyday tantrums/ meltdowns and with my present condition... Again, I thank the Lord for giving me strength and I'm praying to have more patience and healthy body to perform my duties well to my family.

 These are the reasons why I named myself Made It Through Mum. 'Coz despite of these all, I still carry on.

 I strongly believe everything happens for a reason. Had Meningioma not happened to me, I would not have been able to inspire my friends and family to appreciate the beauty of life. At first I thought that life is unfair, me having meningioma, having a son with ASD, from a corporate woman to a Stay-At-Home mom abruptly. I also realized that had I not been through all that I have been through in the past years, I would have never come face to face with death and had to reflect and rethink about my priorities, the purpose of my life and of life in general.

What am I doing here, blogging?!

I really don't know! Lol. Blogging is really far from my course, I finished AB Psychology at Philippine Normal University. My previous jobs were not also interconnected to blogging. From airlines to telco to writing?! I have to admit, I'm really "makuwento" in real life and I love to write. I don't know if this is really my calling, but I'll give it a try. There's no harm in trying. Actually, this is an unexpected blog. As an idle mom(which I am not used to) , honestly, my current situation is threatening my sanity. I wanted to divert my attention and make the most out of my second life so I started joining various online contests. I thought of sharing my winning experiences to others who are also 'inip' and is having a feeling of self-worthlessness because of the hardships and trials life is showering upon them. To encourage them to get through all that and be more appreciative of life instead of just sitting in one corner, idle. Stop whining over the little problems. See the beauty of life and know that the world is a wonderful place to live in.

Don't be discouraged of what you are going through..Fight! Death is inevitable. Break the rules! Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, laugh uncontrollably and NEVER REGRET anything that made you smile! ;)

 Here are some of the inspirational quotes that help me, hope it will help you as well. If you will read each of my posts, you will notice that there's always a quote at the end...

1 John 2:15 
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 John 9:2-3 (for the less fortunate, PWDs)
 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

God will not look over for your medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars - Elbert Hubbard 

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style. - Maya Angelou

 I will always be thankful to God for giving me a second life. For giving me such wonderful parents and especially my SUPERMOM, for raising me to be a fighter (a sweet fighter), to inculcate in me to have a strong faith in God.

The SUPERMOM and the clingy daughter ♥♥♥
I am also forever grateful to my sibling, my Mr. MITD, my kids, and friends for keeping my sanity. And to my NFF( new found friends) in social media Danica , May and Annie for pushing me to blog away..and for the people who chose me and will choose me in their events to write about them.

I will now stop blabbling about my life. More or less you know me. Just continue life and embrace everything about it. I hope my story somehow inspired you not to lose hope and keep going..

You Only Live Once make the most out of it!

Don't dwell on the past's regrets and mistakes.. Move forward and just simply learn from them.


                           God bless us all! ♥♥♥

Thank you for visiting my blog! I would love to hear your thoughts . Your comments are always welcome and appreciated!


  1. Very promising prologue ! I look forward to the upcoming chapters of this interesting soliloquy.
    Kudos !

  2. sis, such a wonderful story ! Thanks for sharing it to me! God bless and I'm sure with your Good Heart, the Lord will bless you and your family more! :)

  3. Truly an inspiring story... and life as well. God bless you more and more. Keep fighting and keep writing!

  4. Truly an inspiring story... and life as well. God bless you more and more. Keep fighting and keep writing!

  5. You're one strong woman. :) Kat here, visiting from Mommy Bloggers PH group. Keep writing and inspiring others!

  6. thank god it was benign! keep writing and inspiring! :)

  7. Different, but not less. Beautifully said. I so understand this part.

    You are a strong woman, I admire your faith in all of what you have gone through.:)

  8. What an inspiring story! :) Welcome to blogging, it does really keep moms like us sane haha! :) Looking forward to reading more from you.

  9. Hugs! God bless you always... You'll be an inspiration!

  10. May you continue inspring other through your writing. God bless.

  11. Wow you really have a story to tell! You are so strong. Many of us don't know why we're blogging, too, but I guess it's enough to know we are able to provide inspiration and companionship to at least one person out there. :)

  12. You are such an inspiring woman. May you always have the strength and never lose faith in God.


  13. I'm so happy that you are now part of MBP community! A true definition of a true strong woman! Keep sharing your stories...

  14. Very inspring Reylen. I know deep inside you is a strong woman with a BIG heart. God bless u and your family :)

  15. Thanking God for your story. It is ao encouraging to read. Then we know it must be God at work. Continue to use your blog to share this story.

  16. Such an inspiring read.. I know how hard it is to bare your very persona in the blog and not just the surface, but kudos! I'm sure you'll be inspiring more and more moms and women out there, God Bless :)

  17. You are so brave and inspiring. Have faith and live life to the fullest :)

  18. Life really gets tough. But as an old saying goes like, God gives the hardest battles to His strongest followers. Be strong and keep on fighting, mum! You are such an inspiration! :)

  19. This is my first time to drop by your blog.Thanks for opening and sharing your life to us, your readers. Keep on writing from the heart.

  20. I salute you for being a very brave woman! I look forward for more posts. :)

  21. You are such an inspiring and brave woman. Looking forward to your posts. May God bless you more :)

  22. I'm super glad I have met you. This is truly inspiring. Talagang binasa ko until the end. :) Thanks for sharing your story. Super strong. :)

  23. Thank God for your second life. You are meant for greater things and this is not yet the end. I pray for you and others just like you. Thank you for writing from the heart. You have touched a lot of lives with your story. =)

  24. You are indeed a blessing to all! Keep that spirit burning and may God continue to bring color (and hair =)) to your life.

  25. You have very inspiring story and a great blessing to other. God Bless Mamy Reylen. :)Sana ma meet kita soon. Take care.

  26. You are an epitome of hope and God's blessing because you have a second chance in life and you are appreciating every minute of it. I am really happy to read stories like yours because it's really inspiring. Thank you also for the quotes you posted. They're really beautiful. Enjoy life and God bless!

  27. You Only Live Once make the most out of it!
    -- Indeed! thank you for sharing your inspiring story!

  28. Me and my wife are your followers. We were really inspired with your story and really you made it through. Salute to your braveness and optimism also to MITD, you both need each other and you will be more stronger and can face every battle together. God bless your whole family with good health, long life, and abudance in every aspect! More power!

  29. I think it's a great and catchy name for a blog because it's a story pf thriving in the midst of life's struggles. Hope to read a lot more posts :)

  30. Wahhh! :) Ate sobrang nakakainspire naman ang story mo. :) This experience must have really strengthened your bond with God! It is also nice to see your blog! Naks! hahaha galing ah! :)

  31. Sis. I was really inspired by you. Grabe! Iloveyou at super stay strong saatin :*

  32. Hi momshie dahil may wifi n kmi binasa ko na po yung blog mo na the story of my life.mjo teary eyed ang lola i know na po at sobra po ako humanga sa lakas ng inyong loob at tibay pra malagpasan lahat ng struggles sa buhay mo..napaka strong woman nyo...kya po pla gnyan yung logo ng made it through mom.nkakainspired ka po thanks po at nkilala ko po kayo at naging follower nyo po ako..sana po mlgpsan nyo po lhat ng problms na ddring sa inyo at alm ko po at naniniwala ko na sa tulong ni Lord mllgpsn nyo po lhat..May Godbless you always and you whole family..😘😘😘

  33. Wow! ❤ What kind of witchcraft is this lol I felt kinda light of my "burdens" after reading this. I dont know but thank you! Thank you for sharing this part of your journey. Made me realize there's more to life than hating. ❤

  34. Thank you mamsh for sharing your stort dapat ka po talaga hangaan sa dami ng pagsubok na dumaan pero nanjan ka at matatag at patuloy na lumalaban. Ang galing mo po. Tha best ka mommy.

  35. grabe po mga pagsubok na dumating sa buhay ko ung akala nming lahat na ok ka lng po ung tipong prang masaya ka lng sa facebook but deep inside hndi pla laban lng mommy nandito lng kme for you❤️

  36. I wish i read this long time ago Ma! But when i followed you from the start i learned of you having that hair donation and had to undergo such life test. Pero despite all of that you remain so strong . I don't know pero ang strong mo lang sa kabila ng lahat, ng health condition mo noon, ng anak mo, sahm etc pero nakaya mo and i hope and wish you will always be the happy and madaldal Mama na nakilala ko. πŸ’“

  37. godbless momsh.. we love youuuu����

  38. Yes, I just read this today.πŸ˜… All I can say is, GOD is really good, the best actually, no doubt about it. And great job mommy!!! For having a strong faith and positive outlook in life.

    To a special mom from another mom of an ASD kid, kudos and God bless to your sweet family!