by Collie Ordonez
Parissa Venezia Calado Ordonez... Great name, right? That is the beautiful name of my one and only sister named after my mom's favorite places, Paris and Venice. Everyone calls her "Paris", but mom calls her "Parissa" when she's mad. Paris is a very unique person and everybody simply likes her. As a baby, she hardly cried and always smiled. No wonder that as she grew up, she made tons of friends in different age groups. She has a great sense of humor and extremely talented. She dances so well too. I remember her mini "Spice Girls" Group way back in middle school! She is also a dedicated and excellent Volleyball player to this day, and the life of the party whenever she is around.
|Paris loves life and loves to laugh.|
Way back in 1998, our dad was diagnosed with Stage 2 Colon Cancer. I have vague memories of how his chemo therapy went but he was able to live on for 12 more years. His cancer recurred in February 2010 as Stage 4 Liver mestasized in his bones. This was really heartbreaking for us especially for my mom. We only had a few months to spend with my dad. "Thy will be done... I'm ready to go." --- These were the words my dad said upon learning about his condition. Two weeks before Paris graduated from college, my dad passed away
Years passed, and as a big sister, my role for Paris changed.We have been the best of friends, mentor to each others lives, weekend buddies and morning jammers. Our hobby is to LAUGH. We do laugh a lot. Over simple jokes, videos, anything under the sun... we laugh. Even through rare sad moments, we find ourselves smiling and laughing... as long as we have each other.
I remember the time when she started working for her first job, she was so shy but so dedicated and willing to learn. She eventually turned out to be really good at what she does --- A Life Insurance trainor. She even became a party host for her company's Christmas parties and Product Launches. I was actually amazed at how she turned out to be as an employee. My family and I are very proud of her.
|An exceptional athlete.|
These past few weeks have been extremely challenging for us. The girl I shared my laughter with, my sister who I love so dear was diagnosed with Stage 2B Colon Cancer... the same illness my dad had. Who would have thought that a simple discovery of being anemic could lead to CANCER, at the young age of 28 years old. It was such a challenge for me to face her while she was in pain recovering from surgery. The malignant tumor was taken out successfully but she will go through I.V. Chemo as soon as she recovers from the surgery. A portacath must be installed in her chest where her I.V. Chemo will be injected. She will need 12 shots for 6 months plus additional medication.
I know Paris can get through this. Her positive outlook captured every doctor and nurse's heart who handled her at the Asian Hospital. We can't thank them enough for giving us the best service they possibly can.
Paris is an ultimate dreamer. She has so many dreams and goals to pursue. She is working for a well known company in the Philippines and is doing so well in her job. I know that someday she wants to get married and have her own family. She is a wonderful aunt to my son and I know she will be a great mom someday. I can't wait to see her get up from this nightmare and finally fulfill her dreams.
|Still smiling, Still positive.|
We are asking for prayers for my sister. As we will need a substantial amount to cover her medical expenses, we have launched a YouCaring Page to accept donations. Please help us save a life... my sister's life. As a sister, I will fight as much as I can to help her live a full life. I love my sister and I am very proud of her. I am pretty sure, if my dad were alive, knowing he fought the same battle, he will pat us on the back and simply say, "Good Job."
|Sisters, Collie and Paris at the hospital.|
A message from Paris (taken from her facebook page):
Paris is not aware that her sister and I collaborated with this article. I think she is such an amazing inspiration and her story worth telling. I hope you can find positivity and inspiration in her story and hope you can share your help in any way that you can be it in prayers, messages to Paris (comment below) or in any amount donation to help Paris in her medical costs. Please click on the YouCaring widget below and share this article on your page to help spread the word.
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