Carmina Angeles Chua has had a tough ride yet the smile on her face seems to belie the struggles and challenges she has been through. “My past made me a lot stronger” Chua says. She has emerged victorious from all the battles in life that she went through — from being an adopted child to a single parent who raised four children by herself and recently, a cancer survivor. “Life has never been easy but with God, everything is possible.”
At the age of 4, she took ballet and have honed her expertise through the years. She taught ballet for a time and still, in fact, teaches voluntarily after their church service. “That’s how I give back in my own little way, masaya na ako na nakakatulong ako.” she says. She took up Interior Design in college.
As a devoted Christian, her life speaks of the Lord’s purpose has and lived her life without regrets.
Mina speaks with conviction and her strong personality shines through as we talked about how cancer has drastically changed her perspective towards life. She talked as if she didn’t undergo a major health issue.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer year 2008. Para hindi kumalat yung cancer cells, they really had to remove my left breast” she recalls. Mina, at that time, has accepted every blow in her life. After the surgery, she underwent chemotherapy and lived one day at a time. Facing her own mortality, she submitted herself freely to His will. “With faith in God, everything is possible. Maniwala ka lang! That’s why I didn’t cry when my left breast was removed,” and she added “I was more focused on the wig that I will be using. Dapat maganda ka pa rin, di ba?!”
Before cancer, she already was a fighter. She had to be.
Mina took the plunge at an early age. At the young age of 17, she married her high school sweetheart and had her first child. After the birth of the fourth (and youngest) child, it did not take long before marital relations took its toll.
But Mina was not to be defeated.
She fearlessly stepped up and worked her way to raise her four children. “We needed to survive and so I worked,” she stated. Her perseverance paid off and raised her children the very best way she can. “Sila ang kayamanan ko.”
Fast-forward to the present, Mina obviously derives her pride and joy from her four children. The relationship with the former husband is described as civil. Among her children, she does not have a “favorite” as she exerts extra effort to make sure that all of them are given time.
“My children are my inspiration. It is for them that I work hard and still live” she stated. In all aspects of Mina’s life, she eliminated the drama and approached each hurdle head on and without fear. She is realistic and she has sacrificed so much of herself in dedication for her children. Her purpose in life and her unconditional love for her family serves as her inspiration to fight for the dreaded disease called cancer. “I had lifted everything up to the Lord” and her relentless faith has kept her still in times of storm.
She has fought emotional, financial, spiritual and physical pain; she has cried out but in the end, she is victorious. Mina is a true testament that your faith can save you. Of course she is still human and is bound to falter at times but she manages to stand up and continue facing life’s caveats head-on. “God’s love knows no boundaries. You only have to believe.”
Positivism, faith and resourcefulness. The personification of these may very well be found in one like Carmina Chua.