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Geraldine Oliva: Her Fight Against Kidney Disease and the Making of an Ugly Duckling

Updated on March 13, 2011

From Beautiful into an Ugly Duckling


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Geraldine Javier-Oliva, once a beauty queen of her town, Balayan, Batangas, Philippines; happily married with Mario Esguerra Oliva; sired  children; with a stable job but been challenged by a severe kidney disease; causing her beautiful features to turn into an ugly duckling.

When I saw an update of the news regarding her condition on television, particularly at ABS-CBN Channel 2, I was aghast with what I saw! Dane, as her family and friends call her, is slowly turning into a fragile human being, bones are slowly deforming, her mouth becomes swollen and she cannot talk fluently, her teeth are separated by swollen gums and cannot even move by herself. Geraldine is reduced into an ugly creature because of the chronic kidney disease!

With no job to maintain and finance her medication, particularly the weekly dialysis or cleaning of her blood ( she is not perspiring anymore), her husband, parents and friends launched several fund drive in order to help prolong her life.

Last October, they were able to collect some amount from "Run for Dane" which was organized by her friend Shielah Marie de la Cruz. Heiend also posted blogs, like "Save Geraldine" to draw an appeal to the public.

I pity Geraldine so much, that I decided to use my Hubpages account to write a hub dedicated to her. This is my personal appeal that I hope will draw worldwide attention and send donations to help Geraldine restore her beautiful life, if there's left to it.

Time is running out. Hope is what drives Geraldine to keep on living. She's optimistic that she can still go back to work, live with her family longer and be beautiful again.

Help is on the way, Geraldine. God will always answer His children who believe that "Anything is possible". In God's time.

#09.18 WKL p1/2 - An Inspiring Story of Geraldine "Dane" Oliva c/o TVMostWanted

#09.18 WKL p2/2 - An Inspiring Story of Geraldine "Dane" Oliva c/o TVMostWanted

Fighting Kidney Diseases

One of the leading death-causing diseases is kidney failure due to many complications. We often ask ourselves if it is hereditary or acquired. It's in the genes, bad genes: if we want to blame somebody. It's the other way around, if we acquired it from our lifestyle s(I mean, the food we eat and our liking with heavy drinking).

While I'm writing this hub about a chronic kidney disease patient, Geraldine Javier-Oliva, I began reflecting about my lifestyle , too. I searched for the site revealing the A to Z of Kidney diseases. I found the link at National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC).

The revelation made me tremble! We are all in danger if we will  re-evaluating our daily routines.

Let me cite instances why Geraldine caught the disease. Since she was a child, she had cravings on salty foods, like junk foods. Well, who can resist those spicy snacks? Not even me? She was hospitalized then, due to overintake of salty foods. We all know that it can trigger urinary track infection (UTI), just like what happened to my niece.

She grew up with a warning not to overeat 'salty and spicy foods'. She married and bore children and that fatal incident during her childhood was partially forgotten.

The recurrence of the kidney disease is inevitable, but the most tragic was it becomes chronic -meaning - she will be fighting it 'til the end of her earthly life.

The good thing that continue inspiring her to fight is her support group, the unconditional love (if not pity) of her husband, Mario, her children, parents, officemates and friends.

She was reduced into an ugly duckling (that's gonna be your first impression, once you see her); bedridden due to the severe effects of the disease which continue ruining her body.

But life must go on. Help continue to pour from here and abroad. More and more people are becoming aware that kidney diseases are not to be taken for granted.

It is worst than the least we expect it.

A newspaper columnist's view about Geraldine

Note: Geraldine passed away last March 10, 2011. She didn't undergo further surgery due to her very frail conditions.

From  HubPages family, our condolences.


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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @V Qisya: Geraldine was a fighter, until the end. Many people were inspired by her courageous battle, including me.

      Thanks for your utmost concern, Verita. I think, her family will be happy seeing and reading that many lives were touched by Geraldine's life.

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      V Qisya 6 years ago

      Such a pity. Though, I don't know her but can't deny the fact that she's a beauty. And it's truly sad to see how much she had suffered.

      My heart goes out to her family. May she R.I.P.

      Best Wishes, Verita

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @catlaine: Dane writes 30 this year.

      Note: Geraldine passed away last March 10, 2011. She didn't undergo further surgery due to her very frail conditions.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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      catlaine 6 years ago

      Hi, anymore update about Dane? I read this news last year when I was in South Korea. thank you .

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @gulnazahmad: Thank you. I hope my hub will continue to encourage other people to help. Please share it, too. :D

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      You're right, the sailor. Kidney diseases are to feared of because it slowly or abruptly deteriorate our bodily functions.

      When I was o the radio, my senior announcer suffered the same fate. He's a social drinker (mostly beer); a big man who was reduced into a very week thin man. No kidney donor available but time keeps on ticking on him that he faded into oblivion. Yet, I will never forget his contribution to our local radio inudstry in Naga City, Bicol, Philippines.

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      gulnazahmad 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Its a heart breaking story and you shared it with readers so you put your efforts to be part of a good cause. May Almighty Allah help her get rid of this disease.

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      thesailor 7 years ago from Seven Seas

      A story of pity and warning. A pity for Geraldine and warning for the death-leading kidney diseases. Thanks for sharing this hub, travel man. -_-