2018 was the best and the most difficult year of Myra’s life--a time of both success and sickness. This is her story.
Ako si Myra Flores, isang Production Operator sa IMI sa loob ng labing-anim na taon. Sa tagal ng pamamalagi ko sa kumpanyang ito, marami akong naranasan at natutunan sa aking trabaho pati na rin sa aking mga kasamahan. Taong 2018, nagpresenta kami ng Continuous Improvement Team (CIT) project, nagwaging “Best Line” ang aming grupo (Bosch AS), at naparangalan akong “Best Operator”. Sa taong iyon nangyari ang pinakamasasaya kong karanasan sa trabaho ngunit hindi ko inasahan na sa taong iyon ko rin pala mararanasan ang pinakamahirap at pinakamasakit na pangyayari sa aking buhay.
My name is Myra Flores, and I’ve been a Production Operator at IMI for 16 years. During my stay here at the company, I experienced and learned a lot from my work and my colleagues. In 2018, we presented a Continuous Improvement Team (CIT) Project and our group won “Best Line”, and I was awarded as a “Best Operator”. It was my best year at work but I didn’t expect that it would also be the hardest and the most challenging year of my life.
Pulong-sulong awarding on October 26, 2018 as best operator, best group leader, and best supervisor. Myra is second from the left. To be eligible for the best operator award, an employee must have an above-average performance appraisal the year before.
Noong Oktubre 2018, natanggap ko ang resulta ng aking biopsy. Kinumpirma nito na mayroon akong breast cancer. Gumuho ang aking mundo noong mga panahong iyon sapagkat hindi kailanman sumagi sa aking isipan na dadapuan ako ng ganitong karamdaman. Halos mabaliw ako kakaiyak at kakaisip kung paano ko malalagpasan ang pagsubok na iyon. Matagal bago iyon natanggap ng aking sarili.
Last October 2018, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My world fell apart when I received the result of my biopsy. II never once thought that I would have this disease. I almost lost my mind thinking about how I could get through it. It took me a long time to come to terms with my diagnosis.
Kinailangan kong magpa-opera (masectomy), chemotheraphy, at radiotherapy para lamang ako’y gumaling. Tiniis ko ang sakit, pagkasunog ng aking balat, pati na rin ang nakakapanlumong pagkalagas ng aking mga buhok. Sa kabila ng aking pinagdaanan, hindi ako nawalan ng pag-asa dahil nariyan ang aking pamilya, mga kaibigan, at mga katrabaho upang palakasin ang aking loob at suportahan ang pinansyal kong pangangailangan para sa gamutan. Dito ko nalaman kung gaano karami ang nagmamahal at nagmamalasakit sa akin.
I needed to undergo surgery (mastectomy), chemotherapy, and radiotherapy to become cancer-free. I endured the pain and its stressful side effects such as burned skin and extreme hair loss. Despite all of these, I didn’t lose hope because of my family, my friends, and my colleagues who were there to encourage me and support my financial needs during the treatment. Having cancer made me realize that so many people loved and cared for me.
“During this pandemic, the situation became tougher but I’m still thankful to God because He supports me even in simple ways.” - Myra Flores, Production Operator
Ngayong panahon ng pandemya, ako’y mas nahirapan sapagkat hindi ako nakakapasok dahil sa aking sakit. Ngunit nagpapasalamat pa rin ako sa Diyos dahil nariyan siya upang ako’y tulungan at suportahan kahit sa mga simpleng paraan lamang. Alam kong marami pa akong pagdadaanan sa buhay dahil sa aking sakit pero kahit na mahirap, patuloy pa rin akong lalaban para sa aking pamilya, trabaho, at mga kaibigan.
Maraming salamat po!
During this pandemic, the situation became tougher but I’m still thankful to God because He supports me even in simple ways. I know I still have a lot to go through in my life because of my illness but I will continue to face this battle for the sake of my family, work, and friends.
Awarded in 2018, best line (Bosch AS). Myra is pictured in the top row, second from the left.
As a Production Operator for the Automotive Manufacturing Department, Myra ensures that machine setting and operating parameters are correct based on standard. She also ensures compliance based on work instructions, procedures, and safety requirements.
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