Pain & Hope

Have you ever face a challenging experience that no matter how painful it would cost if you face it with courage could actually turned positive?

What am I saying? My mother is a cancer patient, 3 years ago; our family have no knowledge about Colo-Rectal Cancer and the diverse side effects of chemotherapy; but having someone close to us made our family hungry for information and be creative to combat the unusual routines that has to be dealt with.

According to research, the fruit Soursop or Guyabano is way better than chemotherapy, our family always prefer natural food if it can cure that’s why we try our best to serve it to our mother even if it’s imported from the Philippines. Every time she eats the fruit, she says it feels like she’s actually having the chemotherapy only better because it has no harmful toxins that harms her; so there must be truth on the research.

Our family is starting to love United Arab Emirates (UAE) even with the absence of soursop, as my mother say, ‘this country is keeping me alive,’ with the great health care she receives through reliable Daman insurance and effective oncology specialist hospital Tawam. Her way to give back for the countless blessings is to help the other cancer patients here in UAE. The help is through her amazing green thumb because everything she grows on soil lives, so she saves the soursop seeds, has successfully grown more than 50 with patience since they’re less than a foot high for now, and more to be planted. We intend to donate the fruit to see it grow as a tree on proper outdoor garden or plantation as soon as we’re confident that they can withstand the natural habitat outside our flat’s veranda with the hope that they can cure more people who love and fight to live.

What becomes close to our hearts can turn into a Charitable Social Responsibility and that’s one of the best ways to share.

Luisita's Garden - Baby Soursop growing in Dubai.

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21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emy Saguinsin
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 18:36:25

    Your family will be an instrument to those who are experiencing the fight for the big C in UAE. Your mom is indeed still has a purpose 🙂 hugs to her and the rest of the family!

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  2. Esco
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 23:31:39

    What a great use of spreading the knowledge that you’ve learned. We are praying for healing for your mother! You are doing a wonderful job of honoring your mother. This makes God Smile!

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  3. Nikkie Khan
    Feb 17, 2012 @ 08:07:25

    OHHHHHH THANX FOR SHARING SUCH A BEAUTIFUL STORY; HELPING MANY WHO CAN HAVE STILL SOME HOPE THIS FRUIT CAN HELP THEM FIGHT THEIR ENEMY INSIDE THEM.

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  4. aminah
    Mar 12, 2012 @ 15:39:19

    Hi,

    I’m really interested in this fruit and wish to grow them in my house.

    If you can help me please advise me where I can buy them since my best friend’s sister has cancer and she is in the last stage, and I would like to help her…

    Please tell me where I can buy the fruit so she can eat it, moreover I like to plant them too.

    Best wishes to you and your family,

    Aminah

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    • Sorren Galiza
      Mar 13, 2012 @ 07:08:21

      Hi Aminah,

      If you want to grow them my family can give it to you for AED 3.00 per treeling or as seen on the post’s photo. We will use the money to buy soil and to keep on growing seeds. I’ll send you an email for our home location.

      As for the actual fruit, it is rare but usually West Zone Supermarket sells them, here is the link of different branches they have and some have phone numbers http://www.dubaifaqs.com/west-zone-supermarket.php, I am not quite sure how accurate are the numbers.

      The fruits that we serve to our Mom is usually from the Philippines brought by friends who went home for vacation.

      May God bless your best friend’s sister.

      Sincerely,

      Sorren

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  5. shaila
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 23:52:58

    Hi Sorren,

    Your story is lovely, how is your mum after taking the soursop? How is she taking it, is it the fruit as well as the leaves? Did she do any chemo treatment in hospital? I have an aunt who has breast cancer and we were told that the leaves and bark of the soursop are the best in curing cancer. Just wanted to know how your mum took and how much of it she drank per day for how long for it to have helped her.

    I would also love to buy some plants from you.

    Thanks for your mission and may God bless you a thousand fold.

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    • Sorren Galiza
      Mar 27, 2012 @ 17:34:27

      Hi Shaila,

      Sorry that I was not able to reply to you sooner. My mum is currently confined in the hospital and undergoing more tests but her Oncology doctor already told her that she will stop receiving any chemotherepy from this point onwards. The side effects of chemo are harming her more than curing the tumors.

      With the new decision of the doctor, my mum will continue to drink boiled soupsop leaves with honey. I’ll reply to you in depth as soon as we’re both home in Dubai hopefully on the next 2 weeks.

      Thank you for your kind words.

      Cheers,

      Sorren

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  6. Ayaz
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 12:37:37

    Hello…

    It is very nice to actually read a post on the success of soursop and your mother is doing a very inspirational work.

    My dad is also a cancer patient, its been a year since he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He has undergone 6 cycles of chemotherapy and a full session of radiation. He is currently on evaluation since 5 months and the doctors are saying that they will start the next treatment if the tumor starts increasing in size again; meanwhile I would like to give him soursop but I have no knowledge of it… like what is the best way for it to be consumed? How often should it be consumed? And the most important is where can I find this in Dubai? I would be very grateful to you if you could provide me with the information.

    May God bless your mother with strength.

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    • Sorren Galiza
      Apr 15, 2012 @ 16:10:27

      Hi Ayaz,

      Thank you for the kind words. With regards to your questions –

      What is the best way for it to be consumed?
      There are different ways mentioned on how to consume it but for my Mum, she eats the fruit (usually sour and with some sweetness if it’s ripe), and we use the leaves to create a tea. Leaves were torn, boiled for 1 hour in the water, and then later on add honey to taste.

      How often should it be consumed?
      We are observing the effects on my mum. We intend to give the tea daily but if it’s true that it’s 10,000 stronger than chemo, we are going to give some few days rests before she drinks again. We are hoping moderation is also key. Everything that we know about the fruit were based from what we read and we observe what she feels.

      And the most important is where can I find this in Dubai?
      Fruits are available at West Zone Supermarket but it’s not all the time. We are selling it at AED 3.00 per plant so that we’ll have new funds to buy soil and grow new seeds. I’ll send you an email about our location.

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  7. Rizwan Noor
    Jun 11, 2012 @ 15:15:48

    Dear Sorren,

    My Mother is also going through Colon Cancer treatment. She’s been taking regular Chemo Treatment which is taking a toll on her. I heard about this Soursop and the effect on cancer cells. Your mom is doing an amazing thing growing these here in Dubai. I would really appreciate if I can get these seeds and also some soursop to start giving it to my mom. Can you please email me your contact address and number.

    Regards,

    Rizwan Noor

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  8. Aysha
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 07:04:17

    Hi Sorren,

    I was on google checking out where to find soursop in UAE. I read your research and it was like i found some light in pitch dark. My Mom’s suffering from stage 4B of pelvis cancer. She’s gone through 6 cycles of chemo & 2 weeks of radiation. She’s in Pakistan. I belong to Canada. I’ve told all friends & family over there to look for if they could find soursop in dry form or in can or at least the original fruit. But that’d be amazing if I’m able to get it in UAE. I got answers of most of my questions as I went through other mails and in your detailed answers. I’d like to come to your place to buy the plant. I need your address for that.

    I’ve no words to tell you what you are doing for people like us whose near and dear ones are suffering from this deadly disease. May God bless you and your mother.

    Regards,

    Aysha Waqar

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    • Sorren Galiza
      Jul 04, 2012 @ 20:57:40

      Hi Aysha,

      Thank you for visiting this blog post. I just like to share to everyone that my Mum finally reached the end of her struggling battle against Stage 4 Colon Cancer. She passed away on May 2012 and for now I got 6 plants left and I would be more than happy to give you 4 of them. I am holding on for the 2 because it belongs to the batch that my Mum personally grew with her amazing green thumbs.

      I have 3 long pots of soursop seeds and waiting for them to grow but I’m not quite sure it’ll ever happen, I’ll wait until the end of the month then I’ll grow lavenders. I’ll send you a separate email for my home address in Dubai Sports City in case you decided to come.

      I hope your Mum will be blessed of long and healthy life with her loved ones showering her care and kisses.

      Sincerely,

      Sorren

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  9. Muhammad Ovais
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 08:25:10

    Hi Sorren,

    Please if you still have seeds remaining, I can collect it from you.

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    • Sorren Galiza
      Jul 07, 2012 @ 07:19:47

      Hi Muhammad,

      I’ll email you directly as I have a very crucial question. 🙂

      Best,

      Sorren

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      • rao nagaraja
        Aug 25, 2012 @ 14:06:33

        Madam my wife is suffering from breast cancer, can you help with the soursop plant or even getting the fruit. I will be indebted to you. I am in Dubai. My name is Rao and works in Arabian Court Hotel in Bur, Dubai.

      • Sorren Galiza
        Sep 01, 2012 @ 11:54:32

        Hi Rao,

        I am sorry to hear about your wife. I hope you have faith because breast cancer is now curable and we heard so many success stories in Tawam Hospital, Al Ain, UAE. I am sorry that I am out of plants to share for now. Try to check West Zone Supermarkets for the fruit. God bless you and your wifey.

        Apologies for the late reply.

        Sincerely,

        Sorren

  10. RAHATULLAH BAIG
    Aug 07, 2012 @ 04:03:30

    Hi Sorren,

    I HEARD ABOUT THE FRUIT SOURSOP AND ITS EFFICACY IN KILLING THE CANCER CELLS. MY MOTHER IS IN THE 4TH LEVEL OF CANCER AND SHE HAD ALREADY HAD 4 CYCLES OF CHEMOTHERAPY, AS SHE IS 64 YEARS OF AGE SHE IS HAVING LOTS OF DIFFICULTIES WITH THE CHEMOTHERAPY HENCE STOPPED IT AND SHE IS USING ANOTHER CANCER DRUG. BUT AS I GOT THE MESSAGES COMING ALL OVER THE INDIA AS WELL AS CANADA PEOPLE REGARDING THIS WONDER FRUIT, I WANTED TO KNOW IF THE FRESH FRUIT IS AVAILABLE IN DUBAI MARKET OR ANY SUPER MARKETS IN DUBAI.

    IF SO PLEASE HELP ME OUT TO GET THIS FRUIT AND HOW MANY TIMES IT HAS TO BE CONSUMED IN A DAY LET ME KNOW I WOULD BE INDEED GRATEFUL TO YOU FOR THIS.

    PLEASE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE REPLY ME BACK ON MY EMAIL LOOKING FORWARD TO MEET YOU TO THANK YOU IN PERSON.

    REGARDS,

    RAHAT

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  11. Seena
    Sep 02, 2012 @ 11:45:08

    Thanks a lot for sharing. I’m looking for sharing this plantation with your mother, and if you know away to get this fruit in UAE would be even better. Thanks.

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  12. erum
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 01:35:43

    Hi Sorren!

    Hope you are fine and I’m sorry to hear about your mom! Do you still have soursop seeds or plant? I want to buy the plant or seed, or any idea where I can find the fruit in Dubai? I want it for my dad he got rectal cancer. Please help me I will be waiting for your reply.

    Reply

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