Sunday, January 12, 2014

RIP Ninong Willie

Many of you already know that I've been incredibly busy with the Holidays. I've wanted to get back into filming, editing, and uploading new videos, but like I've mentioned briefly in a few of my videos, my family has been struggling these past few months. You may have already heard the news if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter.

My Ninong (Tagalog for Godfather) Willie has been battling lung cancer for the past 31 years, and he passed away this past Saturday evening on January 11th, 2014. Words can't even begin to explain how my family has been struggling through this difficult time. As we try to comfort one another, all these great memories of him quickly come back to me.

Ninong Willie was so silly and always had a great sense of humor. I will always remember the way he liked to walk up next to me tapping my opposite shoulder, in hopes of making me look the wrong way. Growing up I had a special relationship with him compared to my other uncles, because he was also my ninong/godfather. Each year, he would always have a special Christmas present for me separate from my siblings. It was simply a Christmas card sending me his love with a crisp $20 bill inside that I always looked forward to.

Ninong Willie was a fighter, and I know that he fought for as long and as hard as he could to stay with us. Being diagnosed with lung cancer, having a lung removed, and undergoing various radiation treatments could not have been easy. He is an inspiration to all of us, and we were so blessed to have him stay with us each and every extra day.

Although I didn't spend as much time with him in his last fews days as I would have liked to, I know that he is now at peace. I know he is watching over me and the rest of my family. I know that he is no longer in pain or suffering. I love you Ninong Willie! May you rest in peace with Tito Joleng and Papa, and please send them all my love!

Denise Joyce