Cielo Superticioso is a cancer blogger and advocate. She was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Sarcoma. She started a cancer blog called The Cancer Voice where she aims to make the cancer voice heard in Asia, especially in Vietnam and to strengthen the education of cancer. Cielo is also a community organizer for Filipinos in Vietnam Support Group where she focuses on building social organizations, expanding their membership base, raising questions or alternatives, developing sound organizing strategies, recruiting leadership, assisting with fundraising, running member meetings, and facilitating training sessions. Prior to that she was teacher for 10 years.
Cielo shares what her life was like when she first heard she was diagnosed with this rare cancer and how she is able to come out of it to be the cancer warrior that she is today. She also shares her tips that you can use in your own journey to self confidence.
Cielo Superticioso is a cancer blogger and advocate.
Cielo is of Filipina descent.
Favorite Self Confidence Quote
Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.
Definition of Self Confidence
Self confidence is how you are able to face your fears.
Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence
Cielo has been known by everyone who knows her personally as a very timid and an introvert person who only loves to read books and nothing more. She was even a “cry baby” during her elementary days! She was rather afraid of facing confrontations.
The “AHA” Moment
Cielo’s life completely turned upside down when she no longer does what you used to do, when she no longer are interested in looking back but rather move forward and look forward to see a “new you”! Like her country, the Philippines, her personal life too used to experience a lot of calamities and catastrophes. One of them that really shook her world like an unexpected earthquake was when she was diagnosed with a rare cancer, Sarcoma.
So, when did the AHA moment happen? When she gradually accepted and claimed this rare cancer is already part of her life, no more denials. The only thing she has to do is to face cancer with courage to fight with pride, dignity, and self-confidence to beat this deadly disease.
Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence
For Cielo, life is never a bed of roses after cancer, after the treatment or even the whole journey of it. She experienced anxiety and depression for 5 months right after her treatment has done, but she chose not to stay there. She lost her confidence for months, but she doesn’t want to choose to stay in a dark place where she always locked herself out from everyone. The life she is now sharing to everyone is the “new life” she has now throughout her healing. She calls this her healing journey.
She started to become more certain about her decisions and know what she wants to do in life; such as keep sharing cancer awareness as what her blog’s purpose is and the most important is “pay it forward” a non-profit project that has been relentlessly doing with herself and 2 other friends who have a vision to make a more positive and interactive community for the childhood cancer patients and families in Saigon; more open to healthy confrontations and know when to avoid the toxic ones; and do more things that she never ever done especially when traveling, such as, jumping off from the cliff, trekking for 1 whole day and half and more extreme adventures. And yes, she would like to do more of this.
The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener
The journey to self-confidence may take you longer than you think. It’s a rollercoaster ride. But first, you have to validate your feeling first. Whenever you feel sad, be sad, happy, be happy, and so on! Feelings change, feel it and then let it go! But the more we keep squashing these feeling inside, the more we are vulnerable to any drawback in life – until then, we find ourselves drowned with a lot of self-pity and uncertainties. However, if we are able to manage our emotions gradually, you are able to do even just one thing that scares you every day. Overcoming fears is by facing it directly, eye-to-eye, face-to-face. Public speaking is one of the greatest fears in my entire life that takes me years before I am able to gain my confidence.
The journey to self-confidence is both fun and scary, but of course you will be proud of yourself to see your confidence soar high!