They say, life is a piece of cake. If I’d compare my life to cakes, I’d say mine would be Dark Forest. Its name is terrifying but the experience once tasted gives heaven’s bliss. The luscious sweetness makes you want for more.

Before I felt the sweetness of life, it had its terrifying twists and turns. Aside from career gos and no gos, I have experienced a part of life that made me cringe in dismay but made me closer to God.  

The year 2011 marks the time that turned my plans and future 180 degrees. In the early months of this year, I had the worst attack of psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis, just to give a little background of it, is a long term inflammatory arthritis. The most classic feature of this autoimmune disease is the swelling of the fingers and toes and the skin in these areas becomes red, scaly and itchy at certain points.

I was in Dubai then, the extreme whether conditions triggered the disease. I was already holding a promising career. I was a store supervisor in a national oil company. My husband and I were together there and somehow lived a good overseas life since we were earning really well but my mishap changed everything.

Getting sick abroad is the worst that could happen to overseas workers because we were not at the comforts of our homes and at the care of our family members. So in my case, everything was just between me, my husband and God. It was hard for us.

I eventually decided to come back and try out other work opportunities here. I resigned from my work and chose my health over my career. I opted to work at the BPO industry for more than six months, however, I resigned because I could not handle the graveyard shift. My psoriasis flared up. But despite it, I am blessed enough that there are certain medications that could help control my worsening condition. I was unemployed for six months because my husband wanted me to fully recover.

As soon as things got better again, I ventured again another pursuit— baking. I opened my home-based cake and pastry business and for four years, I catered for party organizers for their dessert tables. I had a lot of clients who found me online and through referrals. The business really went well but unfortunately, the brain can do more but the body is giving up. My psoriasis was back and I had to consider other options.

Luckily I read about Virtualahan through Psorphil, the organization for people with psoriasis. I took my chances and applied for the scholarship and I was blessed to be one of Virtualahan’s scholars in Team 19.

The training prepared me to the job that I have now. Just a few weeks after the intensive training, I was already hired! Right now I am working as an eBay order processor. This job really helped me because I am not stressed physically and the most importantly my job is home-based, I do not need to travel to and fro just to get to the workplace. I am really happy with what I have now and what I have achieved through the help of Virtualahan coaches.

Life may turn out terrifying at times, but through God and the right people, we would always taste the sweetness of life.

No matter how drastic life is as long as we keep a positive attitude and you have BIG faith in God we will always find the icing on our every cake.



Psoriatic Arthritis

Batch 19

Bacolod City



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  1. To annalie ausan calvo..
    i was touched by your story.. i was once annalie’s client when it comes to cakes n pastries, not just affordble but also a good quality n taste.. i was dismayed when i knew she will no longer bake cakes but i just think positive and think that i know what she is doing is for her recovery.. her sister who happen to be my co-worker in a bpo industry already told me about her situation and that i also want her to get better.
    To annalie and to his hubby IAM PROUD TO BOTH OF U…May God continue to bless u more and bear everlasting love..

  2. Very inspiring story, annie is my bandmate way back college days.. you made a good decision for choosing health over career.. we pray for ur recovery annie..

  3. I praise God for the great things He has done to you Nang Annelie and Nong Flavio. May you continue to be an expression of God’s love and kindness to everyone. Your faith and courage is inspiring that amidst of all the difficulties you went through, you remained steadfast and face daily challenges with a brave spirit. Praying for total healing be upon you and more opportunities to inspire and bless other people. Love you and know that God loves you more. 🙂

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