Food has the power to evoke emotional responses for some of us due to its connection with our experiences.
As a person approaches his last days, mostly they would appreciate every precious moment to the fullest by doing the things they love. And of course, eat good food.
Recently, a Stage 4 cancer patient’s farewell message to his favourite Philippines fast-food restaurant has left many crying.
“My Jollibee ❤️❤️❤️“
The manager of a Jollibee outlet in Cebu City, Mechelle Centurias took to Facebook to share a heartbreaking encounter.
The Centurias manager was expecting a customer complaint when she saw a note on a table.
But she found herself in tears when she read the message on the back of a receipt. It was from a stage 4 cancer patient who had his last Jollibee meal before his Chemotherapy.
A translation of the letter written in Cebuano:
“My Jollibee. Thank you for the 32 years. This is the last time that I will be dining here because tomorrow I will start with my chemotherapy.
I have stage 4 cancer. My doctor said that I have 3 months to live. Once again, thank you my Jollibee.
Until my next life. I love you my Jollibee.”
The manager shared a photo of the note to Facebook and said how she failed to hold back her tears while reading it.
I was told that feedback is a gift. But this one is a totally different gift.
According to the post, the customer ate alone at one corner of the store. He also cleaned up his table and put the tray back in the claim area before he left.
Our dining crew saw the note written on his receipt and gave it to me. I thought it was a feedback from a dissatisfied customer but it wasn’t.
Upon reading the note, she immediately looked for the customer at the dining area but sadly, he had left.
I lost the chance of speaking to him and to give him thanks and encouragement.
Despite not being able to meet the patient face-to-face, the manager decided to leave words of encouragement and blessings to him.
To this “brave someone” who just prepared himself for a big fight, we pray for your recovery. The 3 months your doctor gave you can be 3 years or 3 decades or longer.
The touching story has generated thousands of shares and reactions, with many netizens offering comforting messages to the customer.
Proofreader: Anna Wong