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 Quitting is not an option for this strong woman who once survived cancer and now a lawyer.

Irene Joy Mendoza-Ulep, 34, from Batangas went viral on social media after her video was shared over 13k times. "Para sa inyo Tatay, Abogado na ako," Attorney Irene told her dad while emotionally crying in a quick video call after learning the result of the 2020-21 Board Exam Result.

In 2014, Irene was diagnosed with stage 3C germ cell cancer, according to the latestchika report.

“Laging masama ‘yung pakiramdam ko, ang dami kong nararamdaman na masakit. Sabi ng nanay ko pacheck up tayo. Sabi nung doctor ‘mam may cyst po siya kailangan po natin siyang operahan,’” she said.

“Tinanong ako nung doctor, nagiisa ka bang anak? Sabi ko hindi po, may kapatid po ako. Are you married? Hindi pa po. Sabi niya magpapatest tayo, I think you have cancer. Sabi ko sige po Dra. Pero hindi pa nagsisink in sakin that time,” she added.

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Her ultrasound result found out that she had a 13cm cyst. "Nung inoperahan siya kasing laki siya ng watermelon."

She started undergoing chemotherapy after her operation, but she never stop for her goal to become a lawyer someday and juggle her time while she go through for treatment.

After she graduated in law school in 2016, Irene decided to enroll in a Bar review center along with her husband.

She took her first Bar exam in 2019 but she failed. Irene could not forget the last words of her late supportive mom, who inspired her to continue pursuing her dreams. "Magiging attorney ka."

In 2018 she was declared cancer-free. She then decided to didecate full time in her review for the 2020 Bar exam.

Finally she was among the 8,241 examinees who passed the Bar Exams.

“Tinawagan ko siya, na ‘Tatay, abogado na ako.’ Tuwang-tuwa siya, umiiyak siya. Nandito na ‘ko, cancer survivor and now a lawyer. Thank you, Lord,” she said.

“Pumapasok ako no’n, alam ‘yan ng mga professors ko sa Centro Escolar—naka-wig ako, ang putla-putla ko. Minsan hindi ako pumapasok sa school, kailangan pumunta ng asawa ko para sabihin na “mam I’m sorry hindi po siya makakapag recite kasi masama ang pakiramdam niya kasi nag chemotherapy siya,” she recalled.

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