Born Different


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my disability would never dwindle my spirit.


I’m Vladimir Amadeus Felizco Medina, fondly called Vlad by the people around me. I was born and raised in Pasig and I also finished most of my education there. I was diagnosed with a rare bone disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which is also known as brittle bone disease. Other than the brittle bones, this condition also causes the blue tinge to the whites of the eyes, short height, loose joints, hearing loss and breathing problems. This disease generally affects one in every 15,000 people on average and it manifests since birth.

So since I was born, I was already different. I looked different because my bones don’t grow normally. I’m short and I have other physical deformities and medical conditions which were made complicated by the disease. I have to use my walker and my wheelchair whenever I go around. I have to protect my bones from breaking, as well as my lungs from weakening.

I may have this condition but this never stopped me from pursuing my education and eventually my college degree. I have proven to many that my disability would never dwindle my spirit. Instead, I became more determined in life each day knowing that I can do what others can. I have that optimism that sees beyond my limitations. This is why I became so involved in my community. I became president of Bambang PWD Association, Inc. I was also the secretary of Abot-Kamay ng mga may Kapansanan ang Pagunlad ng Pasigueno (AKKAPP) Pasig Federation, Inc. I made sure I take part in inspiring others in life and living.


I continue to pursue the challenges of life and I am excited with what the future could offer me this is why I decided to venture into educating myself with digital skills by enrolling at Virtualahan. I want to acquire more practical knowledge because I want to be productive and active in my work. Most importantly, I want to use technology to help improve my financial status. And if given the chance, I’d like to pursue my graduate studies because I know I still have a lot to learn about the world. I want to surpass my limits as well as the expectations of people. Just like what Walt Disney said, we keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

I want to be an inspiration to others who also have this condition because I believe that we have powerful minds that we could share to the rest of the world.

In the eyes of many, I look strange but in the eyes of the people who genuinely love me, I am extraordinary in many ways. They see the potential I have despite the condition I’m in. Their love and support never waivered. They are there from the beginning until now, never leaving my side. This is why I never lost hope or felt discouraged with life. Because of them, I see the beauty that life could offer as I live through facing my battles everyday.



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