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She Changed Me

If there’s one choice that I would never regret having, that would be having my daughter. She came at the least expected time. She was unplanned and unintended, a product of naive and unwise choices. …

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10 Years of Battle

A story of love, life and rejections of an HIV victim I asked the Lord to give me a chance not for myself but for the people that I love.   Not everybody has the …

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Second Chances

I sulked in the sadness of the changes of my life, things are not the same.   Everything came fast and easy for me. I started working at a young age and eventually went up …

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Carried in His Arms

“…there were even times that my father had to carry me on his shoulders just so I could attend school.”   I’m Michelle from Cainta, Rizal. Before I joined Virtualahan, I was already a graphic …

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Two Battles in One Lifetime (part 2)

Rather than a victim, I see myself as a survivor.   On My Feet From 16 to 19 years old. These were important years of my recovery. By this time, I could no longer stand …

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Two Battles in One Lifetime (part 1)

Rather than a victim, I see myself as a survivor.   I just turned 47. But thirty-two years ago, my family and I never expected I would reach this age. We all thought I would …

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Just as Something Ends, Something Begins

We could, and we will, always find a way to find light and bring back the hope.   Hi! I’m Philip John Valenzuela. You can call me Phil or JV and I am from batch …

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The Ad-ticement (advertisement-enticement)

I was amazed with the enticing add that I could do my work in the comforts of my home.   I started to pack my clothes, toiletries, and other things that I would need for …

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Braving the Stigma

Sometimes it felt like I was losing my identity. I was trapped in a world I could not get out of, all alone because no one understood.   Early this year, Claudine Barretto (a famous …

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Born Different

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 …

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I’m Quadriplegic

I’m scared that I would drown in my own voice of hopelessness and no one is listening. I’m Ronniel. I’m fondly called Ron by the people around me. I was part of the 14th batch …

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Red

A tiny bruise could cause me to bleed profusely to the point of draining me with my own blood. People love the sights of red because it reminds them of beautiful things like roses, apples, …

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The Good and Hopeful

“Don’t be afraid and have courage so that people will not pity you. Even if you have a disability, prove that you can. Show them who you are and be true to yourself. You don’t …

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Pain and Love of a Father

….I just have to rest that thought in acceptance that I could be the father I could be, in ways that I can. Pain…people loathe even the mere thought of it. And as much in …

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My Eyes in the Dark

I have always found bliss in my blindness. Life is a series of choices! This means our options are not just between a YES or a NO, but a lot of combinations of both or …

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My Cerebral Palsy and Me

…my parents were already informed that their child would live a difficult life. Cerebral Palsy (CP) is an incurable movement disorder that generally appear during child birth or shortly after birth. People with CP usually …

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Unmet Expectations

I bear the semblance of what is “normal” in the eyes of many. But as time goes by, I realize that I am not among them at all. This has been a lifetime quagmire I’ve …

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How Her Love Changed

“She was scared to get near me and thought that my psoriasis is something contagious…” What’s worse than being rejected by the person you love the most? Nothing! Rejection is something we all are scared …

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The Island Ride

“Sometimes, bad things happen to prepare us for the better things to come.” I am Arlene Cañete from Catarman, Camiguin. My hometown is a small island in Northern Mindanao. Though it is a tiny place, …

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I Hear Life’s Music

I was not born deaf. I was perfectly normal until life had its turns. When I was nine years old, I got infected with bacterial meningitis after I brought home my sick classmate. I never …

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While I Was Reaching for My Dreams

When you see me now you might think that I have never gone through a difficult past. That’s because I have finally recovered from the physical, mental and psychological storms I experienced. But let me …

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A Special Child to A Special Mom

You have come this far…a dweller for nearly half a century. A lot of stories to tell, a lot of memories to behold, but when you reflect on your life, is it really gold? I …

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Rejection: A Norm for PWDs

People with Disabilities are everywhere. Most are constrained in homes, others are left no choice but to be in the streets and beg. They are at home, or they choose to be at home, mainly …

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Imperfectly Perfect

I am Anne Honelyne Rigor fondly called Honey by my friends. I have Noonan Syndrome. Though it is a common genetic syndrome associated with heart disease still, not many people are familiar about it especially …

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Betrayal (a story of a single mom)

Only a three-syllable word, but means so much. The impact it gives tramples walls and breaks the strongest defenses. It ruined lives, divided homes and killed hopes built for years. The pain that follows is …

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Surviving Stage 5 Diabetes

Suffering from a chronic illness is something many could not understand. We go through a situation that we know we could never get out of yet we struggle with life just to survive not for …

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The Icing on the Cake

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 …

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Adapting to Change

For some, change is good since it breaks life’s monotony and adds on to colorful details to the ordinary. But for many, change isn’t as easy as it seems especially when it makes them get …

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Of Motorbikes, Accidents, and Life

Almost a decade ago, I was at the prime of my life. I had traveled to and fro in several countries across the world and explored many places of opportunities. I worked as a manager …

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Muscles Shrinking, Hopes Expanding

Life as they say is never fair. Many are privileged but many are not. Well, for years in my existence I had always thought of the unfortunate events in my life. I have asked the …

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