Stories from our Pals

A pedicab driver’s story

Contributor: Pearl Weena Sabido, MD

Juan, a pedicab driver, was diagnosed with leprosy (Hansen’s disease). He has since lost his home, been abandoned by his wife, and even had his own parents turn their backs on him.

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Sheila’s Hope

Let me tell you something about myself. I look unusual with dark patches on my face. My skin looks dark and reddish but, despite my physical appearance, my friends say that my smile and my laughter bring light to the room.

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The Story of Baby and the Hansen’s Club

Baby, now aged 47, proudly claims to be one of the very first members of the Hansen’s Club of Philippine General Hospital, having been stricken with leprosy back in February 1997. She recalls how she was diagnosed with the disease, which began as a reddish, elevated spot on her arm

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The Story of Lorena

Lorena (not her real name) told me how she would have been a teacher (BSEEd, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education) had she not stopped school because of the death of her mother. By then, she also started developing signs of leprosy (thickened reddish skin or infiltrations) in her body.

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