Stories from our Pals


Dodong Pilar

I will not allow stigma to affect me

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May Pag-Asa

Dermatology at Philippine General Hospital wrote: “Sa bawat pasyenteng dumadaan sa aming mga pintuan, alam namin na may kanya-kanyang silang dalang istorya, karanasan, at damdamin. Minsan masaya, minsan mahirap, minsan mabigat. Bilang mga doktor, pangarap namin ang mapagaan ang inyong sakit, pati na rin ang inyong mga pinagdadaanan.

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World NTD Day 2020

PLM Celebrates World NTD Day

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In photo L-R: Former PLM Staff Lorna Lumiaoan, Dr. Belen Dofitas-PLM Pres., Hosts Nina Corpuz & Dr. Luisa Puyat of DZMM Teleradyo

Dazel’s work against stigma & discrimination

Dazelle’s first appearance in DZMM Teleradyo’s Magandang Gabi Dok.

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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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