Stories from our PALs

Dazel's work against stigma & discrimination


Dazelle’s first appearance in DZMM Teleradyo’s Magandang Gabi Dok. (in photo L-R: Former PLM Staff Lorna Lumiaoan, Dr. Belen Dofitas-PLM Pres., Hosts Nina Corpuz & Dr. Luisa Puyat of DZMM Teleradyo).


Ako si Dazelle    …sana huwag kayo lumayo kahit malaman nyo na nagkasakit ako ng...Read More »

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.

It began as a reddish, numb swelling on the top of his left...Read More »

Sheila's hope

Dear Friends,

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.  Right now, I feel grateful that I am...Read More »

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....Read More »

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....Read More »

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