Living with MS in the Philippines or should I say, dying?
Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder that is electrical in nature. The myelin sheaths that insulate the neurons cannot function as it is being attacked by the immune system. This causes the neuron to short circuit and ta-da! There’s MS!
Whoever said living with Multiple Sclerosis is easy does not know how bad having it is. Those who do are lying to themselves. It is not easy, nowhere near easy and will never be easy.
MS is deemed nonexistent in the Philippines despite having more than 8,500 Filipinos suffering from it. Why? Well, let’s just say the fault is in the system. Filipinos by nature are sure that what they can’t see with their own eyes does not exist. Until the day when humans develop MRI vision, most Filipinos will not accept the existence of a disease that cannot be cured.
There were many times wherein I cried in front of people after being confronted by fake healers and prophets because my disease is an offense to God. I will never blame God for my disease because I do not see the reason to. However, I blame the incompetence of humanity to know their limitations as they preach morality.
I will never forget the faces of those who told me it was all in my head. Nor will I ever forgive those who denied me my right as a disabled person to access the privileges of people with disabilities. Living with MS in the Philippines is a dance with death. This is not a country you want to live if you have Multiple Sclerosis.