“No man is an island” you cannot get more cliché than that, but it is most certainly true especially for people who live with diabetes.
Diabetes affects 6.3% of adults in the Philippines as of May 2020 according to the International Diabetes Federation. It is also one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the country. And the numbers are increasing rapidly affecting not only adults but also kids.
Just like most families in the Philippines, ours is no stranger to diabetes. My maternal grandmother died from it, my mom recently passed away because of diabetes, my dad has been living with it for more than 30 years, and I was diagnosed with it when I was just 15 years old.
It is not easy to see loved ones leave this world because of it and knowing that you have it too makes it more terrifying.
But if there is one thing good that diabetes brought us, is that it binds us closer together. When I was diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus type 2 it did not become a personal battle for me. It became a family endeavor for me to live a happy and normal life.
I am grateful that my family understood the lifestyle I should have as a teen with diabetes. I remember my mom and my aunt would always be there with me during my regular checkups for them to understand how we should cope up with it. As they say, “knowing is caring”. While my dad would encourage me to be active and I became part of my high school volleyball varsity team.
Indeed, living with diabetes is hard because of all the restrictions, especially with food, but having a strong positive and loving support group, such as my family, makes it easy.
Every diabetic patient needs and deserves to have strong support from their families and their communities just like what I had growing up and until now that I already have my own family. Good thing Sanofi, the leading healthcare institution in the Philippines that advocates for diabetes care launched the #PanataNgPamilya, #PanatangSanofi.
Caring for Diabetes takes a village, the care and love that we have for our loved ones should be the core in facing this chronic disease. Check the video to learn more:
Sanofi believes that diabetes care should be as personalized for every individual and every type. Your Type. And this is where family ties play an important role in its management. As a proofpoint for Sanofi’s panata in the diabetes fight, Sanofi aims to educate how Filipino families can pursue proper wellness (proper nutrition and physical activity). This aims to give everyone an opportunity to live a healthier and normal life – and collectively create a healthier Philippines!