Health is a major concern for me ever since I gave birth to my daughters. Everyone in my close circle (my family, close friends, etc.) know that I don’t have stable work and because of this I wasn’t able to get health insurance for myself, my daughters, or for my parents.

Just last month, I was facing a dilemma wherein my diabetic father was undergoing a health problem. I was so worried, torn, and stressed that I cried my heart out while praying. I was sleepless because I was afraid that something would happen to him and I won’t be able to hear him (he’s staying in another room). I was also worried because he might catch the virus since he’s going out during the day and traveled from the province to our home sometime before he got sick. I was afraid that if he got it, he might infect me, my daughters, and nephew. Well, these are just some of the concerns since I can’t stop myself from thinking this way due to the pandemic happening around the globe. Thankfully, we were able to contact his doctor and got an appointment from her secretary. On that same day, he was checked and got prescriptions online! All these are done through video call on Zoom. Of course, nothing beats the physical check-up but because of this pandemic, it is better to shy away from the hospital as much as possible. And by the grace of God, we overcome this health dilemma and my father is well now.

The pandemic going on right now really changed a lot of things. Most people would rather not visit the hospital for check-ups and instead treat their sickness at home. This is quite sad because there are illnesses that need to be checked by professional doctors especially if they have underlying conditions just like my father who has diabetes. I am always on check if he is taking his maintenance medicines, always reminding him that exercising for 30 minutes a day and having a healthy lifestyle is good for him. Having a diabetic person in my family is not only my care but to everyone in our home. Even my daughters would remind their grandfather that it’s not good to eat lots of rice or drink alcohol because of his condition. We are all conscious of the needs, the dos and don’ts of a diabetic person. I would explain to him that it would be better for him to listen and understand our concerns.

It’s a good thing that there are health institutions for Chronic Diseases that can help and support the Filipino families in undergoing health challenges. One of these health institutions is Sanofi.

Sanofi, a healthcare institution with a good background and track record to diabetes care, continues to advocate programs to improve the state of diabetes here in our country. They have this “Panata” wherein no family should be left behind. Taking care of someone with diabetes or chronic disease is a family affair. I agree with their Panatang Sanofi that “we are one family and we will move together for a healthier Philippines”. Their advocacy is disease awareness that focuses on diabetes, hypertension, and chronic kidney disease.

Patients with chronic disease like these mentioned are supported through holistic support and educate them to pursue proper wellness (nutrition and physical activity). They believe that healthcare should be as individual as you are. Just as each person is an individual, with their own strengths and challenges, and type of diabetes. Your type.

As someone who has a family member with a chronic disease, I’m really glad to know about the advocacy and commitment that Sanofi has for every Filipino family. #PanataNgPamilya, #PanatangSanofi.