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Filipino Teachers With Type II Diabetes

Organized by: Jose Tirol

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Recently, I discovered ad learned the hard way that some of my previous students in High School became Elementary and High School themselves. They attributed their choice of Professional because of my influence in their lives. Others became engineers, priest, seamen, and business entrepreneurs. When one of these female students who is now a high school teacher found me on Face Book, she told me that she is suffering from Type II Diabetes and is dependent on injectable Insulin. She told me that in her school almost half of the faculty had Diabetes related illness and Hypertension. I sympathize with the ailment being a diabetic myself living in the USA. Comparable to the US diet and the choices of Food Group in the USA, Filipinos are mostly dependent in Foods that are rich in Carbohydrates, example: Banana, sweet potatoes, cassava, rice, sweet corn, which are stomach-filling. Adults and children stuff themselves with these native staples to keep hunger at bay. Looking back, as a child, I was happy to fill my little tummy with these carb-rich foods. As evolutionary disadvantage, Filipino adults have recently been victims of the widespread issue of diabetes. I, myself, have never expected that I will suffer from diabetes until the age of 40. Looking back, when I was teaching, there were days that I just felt very sleepy, less energetic, thirsty, and easily gets angry. I struggled during those days but my family doctor did mention diabetes during my visits.
This female student asked me about the cost of Diabetes Medications in the USA. I told her that if someone has Medical Insurance, it is 80 - 20 coverage. It helps a lot. But, in the Philippines that Medical Insurance, if one chooses, medications is not covered when not hospitalized. She told me that it is always a battle between choosing to put food in the table or buying Glucophage and Insulin.
So, I decided to make this a cause to raise Money to Help Out Teachers in the Philippines
Teachers are needed and they should stay healthy as much as they should.
Please help by giving your little extra cents or dollars.
Thank you.


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Jose Tirol

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