“New Normal” Stories of Resilience, Resilience, and Perseverance

It has been 8 months since the first case of coronavirus was reported in the Philippines on January 30, 2020. Every person’s life is at stake. As the number of reported cases increases, so does the level of anxiety and depression. Many businesses are losing income; workers have lost their jobs; they are followed by unemployment and poverty, students adapting and coping with their current teaching methods and, of course, advanced countries and health workers who risk their lives. All people around the world are suffering and adapting to this so-called “new normal”. Every movement has its own limitations: Wearing those annoying masks or face shields and maintaining social distancing. And for 8 months we have not yet developed a vaccine. While everyone is complaining, stay in their homes and pray; there are those who chose to fight despite the situation. We must always keep such people on our side. Such people are a source of hope and inspiration. Their strength, resilience and pandemic resilience is something we all should have.

In today’s article, we have selected three different people talking about resilience and resilience despite the pandemic.

First, Dr. Carmina Fuentebella is one of those countless brave healthcare professionals who have fearlessly got in the way and fought Covid-19. At the UST hospital where she works, she took a close look at how the virus can destroy the human body and how patients with Covid-19 need help. In the end, she herself contracted the disease before her 27th birthday, which she celebrated as a patient with COVID-19. There she was placed in an isolation room that looked a lot like her patients when she was helping. In an interview with INQUIRER.net, Dr. Fuentebella talks about his struggle to survive and defeat Covid-19. She tells how hard it was in an isolated room, where it seemed to her that she was being slowly killed, she literally felt the clock ticking every second. She almost lost hope and even asked God why she had to endure such a misfortune – after all, she was just doing her job as a doctor. She almost wanted to give up.

At her 27th birthday celebration, she said she had no expectations, but when she woke up in the morning, she saw the nurses hanging a poster on the walls that read “Happy Birthday.” And her friends had to make cakes, and residents of the same department even came and sang “Happy Birthday”, fully dressed in their PPE. She also received more video greetings than her past birthdays.

Dr. Fuentebella was also asked if she would be able to return as a frontline after she recovered, and she responded in the affirmative, saying that caring for her patients is a doctor’s job, but it takes more than just a knowledge of medicine to be completely cured. those who are suffering. And sympathetically, she hoped to let her patients know that they were carrying the burden of their illness alone, that there was someone who would fight them – just like all the people who fought her. There she prayed for a faster recovery and was grateful to her friends, relatives, families and other people who are always with her. She has now recovered from the coronavirus and has regained her strength to fight again.

The way she risked her life and fought Covid-19 to be with and care for her patients is a story of perseverance, resilience and resilience.

Next on the list is Ms. Lorena S. Mendoza, a 46-year-old teacher from Langkaan Primary School. For 26 years, Madame Mendoza has been studying Filipino subjects and has led various generations, some of which are already descendants of her former students. A typical class teacher, but her younger colleagues have always admired her dedication to the profession over the years. In March 2019, Madame Mendoza was diagnosed with breast cancer. In April of the same year, she underwent surgery and took 7 months off to recover. In January 2020, she was reinstated from service, albeit against the will of her family. The pain of suddenly leaving class on weekdays while on vacation is worse than any other medical procedure she has undergone, she said. The silence of the morning is deafening than the school noise she has become accustomed to over the past decades.

As Langkaan Primary School is adapting online and modular forms of distance learning for the 2020-2021 school year, Madame Mendoza was initially enrolled in teaching modular classes. It would be difficult for her to use technology or gadgets as a reason for choosing modular training, she said. Her health is at risk. Soon, various print modules were loaded on her disk, and this forced her to switch to online training.

Ma’am Mendoza subscribed to the list of students who will study online. She knew it would be hard. Inspired by her younger colleagues, she made it her mission to learn continuously from her mobile phone and laptop, complementing her ward and school classes with self-study. She would also ask for help from her children, who are well versed in technology.

Madame Mendoza, having learned about the brilliance of technology, proudly shares her results with her colleagues. Thus, they receive their respect for her deep and sincere commitment as a teacher.

And so, Ms. Mendoza, a seasoned teacher currently battling cancer, is working hard in technology-assisted learning to ensure continued learning for her students.

At a time like this, we need people like Mrs. Lorena S. Mendoza. Her dedication and dedication against all odds for her love of teaching is excellent. This is another story that speaks of resilience and resilience.

Finally, we have Louis Animas, a 10th grade student at UP High School in Iloilo, who was selling cashew nuts to buy the gadgets he would need for the upcoming school year. He talked about how he managed to overcome the effects of the pandemic and how worried he was when he heard on the news that the upcoming school year would be online and distance learning. He does not have the devices needed for this kind of learning, and they are also not financially stable. Instead of thinking of it as a problem, he thinks of it as a challenge.

He said he needed to be optimistic and productive, and then finally decided to sell cashew nuts with two goals in mind: first, to raise funds to buy tools for the upcoming online course, and second, to help his shoppers increase their immune system. as one of the ways to combat Covid-19.

His sales journey was not easy, but he was persistent and determined to achieve his goals. Initially, he had about 5, 18, 20 kg of cashew nuts for sale, which turned into 75 kg.

He was also grateful for the generosity and full support of his family, friends, coaches, anonymous sponsors, ASTROFIL Spain-Philippines and the UPV community, which gave him the strength to support his project, which brought him success.

The aforementioned stories of resilience and resilience can inspire and inspire us in times like these. Everyone was not born a fighter, but chose to become one. Difficulties made them warriors. If they can do it, then they can.

There is hope. Strive harder. And everything will work out!

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