Jannie Baluyan

I was fifteen when I gave birth to my son. I was raising a kid when I was just about to figure out the rest of my life. I had to juggle motherhood, schooling and part-time jobs as I watched my peers enjoy their carefree, teenage lives. I battled depression in college and sought medical help. Through it all, it was my mom who taught me to be resilient.

In 2016, I lost my solid rock and foundation. My mom suffered stroke, she was never the same and our lives turned 360 degrees. Within the same year, I was diagnosed with a health condition with no cure.

To be resilient, to accept things beyond our control, and to forgive people who are not sorry – that’s real bravery.

Sometimes, life leaves you with no choice but to be brave. Endure and survive.