“why venture to a diagnostic center?” they asked, and me? I said, “why not?”
Sharing this journey and sharing my why’s.
Backing track, a bit
The past couple of years in my IT – Digital Accessibility career, I’ve been working full-time as an Independent Contractor / Consultant. From a sheltered full-time 9 to 5 worker in the corporate world, I bravely jumped into consulting and I can say that this has been one of the best decisions I made. Not only that I control my time, but I’ve already been working remotely right even before the pandemic struck, and not to mention, all my clients are overseas.
The road though hasn’t always been smooth. Countless rejections here and there, especially in my homeland, but the biggest breakthrough happened when the pandemic hit. Finally, people, especially in the borders of US and Europe truly realized the value of digital inclusion and insensitivity aside, I’m one of the lucky few who reaped the sweet benefits of this bitter crisis.
So, what does this Consulting career has to do with this current diagnostic center venture?
Well, first, the fruits of my hardwork made it possible for me to set aside funds; my capital investment in putting up this laboratory.
Second, I took advantage of my blindness to take part in solving the growing problems of digital inaccessibility while making it my primary source of bread and butter. so why not do it in the health aspect of my life? I’m a Lupus warrior, I know how it is to be in a patient’s shoe, so again, why not make a difference in this area and make a living all at the same time? And that’s where the core of this dream lies.
In my IT accessibility job, I took this path because I experienced first-hand how difficult it is to be blind in a digital world that is not inclusive and inaccessible. I took the path less traveled, walked with fellow visionaries and pushed a digital world that is inclusive for all users, and that includes people with disabilities like me. proud to say that I played my part and made a mark. probably not here in our country, but yeah, hoping that the Philippines follows through in terms of digital accessibility.
Relating it to my health journey, it’s a closely similar story. As someone diagnosed with a rare and delicate medical condition, I know too well how it feels to be terribly sick, yet still needs to travel in other bigger nearby provinces or in the metro just to take diagnostic tests. Travelling 8 hours in spite of being sick and weak back then, simply because I have no other choice. Not to mention the financial burden on top of my health battle, gas, food, and hotel expenses.
Now that God gave the means, and the universe conspired, Dr. Kathy Noscal and I, both of us are Lupus survivors, we saw this opportunity to somehow make a difference for our kababayan’s in Nueva Vizcaya. We’re not claiming to solve all the problems, but this is to collaborate with and compliment the current health care system here in the province; to somehow fill what is lacking. Hopefully to at least lessen the burden and bring the convenience that I have not fully enjoyed when I was still heavily battling my illness.
It’s definitely an answered prayer that God provided all the people and all the resources. So, this time around, like in my accessibility job, wherein I was given the rare opportunity to make a difference in my own simple way, I hope to do the same in the health care system of our humble province.
Together with my partners, we aim to slowly provide a more complete list of available diagnostic tests to the people of Nueva Vizcaya. This is not just to help in diagnosing illnesses, but to hopefully help the people to walk the path of wellness.
- We brought here machines and equipment’s being used by highly trusted and respectable medical institutions in the city.
- We made sure to keep our prices competitive and very affordable to all.
- We are inclusive and we prioritize the needs of senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
- We train our staffs to ensure efficiency, dependability and that they would be able to deliver the highest quality of service to our patients.
- Not to mention, the techy me aimed to bring a digital and fully automated information system into our business which would eventually translate convenience to our clients.
Just like when I bravely stepped out of my comfort zone in the corporate world, I am once again challenging the odds and boldly taking this step to start a new adventure. I am once again diving into the unknown, yet as always, fully entrusting everything to the almighty.
I’m no philanthropist, but I sincerely want to make a change, regardless of how small; to always be part of the solution, no matter how insignificant it may seem.
I’ve been through a couple of life and death moments and they taught me the essence and value of life. It is to not just simply live, but it is to have a life; a meaningful one.