It’s everybody’s wildest dream to eat as much as they want to but never gain weight. Many people are actually taking delight in this bodily trait because they have fast metabolism. However, you might want to reconsider this pipe dream after knowing Patricia Banawa’s case.
In November of 2017, Patricia trended on the web after her story went viral. She narrated that all her life, she has always been weight-shamed. People would also often tell her to eat, despite the fact that she does eat a lot.
“Wala na ako ibang nadinig sa tao kundi. ANG PAYAT MO, PARANG DI KA NAKAIN. Sa totoo lang po, don sa ibang taong nakakaalam ng lahat. Alam nila na sobrang takaw ko. Mayat maya po ako nakain. Kahit po isang buong cake ng red ribbon ihain niyo saken eh kaya ko ubusin. Daig ko pa ang may alagang anaconda sa tiyan kasi mayat maya ako gutom at kain ng kain. Pero wala padin.”
Probably, to shed light on her unchangeable weight, Patricia finally revealed that she is suffering from scoliosis. Her illness hinders her from gaining weight no matter how much her food intake is.
According to Mayo Clinic, scoliosis causes curvature to a person’s spine. It can develop deformities and disability. Severe scoliosis reduces the space for the lungs, making it dysfunctional.
As for Patricia, she disclosed that she often suffers from nausea and has trouble breathing. However, in return, people would say she is just overreacting.
“Hindi po ako nag iinarte oh ano. Sadyang masakit lang po talaga. Minsan di ko na alam gagawin ko kapag nasakit. Hirap din kapag nakatayo ka ng matagal. Ang pakiramdam mo. Namimilipit yung mga internal organs mo sa sakit, nasusuka kang ewan. Pati sa paghinga hirap din kasi sa paglala ng sakit at pagliko ng spinal cord. Affected pati ang lungs, naiipit. Nag cacause ng hirap sa paghinga.”
Nonetheless, Patricia didn’t get swayed by her condition. Thus, she gauged her confidence to win a beauty pageant.
“Hindi naging hadlang na bangkilo yung likod ko at sakit ko para matupad ang isa sa mga pangarap ko noon na maging isang beauty queen. Sabe ko kahit hindi manalo, makasali lang. Pero dahil god is good. Nag 1st runner up pa.”
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