Life is full of struggles; evolution, human history and civilization have been shaped by one element, struggle. We live and stand today, as a testament to those who have gone before us, who struggled before us. In turn we too are engaged in struggle, in all forms and in all fields we are still at it. In this installment of The Road to the Philippine Blog Awards: Finalists’ Spotlight; we feature a blog that has been both witness and herald for one blogger’s own struggle. It is also for this reason that this particular blog has been selected as one of the Finalists in the Personal Blog category of the Philippine Blog Awards.
For those who haven’t heard of Pompe’s disease, here’s a little info:
Inherited glycogen storage disorder
Type II glycogen storage disease, also known as Pompe disease, is one of 49 known lysosomal storage disorders. Pompe disease is caused by a deficiency or complete lack of an enzyme called acid alpha-1,4-glucosidase (also called acid maltase). If this enzyme doesn’t work properly, glycogen builds up in the body’s cells and causes damage, mainly to muscles.
As Juan relates in Fight Pompe, the disease manifested itself when he was 10 years of age. At first he was misdiagnosed until a trip to go and see a Muscular Dystrophy specialist in San Francisco, it was made certain that he has Pompe’s disease. He has been fighting it since then, and achieving many wonderful things. From obtaining a college degree to being a co-founder of a creative consultancy firm, to writing for mobile technology magazine, Juan is living a life’s that hopeful, vibrant and a story of human triumph.
All that just erases any doubt as to why he is now among the Finalists in the Philippine Blog Awards. I am grateful that he obliged to do this interview with me, as we hear or read right from him his thoughts on this yet another of his achievements.
1. How does it feel to be nominated for the PBA?
Juan Magdaraog: Well I feel quite honored and blessed to be nominated and be one of the five finalists.
2. Do you know who nominated you?
Juan Magdaraog: Yes.
3. Why do you think your blog was nominated?
Juan Magdaraog: Why? Hmmm… good question. I honestly don’t know why. If I were to hazard a guess, I would think because my blog has a slightly unique niche or perspective. While it is a personal blog, I also consider it as a blog that advocates for Pompe disease and the people who are suffering from it. I guess that’s why.
4. Who do you think will win in your category?
Juan Magdaraog: We’ll find out on March 31. 🙂
5. Why do you think you should win?
Juan Magdaraog: I should win because I need the extra traffic to my blog so that more and more people will become aware of Pompe disease. I think that’s a good reason as any. Hahaha. Seriously, given the caliber of the other blogs nominated, I can’t bring myself to say that I should win. I happy enough as it is to have made to the finals. Winning would be the proverbial “icing on the cake”.
6. What would you do if you win?
Juan Magdaraog: Thank God. Thank my family and friends. Dedicate the win to the 10,000 known people in the world who are suffering from Pompe disease.
7. What do you think of the Philippine blog awards?
Juan Magdaraog: I think that the Philippine Blog Awards is a great idea. I’m glad that some people would like to recognize the excellent Filipino blogs in cyberspace. Blogging is fast becoming a mainstream medium and it’s good that bloggers are also being given their due recognition.
8. Is there a blog that’s not nominated but deserves to be nominated in the PBA?
Juan Magdaraog: There are a lot out there. Too many to name.
9. Would you join the next Philippine blog awards?
Juan Magdaraog: If I’m still eligible to join or if I come up with a new blog then why not. But someone has to nominate me. So really, it’s not up to me but the readers/public.
10. Any messages to your fellow nominees?
Juan Magdaraog: Good luck to all of us. Let’s keep on bloggin!
Right on Juan! Let us keep on bloggin’, never giving up on our goals and dreams. Naks!