For most mothers, selflessness is a second nature. They are always ready to make sacrifices for their families and kids. And some moms have made it their responsibility to care for and protect other people, too, bravely joining the fight against a global pandemic.
Healthcare and medical workers like mommies Milinda Albario, Patricia Vasay, and Tessa Eusebio are among the first responders in hospitals and emergency rooms, tending to people confined with symptoms of coronavirus disease.
“When the COVID-19 outbreak hit the country, my ward was converted into an isolation ward receiving patients with the symptoms. As a nurse, I was assigned to closely administer the patients and was encouraged not to go home to avoid spreading the disease to our family,” shares Albario. “I was very scared and worried, and I was always thinking about my children at home.”
Meanwhile, Vasay was appointed to the pediatric care ward in their emergency room. “During the first few weeks of the quarantine, I felt proud to be at the pediatric care. But as time went on, I felt frustrated because a lot of my co-workers were getting sick, too, and I was scared for myself and my son.”
“We feel scared because you never really know if you’re going to get the virus while at work,” adds Eusebio. “But one thing that motivates me as a doctor is love for my family and my countrymen. I believe that it is a blessing to be able to do what you love most and be of service to others.”
Keeping up with family amid the pandemic
Being on the front lines has lessened the amount of time spent by these moms with their precious kids at home. However, uniforms and duties aside, these strong women recognize that motherhood still comes first and that the safety of their children is their priority.
Policewoman Fatima Lanuza reflects on what being a mother means to her, sharing, “Being a mother has given me a sense of direction and purpose in life. It also taught me to be selfless and consider that every decision I make will affect my children’s future.”
Lanuza is currently assigned at the Minalabac Municipal Police Station and is in charge of ensuring that people stay at home during the quarantine. She expresses gratitude for her kids for being her source of energy on the front line,
“My little ones have been refueling me with their love and appreciation. They would send videos of them clapping as a way to thank frontliners. Just seeing them happy and safe at home makes me feel energized,” she enthuses.
Motherhood has also changed the outlook of volunteer worker and mom of three, Chexcy Lorayna, who shares that her kids have helped her become a better person.
Despite the risks of working during the pandemic, she never fails to give her children some valuable lessons, “I always remind my kids that when we are serving other people, we are also serving God. I help them understand that other people need my help and seeing them behave and try to understand our situation gives me courage and comfort.”
Looking ahead to the future
“There are so many things that I miss about my kids, especially their hugs and kisses. But what I miss the most is time spent with them,” expresses Lorayna. “I believe that love is synonymous with time and I cannot wait to shower them with my affection and attention soon.”
When things go back to normal, these moms want nothing more than to be by their children’s side. Whether it’s play dates, movie nights, or weekend trips, they are looking forward to new bonding moments and enjoying fun activities with their kids again.
And as these selfless moms continue to be strong and caring for their family and the country, they only have one request: Lanuza says, “We appeal to everyone to pray for us, the frontliners, the nation, and our families. This pandemic will soon be over. Please do not leave your homes, so we may live for the future.”
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