A.S. Face 0009 : Jimmy Joaquinn Maneclang

I do not ask for you to pity me when I am whining and complaining in pain.

Do not assume that I am trying to get some attention but because I am in pain.

Do not be so quick to judge me when I do from time to time laugh and smile.

Do not assume that I am all better now or that the whole time

I didn’t laugh or smile was when I was faking my illness.

Do not tell me that I did this to myself and I am just being lazy,

unless you yourself experience what I am going through.

Be a little more careful of what you say, do not put me down, do not degrade me

because I deserve to be treated with the same love respect

and dignity just like any other human being.

I am just like you and anyone else, except that I have a bigger cross to bear.

All I am asking is for some understanding, love and support not pity,

resentment, or judgement.

Do not feel sorry for me for what I am going through is a gift from God.

It is a constant reminder that I need Him always


that He is always there for me when everyone else turns there back away from me.

Gurnee, Illinois

United States of America

21 Responses to “A.S. Face 0009 : Jimmy Joaquinn Maneclang”

  1. Very well said Jimmy thank you.

  2. Dear Jimmy,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I absolutely loved this. Amazing!

  3. Beautiful testimony. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  4. Hey Jimmy
    That was very well put.I know what your going through cause I’m also going through it to.

  5. Dear Jimmy,
    I am so thankful that you decided to share your story. This is so powerful and touching. I have actually printed it, to keep in my book of memories.
    Sincerely Cookie

    Cookie Has AS said this on October 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm

  6. Thank you Cookie I am glad you created this page for people to share their stories and experiences with this horrible disease. Gentle hugs!

    Jimmy Joaquin Maneclang said this on October 12, 2011 at 11:08 am

  7. Hello Jimmy,

    I may be the site creator, but only through courageous and amazing people who are willing to share their story makes it possible. I am excited every day to see the new stories or comments and know that I have a part in this amazing journey. Blessings and gentlle hugs to you.

    Sincerely Cookie

    Cookie Has AS said this on October 12, 2011 at 1:35

  8. Jimmy I have never met you but suddenly I have felt this warm touch in my heart for the special way in which you walk with God. You have just made my day and here where I am lying on my bed I suddenly feel much lighter and happier.

    May God keep blessing you and may you keep on using your talent of uplifting others.

    I somehow feel I can call you brother!

    Chris van der Heyde
    Fellow Christian and AS sufferer, Pretoria, South Africa.

    Chris van der Heyde (@ChrisvdHeyde) said this on October 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm

  9. Dear Chris,
    I understand completely what you are saying, he affected me the same way. I look forward to reading your story here on day also.
    Sincerely Cookie

    Cookie Has AS said this on October 10, 2011 at 8:41 pm

  10. Hello there Chris,

    Thank you for your heartfelt message. I am glad you were touched in a special way. You can always call me brother for we are all brothers in Christ. Though we are far away, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. God will always take good care of those who trust in Him. Gentle hugs.

    God bless you!

    Jimmy Joaquin Maneclang said this on October 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

  11. Thank you for your words. I am the AS support Group leader in Spokane, WA.

    Joan Polzin said this on October 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm

  12. Thank you so much. That is amazing to be a support leader! My Hat off to you! Thank you for all you do. I can’t imagine the work involved in doing that, but I kow how important it was to me to know I was not alone. I look forward to you and your support group offering your stories. I only have 980 to go to reach my goal!
    Sincerely Cookie

    Cookie Has AS said this on October 10, 2011 at 10:14

  13. Well said Jimmy – Thank You. I really look forward to my next trip to Chicago and a chance to meet you. May your path be filled with true peace.
    Jim Weatherhead, Centrville, MN

    Jim Weatherhead said this on October 12, 2011 at 2:53 am

  14. Thanks Jim. Looking forward to get a chance to meet you as well. One day I am sure we will. Take care

    Jimmy Joaquin Maneclang said this on October 12, 2011 at 11:15 am

  15. I understand and support you…I dont pity you im inspired by you !

    Deb Wilcox said this on October 15, 2011 at 6:31 am

  16. Great words Jimmy.

    Jake Chegahno said this on October 16, 2011 at 12:36 am

  17. Awesome! I shared on fb

    Diane Scribe Niiganii said this on October 19, 2011 at 4:05 am

  18. Jimmy,

    Those words sum up A.S. to me!! What a great message.

  19. Jimmy, I am having a bad day with pain and pneumonia after my lat treatment. I got on to read some stories to remind myself that I am not alone and just read what you wrote. It truly lifted me up and reminded me that God is part of this and is with me. Sometimes I want to blame him for this disease but I always get reminded somehow that its part of his plan and today your posting mad me remember that.

    Thanks for your message..

    Jim Williams

  20. Wow Jimmy! Very well said! I suffer with AS as well and am thankful that you have been able to express and share that.

  21. Really hit the point with this. So many times I have felt this way. No words able to escape my mouth. No I am armed with the correct response.

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