Jimmy Joaquin 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

14 Responses to “Jimmy Joaquin Maneclang”

  1. 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

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

      • 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

      • Dear Jimmy,

        Thank you so much but without the amazing and courageous people such as your self this wouldn’t be possible. I look forward to learning and adding new stories every day.
        Blessings and gentle hugs.
        Sincerely Cookie

  2. 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.

    • 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

    • 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!

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

    • 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

  4. 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

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

  6. Great words Jimmy.

  7. Awesome! I shared on fb 🙂

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