I was asked to watch the February 16, 2011 episode of ABS-CBN’s Storyline. I’m still in the middle of watching the full video but I’m already feeling sorry for the girl.
When she was in first grade, she imagined herself as a mother fetching her two children at school. She already had simple dreams of having a family. She was raised well by her parents and was given a good life.
In high school, her girl pals would ask each other “May tagos ba ako?” except for her. Because she had not had menstruation even until college. She even noticed her breasts weren’t changing, too. She was already a freshman in college when she started to really worry about her condition and decided to go to the doctor. She was told that it could be normal since her mom had a history of having her menstruation late, too. The doctor advised her to go back if, at 18, she still didn’t have mens.
She waited and waited. She constantly checked if there was any sign of blood. But she turned 18, without any development. So they went to another doctor and had her vagina checked. They learned that she didn’t have vaginal opening, and that she may have had mens but couldn’t come out since it was closed. She also had ultrasound and the result made her feel worse. She had infantile uterus, meaning, her uterus didn’t develop and remained small with the size of an infant’s. Making her realize that she could never have her dream come true – she could never have any babies.
Experts told her she could undergo an operation to fix her closed vagina. But its purpose was just to be able to have a sexual intercourse with her partner. Unfortunately, it was impossible to bear a child.
I feel so sorry for the girl. She was beautiful and she seemed smart. She felt she was pitiful because she couldn’t even call herself a lady or a woman. She compared herself to “Barbie” because her condition didn’t have any difference with Barbie’s.
Young girls and older women complain when they have menstruation and when they have lotsa kids. (Some even kill their own). Little do they know, that there are few ones out there wishing that they can experience asking if they have stain on their shorts or their skirt, or if they have extra pad, or have life in their womb.
And just like her, we should put our best foot forward despite our weaknesses and deficiencies. Not being able to get what we have always wanted in life doesn’t mean that we can never do anything at all. We should think and analyse ourselves. Know our strong points and live on.
To you, Jessica Salunguit, you are truly an inspiration. Keep your faith alive and surely, you’ll go places. Stay strong and keep inspiring everyone.