“Mahal ko na ang sarili ko”
How to quit smoking: Self-determination and love for oneself
“Binalik ko yung love ko sa sarili ko. At kung love ko yung sarili ko, love ko rin yung surroundings ko.”
For the 53-year-old Emily Bulacan, who has been smoking for 26 years, it only took self-determination and love for herself to stop the habit. Emily started smoking heavily at age 27, and although she does not consider herself as a chain smoker, she still consumed 15 cigarette sticks a day.
She is an aerobics instructor and a resident of Brgy. 662, the adopted community of Manila Doctors Hospital (MDH) where the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) heads the Hospital’s community health program FORGE (Fostering Oneness Responsibility Growth and Empowerment). She is also active in the community and serves as one of the barangay health workers.