Rheanna's narrative was really something that helped to encapsulate another perspective to add towards the overarching narrative of how Filipino-American Health is in America and how it is progressively affecting Filipino communities. For her family, they mostly struggled with things such as
I think the hardest thing sometimes is to learn to accept what has happened to our families in the past, and try our best to keep moving forward and keep being able to move forward and make healthier decisions.
I myself have been making a lot of progress in my own development in my own personal health. Learning to not torture myself by removing what foods I love from my life completely, but trying to find better alternatives and adding more foods that are good for me into my body. And personally, I am actually quite overweight, and I want this year to be a year of change for myself. TMI... But at the very start in this class was actually 175lbs and as of right now I am about 158lbs. I honestly cried at how much I was able to lose and I couldn't believe it. I felt as though I needed the reason to be more justifiable before. Because before what I did wasn't for myself, I had eating disorders and really wasn't losing weight in a healthily. Plus, it wasn't for myself because it was to have others accept me as their definition of beautiful. But now my intentions have become more for making myself feel better and more energized in daily life, and making myself feel more confident and comfortable in my own skin because I wanted to, and not because of anyone else. I think that is a way in which I can help myself and others in the Filipino-American community with health problems feel better about themselves by sharing this.