MANILA — He faced cancer.
And this Saturday, vlogger Wil Dasovich shared the things he learned from his battle with colon cancer and how he overcame this fear of death, in a time when everyone is cooped up inside their homes, frightened that they may get infected with the coronavirus if they go out.
Dasovich, also known for his stint on “Pinoy Big Brother,” separated his newest video into five parts —fear, empathy, mistakes, positivity, and advocacy.”
In the first one, Dasovich said that “fear is one of the most dangerous forces in this life we live and it could do one of two things to you —it can either make you crumble, retract, and completely debilitate you to the point when you don’t want to live anymore.”
He continued: “On the other hand, fear can make you stronger by making you realize that you have the power to act logically, strategically, and have the ability to do great things, no matter how much fear is deep within you.”
It was back in 2017 when Dasovich began to chronicle through his vlogs his battle with colon cancer, with hopes of inspiring people going through the same challenge.
Last year, he talked about his journey to recovery for the first time in a public forum and stressed the importance of having a strong support system.
Dasovich echoed this message in his vlog while also encouraging his fans to “maintain a positive attitude” during this anxious and stressful time and “instil hope” whenever they can because a positive energy is “contagious.”
Dasovich also used the vlog as an opportunity to apologize to his followers for a gaffe he made during the quarantine period.
He admitted that taking a bike ride around his area to get some exercise and sunlight, even if it was well within the allowed hours during the earlier curfew that was imposed, was “disrespectful.”
He then reminded everyone to take care of themselves, try to stay happy by watching motivational videos or clips that make you laugh, and limit the “news and Twitter dramas.”
“Empathy is what we need right now and that will lead to unity,” he said.
“It’s really easy to let your emotions get the best of you and type something mean online and contribute to the mob mentality. But it takes effort to stop, think first, and assess whether your words or actions will have a net positive impact on the situation,” he added.
In the video's description, Dasovich shared a couple of donation links to organizations helping the fight against the coronavirus.
He also linked to an advocacy he endorses —“Strong for Someone,” which aims to form a community of support among patients, families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.