Like most students during graduation, Marion Agner proudly posted his graduation photo on his Facebook account last April 4. But his picture was no ordinary graduation picture. Why? First, his Facebook post drew much attention from netizens because his story is such an inspirational one. As of this writing, it has already garnered 73, 000 likes, 7, 494 shares and almost 2, 700 comments and still counting.
Last April 4, a day before graduating with a degree in Psychology at De La Salle University-Lipa, Marion posted two very different photos on his Facebook wall. The post below will explain why.
Marion suffers from a condition called anhidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, which Agner was born with. According to research, it is a rare skin condition — which affects only one out of 100,000 people– characterized by the abnormal development of ectodermal tissues such as skin, hair, teeth and sweat glands. His schooling years were not that easy, but he didn’t give up, and instead, his post proves that beauty is only skin deep and his graduation message is the most inspiring thing that you’ll read today.
The Facebook post reads:
I don’t know how am I going to start this but I’m so thankful and blessed from what I’ve reached in my life. Thank you so much, God.
Yes, that’s me on both photos and I know you’re thinking that I look different. I was born with Anhidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia which means I don’t have sweat glands and even my physical appearance is affected but my mind and my heart are just the same as yours. I just learned how to fix myself when I was in 3rd year college and I’m not ashamed of myself because I know everyone deserves a little changed.
It has been a tough journey for me and finally, I made it. From all the judgments and rejections I received from others just because of I’m different. From all rumors I’ve heard about me and for those people who think I can’t make it, thank you for being my motivation. There were times that I would like to give up but I told myself that I need to keep on fighting because that’s the real meaning of life. You need to learn how to fight and stand on your own feet. Having this kind of condition is not a hindrance to achieve my goals in life.
I would like to say thank you to my family for always being there. Mama and papa, thank you for all your sacrifices, understanding, and love. I know it has been challenging for us to make everything possible but you didn’t give up and gave me a chance to live and to realize how beautiful life is. Thank you for sending me to a prestigious school and 14 years of paying my tuition fees is not a joke.
To all of my friends and former classmates whom I’ve met since elementary until now, thank you for making me feel that I belong and I’m worthy. Thank you for the love that you are showing to me, you’ve been with me in my ups and downs. Thank you for always comforting and encouraging me. I won’t forget all of you.
And of course, to all of my teachers since elementary, high school, and my professors in college, thank you for being part of my journey. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and values that I could apply in daily life basis.
Animo La Salle!
Para sa mga estudyanteng suko na sa acads, wag susuko. Kung pagod ka na, pahinga lang yan. Kung kinaya ko, mas kaya nyo din. Don’t be afraid to accept failures.Normal lang yan. Syempre estudyante ka. Just believe on yourself and keep on moving forward. Mahirap pero super worth it sa huli.
(P.S For those students who are about to give up on their studies, don’t give up. If you’re tired, you just need to rest for a while. If I was able to make it, then you can, too. Don’t be afraid to accept failures. It’s normal, because you’re a student. Just believe on yourself and keep on moving forward. It may be a difficult road but it’s super worth it.)