MANILA, Philippines – The inspiring story of a board passer of the October 2022 Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) has gone viral. Arnold Morales proved that chronic kidney disease and taking dialysis would not deter him from achieving his dream of becoming a licensed teacher.
|Arnold Morales passed the October 2022 Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) despite battling chronic kidney disease | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Arnold Morales|
In a post on Facebook, Arnold proudly shared the good news that he passed the board exam for teachers. Even more impressive, he revealed that he was able to do that despite having undergone dialysis for 5 years.
He wrote, “Akala ko yung LET ang tatapos sa buhay ko, buti na lang ako yung tumapos sa kanya. Little did you know, isa akong dialysis patient sa loob ng limang taon.”
Arnold admitted that he didn’t expect to still be able to reach such an achievement due to his circumstances. He encountered difficulties during the review, but he was unfazed and persevered. And despite everything, he was grateful that God had been by his side the entire time.
He added, “Hindi ko akalaing makakakuha pa ako ng ganitong achievement sa kabila ng aking sitwasyon. Ang dami kong silent battles during review na ako at ang pamilya ko lang ang nakakaalam (physical, emotional, financial) -lahat na yata?” Pero sobrang bait ni Lord, hindi niya ako pinabayaan at kinaya ko pa rin!”
The newly-licensed teacher encouraged those who failed the exam to keep working toward their goal. He hopes that his story will inspire others to fight and believe that everything has a perfect time. When it’s meant to be, nothing, not even illness, can keep you from achieving your goals.
Arnold wrote, “Sa mga kapwa ko ka-guro na hindi pa pinalad. Sana ay maging inspirasyon ito sa inyo kahit papaano para magpatuloy pa ring huwag sukuan ang pangarap na lisensya. May tamang panahon para sa lahat.”
“Hindi kailangan ipilit, hindi kailangan madaliin dahil kung ito’y para sayo, marami mang hadlang, tadhana na ang kikilos at kusang gagawa ng paraan upang ito’y makamtan. Basta’t samahan lang ng sipag, tiwala sa sariling kakayahan at higit sa lahat pananalig sa Panginoon. Padayon lang!” he added.
Arnold went viral last year after sharing his story of battling chronic kidney disease while still pursuing a degree in BSED-Filipino at Tayabas Western Academy.
Arnold is still on dialysis while waiting for a kidney donor.
— Sally, The Summit Express