Dr. Gia Sison described her childhood as a happy one. Her parents gave her a lot of opportunities to play, explore, and embrace her youth.
One thing is for sure: “I wanted to be a doctor ever since,” she shares, “And I had no other option.” It wasn’t a choice forced on her by her parents. “Whatever I do, pinapabayaan nila ako.” In fact, her mom and dad were very supportive; they pushed her to pursue her dream, and do it well.
Doc Gia’s parents imparted to her a life of perseverance and courage, citing them as her “shelter.” When she was bullied in school, “they taught me to fight my own battles.” The resolve to stand firm carried over in every challenge she faced. This was especially evident in the times where she did not succeed. “Failures are failures,” she says. “(Through my parents), I learned to see and look beyond the failure, to the lesson in it.”
It’s okay not to be okay
Doc Gia believes that being vulnerable about one’s mistakes has its own brand of magic. “Vulnerability is allowing failure to turn into resilience.” Instead of staying down when we face a trial, she encourages us to embrace it. “Acknowledging weakness and being vulnerable is magic in itself. You really have to hurt to know how to love. You have to be broken to be whole.”
Doc Gia has a strong 100,000 following on Twitter. Many of her followers are millennials who seek her out for advice. She shines her unique light online by engaging them, offering advice and a safe space. “I want the next generation to be healed. I want to help bring restoration into their lives, so they can be a blessing to others.”
Doc Gia’s life of kindness is compassion has a ripple effect on the people around her. Through her daily brand of hope and positivity, she is helping the world become a better place.