Many of us believe there’s nothing we wouldn’t do to ensure the happiness and well-being of our family members. This sentiment generally holds true, though as we grow older and start our own families, dropping everything to help a loved one in need can become challenging.
While small acts of kindness and being available to talk are things most of us can manage, what if a family member needed you to give up your job, travel halfway across the world, and dedicate your life to their care?
Fortunately, for most of us, we won’t have to face this question. But Chris Punsalan, a content creator and musician from the Philippines, did.
According to reports, Chris’s family resides in Nevada, but his 96-year-old grandmother lives in the Philippines. This arrangement worked well until his grandmother ran out of caregivers. Her family considered sending her to a care home, but Chris was willing to go above and beyond, committing to an action that very few of us would contemplate.
In short, Chris made the decision to uproot his entire life and return to the Philippines to serve as his grandmother’s full-time caregiver.
Speaking to ABS-CBN a few years ago, Chris explained, “She took care of me and I would hate to see her go to homecare, which is where I feel most grandparents go in America. They go to home care because nobody is able to take care of them.”
Chris, who had already gained a following online due to his work as a content creator, likely couldn’t have predicted that his decision would become a viral sensation. He chose to embrace this new journey by sharing videos, including one depicting a typical day with his grandmother.
“To see her forget who I am sometimes and for me to have to remind her,” he revealed. “That’s probably one of the more difficult things because it’s a constant reminder that life is very fragile, and it’s very short.”
Although Chris is living apart from the rest of his family and has undoubtedly made significant sacrifices to care for his grandmother, this compassionate young man considers himself fortunate to be able to spend so much time with his elderly relative.
Chris sets an inspiring example for all of us. His story reminds us of the power of love and selflessness. Share this article on Facebook to help us in our mission to keep readers around the world entertained and informed.