The Journey Continues...

Every girl should have a friend/cheerleader...the one person who knows your life story and can tell it back to you better than you even remember...just when you need to get back on track...that's what I have...they remind you of who you are and how far you've come...all the obstacles you've overcome and all the victories you've won...and all the failures you've moved on from...

Well, after speaking to my biggest cheerleader, I was remind of a few things...

1. I'm the girl who, left home at 17, in NYC...and never looked back.

2. I'm the girl who, put herself through college, at night, while working full-time and paying her own rent.

3. I'm the women who, graduated from college, 8 months pregnant and alone.

4. I'm the women who, after learning that her baby would be born with a chronic, debilitating illness, did not abort...

5. I'm the women who, after learning that her daughter had two strokes, and would need to be hospitalized at least twice a month for the treatment that COULD save her life, quit her job to care for her.

6. I'm the women who, fought her father and won enough child support to make that happen.

7. I'm the women who, after learning that her daughter was dyslexic and the department of education wanted her to repeat second grade for the 3rd time...Sued the board and won tuition to a private school for students with learning disabilities.

8. I'm the women who, proudly watches her daughter, (sometimes, I'm so proud I can hardly watch) work hard at everything she does...when it is not easy. Reading, writing, winning awards, performing, just blossoming everyday...She is amazing and I don't think I'm bragging when I say, "it is because of me..."

10. I'm the women who, in the mist of all of this, still remembers who she is...a talented, creative, loving women still full of dreams for her own future...

9. ...and now, I am the mom who, will watch her daughter go through a dangerous bone marrow treatment...sigh...chemo, lose her hair, be isolated from her friends and family for 6+ weeks...miss half the school year...her senior year...the year when she wanted to star in the school play and run for class president...because that's the kinds of girl I have her life she sees no obstacles...

For me, it's been overwhelming, but I'm still here and my friend reminded me to remember where I come from and how far...and they suggested Mini and I should have a theme song...something that let's the universe know who we are...something we can sing in transplant and know that everything will be o.k...they choose this one...and Mini and I agree...So, for anyone...doctors, nurses, lawyers, chemo, bone marrow, school, daddies, etc...who thinks about getting in our way, we say, "You Must Not Know 'Bout Me".


  1. You are so lucky to have each other. It seems you really enjoy life and the beauty of it by your blog and photos. In fact, I want you to adopt me!! <3

  2. Wow! I'm honored to have come across such an awesome and inspiring mother.

    My prayers and positive energy go out to you and your daughter during her treatment and recovery.

  3. Remember that you have more than just ONE friend and cheerleader who knows your life story and loves you unconditionally...I consider it more than a friend, but real FAMILY.
    Love you both and ALWAYSALWAYSALWAYS in your corner:-)

  4. You are amazing. And Mini will be is amazing because that's what you show her. Blessings to you both!

  5. Your friend is doubly blessed to have you and your daughter in her life as well. You're in my thoughts for strength and recovery. Best, xox.

  6. Im praying for you and Mini and just when I thought it was rough over here.Great job you're doing! Keep up the good work. Mini will be just fine!

  7. Very emotional read for me.
    I truly wish Mini all the best in her treatments and recovery. You are a strong woman, mother, talent and any other title you so deserve.
    Thank you for sharing this with us, we can all learn from looking how far we've come to help us go ahead in life.

  8. You guys are an inspiration to all single moms and daughters in the world, Oprah needs to do a show about you two...
    You are true warriors, Mini is so brave it is scary. And sharing your story with the world is so important, we can all learn so much from you guys. Love you always...xoxo

  9. every one has a story, yours is inspiring beyond words. your number 7 made me smile bigger than big. long live moms!

  10. beautiful. thanks for sharing, and best wishes to you and your beautiful daughter. xx

  11. Yeah. It really feels good to have someone who knows and love you tell you you're doing a good job. I'm so impressed by you and by Mini and the positive attitudes you have and the closeness you've nurtured. You're an awesome Mom and you and Mini are so lucky to have each other. Saying prayers for you both. Jenny

  12. ...You guys are so kind and put wind in my wings...thank you...I'm on my way.

  13. Girl...I have no words...all I can do...


    You have my prayers and support! This too shall pass! **BIGGER HUG***

  14. I think this is one of the most beautiful posts I have read.
    Although I am grown, I must say that I want to be like you when I grow up.

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  16. Healing thoughts sent to you and Mini.

    My song was DC's "Survivor". Love your choice!!!!

  17. I am praying for you and Mini right now.

    Psalm 20:1-5
    May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;May He send you help from the sanctuary,And strengthen you out of Zion; May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice.May He grant you according to your heart's desire, And fulfill all your purpose. We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.

  18. ive just discovered this blog and found this post to be very inspirational.

  19. wow. really, i realy don't have words to express how this makes me feel. you're beautiful!

    and now that i think about it, i do recall reading here once before that mini had had strokes. in my latest blog post i talk about an episode last week where i thought i was having one. while i was having the feelings, i was wondering could a person my age really have a stroke. i later learned that YES. re-reading that mini had them so young makes it even more real.

    what a warrior!!!

  20. You are a beautiful woman inside out. And your daughter is lucky to have a mum like you.


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