THIS IS MY STORY
Imagine going on a once in a lifetime vacation and suddenly having your life change in a blink of an eye. On June 25, 2014, I had one of the most horrific experiences that one could endure… being hit by a cargo train and immediately being rushed to the hospital, where I was in danger of losing my foot in a foreign country. Once I was stabilized, I had a one way ticket back home. Internally, I was in shock, fear and disbelief of what I had just gone through and the battle that was yet to come.
After a 10 hour flight, I was greeted with unconditional love and support by my friends and family. My heart was racing and emotions on a roller coaster ride. Although doctors were optimistic, 5 surgeries later, they were unable to salvage my right foot. After long discussions with my physicians and support team, we came to the conclusion that no mother, daughter nor friend wanted to hear…amputation. Even though my world was spinning, I was able to trust God and know that he would not send me down a road where I wouldn’t be able to be strong enough to live through it.
July 22, 2014, day of my amputation. That morning, I woke up in peace and surrendered my fears to God. I prayed with my parents and two of my best friends and knew that things were going to be just fine. Once I woke up from surgery surrounded by my siblings, I was relieved to know that everything had gone extremely well and a new chapter was yet to begin. The next few days were particularly rough. I had to learn how to accept and readjust to my new life. As tears of anger, frustration and turmoil rolled down my face, I had my team cheering me on down the hall encouraging me the whole way through.
Not a day has gone by, that I haven’t thank God for the true miracle that I am. Even though I still have some rough days, I know that I am inspiring so many to live beyond their limits. At age of 28, I have learned a valuable lesson of truly and fully knowing that life is so precious. We must learn to live one day at a time and enjoy every second of the day, for we do not know what is ahead of us. All we can do is pray and live in harmony and peace. The famous Oprah said it best herself, “The more you praise and celebrate your life the more there is to celebrate”.
MUST KNOW INFORMATION
- Novice Nurse of the Year 2010
- Administrative Leader of the Year 2014
Work & Goals
- Work: currently work at University of Miami Hospital. I have been there for about 6 years. Currently I am the Director of Patient Flow & Resources- Nursing Administration and soon to be done with my Corporate MBA at FIU
- Goals: I would love to lead inspirational seminars that empower and manage each other up. I would also like to be part of a TED talk and give back to the community through volunteer and missionary work for under privileged countries. I would love to meet Depak Chopra and Amy Purdy 🙂