I am a first-generation student who has 2 Bolivian parents that divorced when I was 15 years old. I am currently 31 years old. I had a rough childhood compared to most people who live in the Northern Virginia area. I decided to go back to college in 2017 and worked my back up from academic probation to getting straight A's.
In 2019, I was diagnosed with cancer. I was sent to the doctor who cured Lance Armstrong who gave me only a 10% chance of living. During my illness, I experienced a near-death episode from a seizure. Despite 10 nurses working on me, my mom was the one that didn’t give up telling me that I cannot leave her and proceeded to slap me so hard that it caused me to come back to life. Now here I am 3 years later in remission alive. I am still struggling with the symptoms of chemotherapy and radiation but I move forward because I want to finish school and show gratitude for the best mom in the world.