As I sit here and write this blog, so many things go through my mind. First of all, I can't believe it's over and I have survived two seasons, LOL! Next and most importantly, I think about how on a day like this last year I was sitting in a hospital next to my son Frankie not knowing whether he would eat, talk, or walk again. I realize how fortunate I am and thank God for all of my blessings and gifts that I no longer take for granted.
It may seem strange, but Frankie's accident has given me my greatest gift: it reminded me of the fragility and brevity of life. We all need to live every day to its fullest. The thought that I could have lost my son made me appreciate and enjoy every minute of every single day. This journey has taught me to cope with fear, strengthened my faith in God, emboldened my spirit, and restored my faith in humanity. I know that the only day that really matters is today! Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is but a dream -- there is just today!
Since you saw very little of me this season and practically nothing of my family because of life circumstances, I will start by sharing this. I wish I would have been strong enough to share my journey since the beginning, but it was too painful and devastating. When I was ready to let the cameras into the therapies we were practically done filming. I wanted to send a message of courage, faith, and hope and help those families that are going through similar situations. Doing the show at least part time let me disconnect and it forced me to dress up, do my hair and makeup. As far as my family goes, we are stronger and more united than ever. I will keep on fighting for both of my boys, Peter and Frankie. That is my job as a mother: to educate, nurture, and love them unconditionally. I will be here for them to make sure they stand up when they fall. I am very happy that Peter went back to school after this difficult year for the entire family. He's attending Miami International University of Art & Design and pursuing a Bachelor's in Science in Audio Production and Engineering. God willing Frankie will return to high school half a day with a shadow where he will work at his own pace in January. He will attend the same school he was set to go to before his accident with academic accommodations. Frankie's progress has been remarkable. He will continue with his therapies in the afternoon.
I am fully integrated back at Venue Magazine. I may not spend the entire day at my office, but I am 100 percent involved. I work on the phone, email from home or wherever at whatever time. I also have a great staff that I rely on. I believe that keeping busy is the key for not being depressed.
Herman continues to work hard. I admire his strength, endurance, and capacity to accomplish so much and be such a kind and fair human being. My admiration, love, and respect continue to grow, if that is even possible. He has been unconditional with me and the boys, who are sons to him. And now my take on this final episode, it was so emotional and beautiful to watch. It was like living it all over again. Like Marysol, I am very spiritual and did this healing with my heart and soul. Like I said, only by believing and having the faith I do am I here today. I prayed so hard all my adult life, and I've been faced with adversity, but I've always made the choice to not let adversity weigh me down.
The whole episode was a delight to watch. I was truly touched by all the ladies, to see from where we started to where we are all at now.
Thank you for watching. Thank you for your love, prayers and support.
I leave you with this thought: “LIVE every moment, LOVE beyond words, LAUGH every day. Life is too short to be anything but happy!”
God bless. Count your blessings and give your children, husband, and everyone you love a kiss and tell them how much you love and appreciate them!
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