Cast Blog: #RHOM

An Emotional RHOM Finale

Alexia loved the way this season ended.

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.

May we all carry forth the spirit of the season and take time to lift up others in our homes and communities not only during this special time, but also throughout the year. I send my warmest wishes to you and your loved ones for peace and happiness in the New Year.

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!

Besos (Kisses),

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Lea's Final Thoughts on the Season

Lea shares he status with each of the girls post-reunion.

It’s a Wrap!

It’s been an interesting season. I've been as honest and authentic as possible. I feel I owe that to myself and to you, our viewing audience. I've defended myself when wrongly accused or misinterpreted and in the process unfortunately, ugly truths have been exposed. I haven't gone out of my way to hurt anyone, but if I have, in the spirit of defending myself or setting the record straight, then so be it. I've had some fun, a few laughs, and experienced a lot of unnecessary stress.

I've showcased as many of my friend’s businesses as I could and got in a few shameless plugs for However, I haven't traded on the show or received any freebies, other than borrowing jewelry a couple of times! LOL! Some have interpreted it as being materialistic, I call it marketing. LOL!

I've listened to people re-invent the past, camouflage the present, and stoop to insults, foul language, and ugliness, all of which make me cringe. I've made closer bonds with some and made new friends along the way. I’ve learned to love and appreciate the work that goes into being on the show. Of course, I don't like what I see from time to time, but I hope I've maintained my integrity and what was important to me.I cracked a few jokes at others expense, made a few sarcastic remarks, and rolled my eyes a few times. I just can't (or won't) stop being myself. LOL! I've loved reading all of your comments and tweets. Even when I disagree, I'm OK with it if you were being intellectually honest. But the few comments which were mean-spirited, based upon uniformed conclusions, bias, or outside influence, I disregarded, ignored, and deleted. I have a low threshold for pettiness and unnecessary maliciousness.

Now, for the girls, in my usual style, let me be as honest as I can be.

Lisa: I feel she and I have a lot in common, and I'm closer to her than the others. I think she has a good heart, but is a little too sensitive. I think she often takes things too personally. She wants to have fun; she has a wonderful spirit and loves a good party. She did get on my nerves while attempting to be “the connector" but I understand the reasons and know her intentions were good. She can always depend on me, and we enjoy a loving and brutally honest relationship.

I'm the next closest to Joanna. I love a lot of things about her. Her love for animals, how much she works , her willingness to speak publically about her very personal problems, endure public scrutiny, and the manner in which she let's things go and moves on are all admirable. She doesn't live or die based upon the opinions of others. I am disappointed with some of the things that she said things during the reunion shows. I know she has suffered for it, regrets it deeply, and wishes she could take it back. But because of some of her choices, I have a reluctance to fully embrace or trust her. She knows exactly how I feel.
Alexia: For three seasons I have defended her, had her back, and given her the benefit of the doubt. Watching her all season, week after week, speak one insult or mean-spirited comment about me, knowing many of them were lies, causes me to wonder if she did it to patronize the hate club, play all sides, or if she has some hidden resentment towards me. Perhaps she did it for air time in an attempt to make herself more relevant? Maybe she just doesn't like me and doesn't want to say it? Whatever reason she got her digs in, it is not justifiable; they were uncalled for and she should regret it and say so.  Whenever the cameras weren’t rolling, she’d tell me how much she loves me and what great friends we are. So even though she threw me under the bus several times, as recently as the reunion, I'm not interested in going tit for tat. I wish her and Herman well, and I have a lot of empathy for her personal issues.

Now to Adriana:  Everyone knows how I feel about her. The one thing she did which showed her real inner self is when she ripped my son’s heart out and stomped on it. She intentionally, out of hatred, kept her son away from my son. To this day, I know that I’ve done nothing but try to help her or defend myself against her lies.  She has expressed her gratitude by stabbing me in the back. Whatever her motivation (I have my own conclusions), nothing will ever put Humpty Dumpty back together again. I can put the past in the past and be amicable towards her, but let me make the following point crystal clear: I will never fully trust her. And I really just don't like who she is. Since the show either she has changed or who she really is showed up. Either way it’s not compatible with who I am and what I want in my life.
Marysol: Again, I've called Elsa many times over the months, and I've continued to do so, whether Marysol chooses to believe it or not.

And to set the record straight, yes Frankie is a friend of mine. He is a comedian and has a You Tube channel of impersonations, he is a Broadway star and an entertainer. He only impersonates people he finds interesting. No, he never knew Elsa was sick and no, I didn't see him make the video, and no, I wasn't in the background. All of which can be proven. But if it was a big secret, he wouldn't have posted it on You Tube.

And by the way, he made the You Tube video months after the show was no longer filming. But of course Marysol brought it up about 5 months later, so she could justify and explain away her behavior of the season.

Overall, it’s been a learning experience. I've been surprised to discover how people will behave and how far they will go for attention, relevance, a storyline, or to make someone look bad. I've always said reality TV brings out the best and worst in people, and I stand by that belief.

My tag line “I live my life like everything matters, because I think it does" is true for me. As easy as it may be for some to just live in denial and brush things aside, I believe everything we do matters, including who we are to ourselves and to others. And who we are produces consequences, both good and bad. I choose to live my life trying to create good consequences and limit negativity.
Not all drama has to be negative. One doesn’t have to criticize others in order to justify their own poor behavior or make themselves feel better about their lives.

So maybe I'm a fit for reality TV or maybe I'm not, that would be up to the viewers. The one thing I am certain of is that my real friends, my family, my son, and my husband understand me and are more important to me than anything and everything else. They know that my charitable work, being true to myself, living like everything matters, giving more than I take, my sense of right and wrong, making a conscious effort to live a life of purpose, setting a good example for my son, and being mindful of future generations are the most important things in my life.

I love nice things and love living the good life, and sharing it, and I've earned every right to do just that. I will never apologize for my lifestyle, but I won't be defined by it either.

Thanks for watching. Life is time, and you took time out for us, and for that I am forever grateful. Whether you enjoyed me on the show or not, know one thing, I put as much into it as I possibly could, and then some. LOL! Thank you POP, our amazing producers and their incredible team, the Bravo Network, and the viewers for the opportunity to cross paths. Did we bond yet? LOL!

Spread the love and keep the peace.

Love, Lea

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