The Heart of a Dancer..A Queen Remembered

Good morning ladies and gentleman, as October comes to a close for the month, we remember those who have fought for their lives and are still fighting to this day to find a cure for a disease that comes in many forms. This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our job is to be educated and aware of the early signs and stay united in the fight for the cure. Breast Cancer is not just a women’s disease but also a men’s disease.

I want to tell you a story about a daughter, mother, wife and accomplished dancer. Her name Sonia Vargas.

This is her story told by my dear friend Valerie Padilla, her daughter.

Sonia Vargas, 23 years ago never knew that simply taking a bathe would change her life forever. She worked as a secretary, was a dedicated mom, wife and she loved to dance. She taught her daughter Valerie, everything she knows about dancing, which I have witnessed first hand, from the Salsa, Tango, Fandango, Bolero and many more. Sonia was around 39 years old when she discovered a lump under her arm during a routine breast exam. Monthly exams of your breast are very important for early detection.

After discovering this lump, she immediately went to the doctor and had a mammogram done and they discovered a mass in the early stages. They were able to start her on chemo and began her fight. Sonia, a beautiful woman, lost all her hair and like most woman, the depression started and she felt she was no longer attractive. The family did everything they could to help her regain her confidence by buying her wigs and telling her she was beautiful everyday to keep her spirits up. Positive prayers and proper treatments made the cancer go away….so they thought.

One year later, the breast cancer that once was a distant memory, came back more aggresive. Sonia was given not alot of options accept for a masectomy. Women who are faced with the prospect of losing their breast, it is not an easy decision. We pride ourselves on how we look and in making this decision she decided to do nothing. Of course, the cancer decided to spread and it invaded so aggressively that it grew out of her body as a 3rd breast on her chest and became a part of her everyday life. She, like many women loved to look and smell good at all times and to have to live day by day with a growth on her chest, losing her hair and feeling sick all the time, it felt like she lost a big part of herself.

Her daughter Valerie, said that as her mom became sicker, she had to take care of her bathing and feeding her regularly. Valerie accounts that the growth smelled like rotten meat to everyone and people stared at her all the time. As the months went by, she became thin and frail and was admitted near Fathers Day of June 1998. The hospital she was admitted to was where she worked and she had the best care around her family and friends. When she was in the hospital, her doctor told her that it was so aggressive that chemo was not working and there was no cure.

She had to make another decision and she decided to keep it from her kids. Valerie was a teenager and being the oldest of 3 children, she felt helpless, pain and she wanted to do everything she could to take care of her mom. Her mom was her inspiration and hero growing up doing the dance group together and she just wanted to help her mom. After awhile, Sonia couldn’t speak but she could hear everyone. All her family, friends and co-workers did a prayer chain and sent flowers to lift her spirits.

October 24, 1998, Sonia Vargas got her wings at the age of 42 and left behind a spirit in her family that will last forever. It has been 21 years and Valerie celebrates life everyday for her.

Valerie and the women of her Empowerment Group just recently took a trip to Puerto Rico October 11, 2019 and we celebrated Valerie’s 43rd birthday!! Chapter 43 for Valerie was important to her and sharing her moms story touched all of us.

Her moms angelic looks, spirit, heart for dance, her love and caring for others and beautiful personality inside and out shines through her everyday.

Below is a chart of what to look for when you do your monthly breast exam. Early detention is the key.

I want to give a big thank you to Valerie Padilla for allowing me to share her mom’s story and to educate other women about the importance of early detection and treatments.

“Living my birthdays not just for me but for my mom’s life” Valerie Padilla

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Family Movie Night…Scary!!

It has been a long time since me and the whole family saw a movie together. This movie had two parts that came with. We saw Part 1 2 years ago, I was a skeptic at first because I really dont like reboots but I said I will give it a try. After we saw the movie, we couldnt wait for Part 2…which came out the weekend of September 6. Let me tell you this was soooo scary for me…I covered my eyes and I think I peed a couple times..lol.

Introducing…..IT Part 2 (2019)

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If you haven’t seen it, GO NOW!!

Check out the trailer for It Part 1(2017)

Personally, I am conflicted because I like the original IT Part 1 from 1990 and the new IT Part 2 from 2019. Can you imagine what that movie would have bee like to combine the two..so cool!!

If you enjoy a classic movie, check out the original IT by Stephen King 1990 trailer.

Enjoy the movie!!

My family saw the movie here with reclining seats since it was 3 hours long…these seats are amazing!! This was my snack at Cinemark…so good!!

Who is Scarier?

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31 Day Challenge-Day 30

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Food, Food, Food…..

My favorite comfort food(s) are 

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Chicken Wings in any way-fried, baked, boneless and with bone and ….

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Ice Cream of any kind….so so good. My favorite kind is Butter Pecan. 

That’s all I got..I am hungry now!!

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31 Day Challenge-Day 26

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I have been reading so many blogs lately and I have followed a lot but these blogs listed below have been very consistent with their content and I enjoy them tremendously. Let me share with you my 5 favorite blogs…here we go.

  1. Life with CharliA blog by a wonderful lady named Charli Dee who has won numerous blogging awards and she is inspirational with her posts and she supports the blogging community. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe to her blog here: Life with Charli 20190816_003118[1]
  2. Ashlee Nicole Explained– A blog by an energetic lady named Ashlee Nicole. She is new to blogging but has been through a lot and is willing to open up to the world and let people know it’s going to work out, always. Follow her out on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe to her blog here: Ashlee Nicole Explained

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3. 11 Years Of Nappies- Great, Great lady named Simone Phillips, a mom who I met a couple months ago who does blogs about inspirational women and tells their stories for the world…including myself. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Click here to subscribe to her blog:11 Years of Nappies Check out my feature by clicking here:Mom Crush Monday-Me

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4. Pencils and Popcans- A real down to earth lady who is into entertainment and is a mom of three like I am. Her name is Tanya Kuzmanovic and she if a freelance writer who has great recipes, gives reviews on movies and has had lots of work published. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe to her blog here:Pencils and Popcans

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5. Ramblings of a Neurotic Writer- This young lady, her name is Vada is on the other side of the world and loves to travel and read. She writes poetry and takes you on some great adventures with the best places to eat and drink in London. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Click here to subscribe: Ramblings of a Neurotic Writer

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31 Day Challenge-Day 25

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Okay, so, this will be really easy…here we go!

  1. My legs-  I have always thought my legs were very athletic like Tina Turner.                        20190803_181859[1]
  2.  My Smile- My lips have always been a perfect shape and gives me that award-winning glow on my face.                                                         39535983_2159235847452305_8980527443408322560_o
  3. My Boobs..ooh..did I say that..lol  I got my girls in 9th grade and they have been here ever since. We have been through a lot together.
  4. My Curves…great in dresses and stretch pants.                                                              20171227_113219_HDR_1514393297179[1]

So, that’s all I got..stay tuned for tomorrow for Day 26…

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31 Day Challenge-Day 24

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This one’s going to be a tear jerker…a difficult time in my life….I promise I will make this as painless as possible.

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   My biggest job was to be a mom which I loved from day 1 and my children are and always have been my number #1 priority.  Going to work full-time wasn’t easy but it had to be done for my family.  I worked in Retail for over 20 years and it didn’t end very well.  

   The most difficult time in my life was finding where I belong.  I walked into an industry where not many woman had opportunities to go into upper management especially an African-American woman.  I worked for a company that was predominantly of male influence because it involved heavy lifting and experience with specialized skills and education.  Image result for group of men cartoon

Over the last couple years, women have been able to own successful companies and beat men out on promotions but during my time it was very difficult.  My problem was that I was great at what I did and there was no way they wanted me to go anywhere else in the company.  Finding good people who are exceptional at their jobs was hard.  That was a problem for me.  Every time I would try to go forward, I would be pushed two steps back..whether I wasn’t experienced enough or I didn’t have the education.

Moving my Family-  I though that bringing my family to Florida would give me more opportunities for growth not only with my career but personally.  My family was happy about the move but as the years went by, I started to wonder whether I made the right decision to pursue a career.  

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Working my butt off – The on and off of rejection after rejection for promotions…I got to a breaking point.  My family missed me a lot and I realized and I began to wonder whether I was good enough to move forward, was I smart enough, did I not get enough education, do they not like me? The old saying goes…

“You are only as good as what you do today, yesterday doesn’t matter.”

In the end – I ended up giving up my quest for a career not because I wanted to…God had a different plan for me.  I am loving every minute of it.

That’s all I got for you until tomorrow for Day 25….

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31 Day Challenge-Day 23

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We all know those things that make us tick…makes us want to say Why? So here are the things that really ANNOY ME..

  1. Gas Tank – Every time I get in a car, the fuel light is on. A car can’t run without gas so why keep the tank empty. I believe in keeping the gas tank full or at least at a quarter of a tank full. A body is made up of 80% water and to deprive it of it…it will die just like a car.
  2. Little Bit Left –When you are down to the last little bit of fluid in a carton or jug, it should be topped off in the cup, not put back in the fridge.
  3. Politics – I do not like talking about it, reading about, or seeing it on all my news feeds. What is going on with the government really doesn’t matter to me…it’s all like a big soap opera for me. Entertainment with no end.
  4. Being Ignored – Well this is self-explanatory. I hate when I start talking and I have to repeat myself.
  5. Indecisiveness – On a previous post, I stated that when I go to a restaurant, I know what I want before I get there, I don’t like to go through a drive-up and people are indecisive.
  6. Your Word – When a person says they are going to do something, I expect them to do it. Your word is important when you make a commitment. If I have to follow-up with you several times, it tells me that what you said you would do is not as important to you with me then I can’t trust you.
  7. Liar Liar Pants on Fire – I hate when people lie to my face. I just wish everyone would tell the truth, it would be a whole lot easier in this world.

That’s it for now…stay tuned for Day 24 tomorrow..

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31 Day Challenge-Day 20

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  Yes, it is Day 20…11 more days to go!! Hope you guys have enjoyed reading my open book..lol.  So, today, I am going to talk about 10 years from now.  We really don’t know where we will be or whether we will even be alive but one thing is for certain…I take it

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   Fear of the unknown doesn’t help you live your life to the fullest.  For me, Life starts from the moment I wake up and continues on into the next day with new ideas and discovering new things.  I keep my brain refreshed by challenging myself and keeping up with what my teens are doing.  In 10 years, my oldest son will be 31, youngest son 29, and my daughter 26 while me and my husband will be 52 and 64.  I am seeing myself still traveling and probably with my teens having their own families, I will be visiting them and my grandchildren.

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Well, that’s all I got for you until tomorrow…..stay tuned for Day 21

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31 Day Challenge-Day 18

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What I am afraid of? Most people are afraid of heights, spiders or being hurt by people. For me, it’s gets a little deeper for me. I have watched a lot of my friends and family members get sick and die so if I had to be afraid of something…it would be losing my ability live my life. I have so much fun interacting with the world and seeing what it has to offer, so for me to not be able to do that anymore, it would sadden me. I know I have a purpose in life and I am not going to waste it feeling sorry for myself and the limitations I may have.

For those of you who don’t know me personally, I have to endure many things as far as my health has been concerned in the last 4 years and I am finally getting to the point where I am comfortable talking about it in an open forum. Support from others who love you is important and taking it one day at a time is key.

In my daily life I struggle with:

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Osteoarthritis throughout my whole body along with Fibromyalgia. I have 3 herniated discs in my back along with degenerative disease so my range of motion is very limited to walking and stretching. I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome due to a work-related injury. I suffer from high anxiety along with ups and downs. I have to keep my blood pressure regulated along with dealing with headaches on and off. All of these things seem very major right now but for me, I am able to live my life accordingly and when that is not an option…I am scared when it isn’t.

Live your best life now, don’t waste it.

That’s all I got for you today…I know this one was a tear- jerker but I promise tomorrow you will laugh…lol

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