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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31 Day Challenge-Day 27

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  What makes me feel better and has never failed?

                                 MUSIC

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   I love the sound of music. I love all different genres.  I am a fan of how music can soothe the soul.  If I want to escape within myself it is my way to solitude.  Music lowers my blood pressure, it balances my mood and it is very therapeutic for my disabilities and it also eases my anxiety. 

That’s all I got!!

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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 21

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Day 21…hmmm…something I miss. This I had to think about a bit because there are a lot of things I miss but If I were to look at the last 25 years, I’ m looking at my childhood and how things were when I was a teenager. I can remember the words…”Pounding the Pavement”

  1. Job Market has changed dramatically. Newspaper and flyer ads on bulletin boards. It used to be that you walk from employer to employer to fill out job applications and meet face to face with people who were your boss…now…fill out an application online and wait for talent acquisition to email, then first interviewer to contact for interview then you interview with someone else who may or may not be your boss…keep your application on file. This application process is convenient if you have a computer or cell phone but for others it creates a lot of eliminated candidates. My daughter is 16 now and she is doing it the old-fashioned way and she has had 2 interviews so far. Personal connection is lost between employer and candidate online.

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2. Being able to get The News only on television. It seems like every time I turn around, I am unable to shield myself from all the bad news and anxieties of this world. I really believe that as the world gets worse with global warming, bombings and lack of respect for the people who want to wake up every morning and live their life, we will never see the light of day. I really don’t care for politics, I don’t like hearing about how much worse the people who run our government are doing. I am so tired of people not being able to leave their homes because they are afraid and with this happening…the rise in mental health issues and sicknesses allows for government and drug companies to make more money. It sucks!! Can we just go back to having 6pm and 11 pm news only and cartoons with great movies in between?

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3. Last but not least…Courtships. Why is it every time I turn the television on I see teen pregnancy shows or couples divorcing after 1 year. I have been married 20 years and I have seen it all. These days it seems like it is harder to get a mate and people are just settling with the first person that looks their way. While they are looking, it seems there is the rush to procreate and have no commitments. What has happened to asking a girl out, taking her on many dates, getting know each other and then talking about plans to get married then have a family….everything is all backwards and twisted now!! Maybe I am old-fashioned but I think there wouldn’t be confusion if we were made to only be attracted to who we are supposed to be with and everyone else look like aliens…lol.

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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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31 Day Challenge-Day 19

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  Okay so for this challenge, I asked my loving family who knows my comings and goings and how I operate.  I told them to give me one thing that they find is one of my worst habits.  Here we go:

      My husband Brian said:

    “You do not close the lids or put lids on things tightly.”

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     Okay, so, in my defense, I do this and it is not a good habit.  Sometimes I spill stuff but other times I get lucky and don’t.  As to closing the lids on jars, I can’t do it that tightly because of carpal tunnel and I can open lids that great so I use a can opener or ask someone to do it for me…lol

My oldest son Brian said:

“You put things in the shopping cart at the grocery store that are not on the list.”

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Okay, again, in my defense, I forget to put things on the list.  Every time we go to the store, it seems there are things we need and I forget..lol

My daughter Briana said:

“You yell too much.”

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Guilty as charged on all three so far….yelling is my way of getting my point across after I have already said it numerous times.  I think most people do this when they feel ignored, I am trying not to do it all the time now so I don’t raise my blood pressure.

My youngest son Devon said:

“You leave lights on too much.”

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    Okay, so this is my light in my office…I tend to leave it on every time I leave my office but I am coming right back.  He goes behind me and turns every light off..lol

As for me, I think my worst habit is: 

“I warm up to people to quickly without getting to know them from the background.”

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    What I mean by this is, I have met a lot of people in my life and because I want to assume the best in them, they become a part of my life without me really seeing who they are in many different situations.  I am one of a few women who do not have many close friendships with people due to the fact that many have shown their true cards on the table after they see that I am a nice person.  I am a positive person and do not like drama, so for me to become friends with you, I expect that you show me who you are before I find out.  Communication is a strength f mine and most people who know me, know I mean what I say and do.  I am not transparent and what you see is what you get.  

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Toys and Imagination……Then and Now

Did your Toy Box look like this?

Or this….from handmade toys to toys you hold in your hand, toys have changed so much over the past 40 years.  Kids as young as 3 years old are getting electronic toys for Christmas and birthdays and the prices for these items are extraordinary. 

Remember Family Game Night…Did it look like this? 

Or does it look like this?

   Not everyone knows how to work a game controller but it seems as though in order for people to spend time together, they have to know how to play the latest video games.  Board games and cards were more inviting and made room for everyone to play.

Remember arcade games….this was how I played games….

This is how they play now….

PlayStation, X-Box and other game consoles use these controllers for gaming.  From my experience with these, there are 10 or more different commands for using these and you have to use them at the same time..phew.  Hats off to those who are able to keep up.  Don’t get me wrong, some of the games are really fun but I would rather have three buttons on my joystick(which is what we called it)…lol.

Other ways for game play now….the ever popular latest creation to technology…

 

The Smartphone(used to download all the latest in video games and applications)Classic games like PacMan, Frogger and Uno have been made available on these devices.  The only problem with these devices after long-time use, your device can sustain a virus or over-heat. 

10 of the best toys of the 70’s and 80’s…taking a look back! Can you name all 10?

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31 Day Challenge-Day 17

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   Going back to my childhood, I can remember a lot of books but my all-time favorite was…wait for it…

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  I still read this book to this day.  This isn’t the original one I had as a child because it got lost. I love the story line about a puppy who doesn’t listen to his mother and goes exploring when he shouldn’t and learns valuable lessons.

  As the saying goes: “If mama ain’t happy, no one is happy”

  I used to have a wind up doggy that I used to play with with my book.  Needless to say, the book and dog didn’t survive I’m sad to say…but now I have a real dog, his name is Sage.

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31 Day Challenge-Day 16

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Dream job….hmmm…

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Helping people with their problems…I know it sounds like a big headache but for me it sounds fun and you get paid for it.

Welcome to the World of Psychology:

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Definition: The study of behaviors and mental processes in living things that inhabit the world and how they adapt to their environment.

  This is actually my dream job.  I wanted to either be a Psychologist or counselor because I am a great listener and am very fascinated with how the brain works.  I am always analyzing everything to death and because people feel comfortable around me…it sounds like a great fit for me.  

  Unfortunately,  most Psychologist have to go to school forever and school loans are up in the 100k, so I had to come up with a more achievable goal and cost effective way to make a living.  

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Saving the world one person at a time!!

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31 Day Challenge-Day 15

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Working life….where I was these last couple years….

  • Up at 1 or 2 am to start work at 3 or 4 am.
  • Get to work and kill myself for 12-15 hours a day
  • Eat breakfast on the way to the first client…drive time at least an hour and half
  • Eat lunch in the car on the way and snack in between clients
  • Sweat through my clothes and get to the point where the 3 pm slump happens…I’m tired.
  • I wrap up my last clients up around 5 or 6 pm
  • Call my husband when I am on my way home
  • Get home, take a shower and eat dinner
  • Say goodnight to my kids and go to bed at 10 or 11 pm, if I didn’t have homework
  • Start all over again the next day…

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    I never did get to where I wanted to be, but I learned that you have to love what you do in order to be happy. God had other plans for me.

And now…Retired Life….

  • Up at 1 or 2 pm maybe 12 noon on a good day
  • Wash up and proceed to open the curtains for sunshine
  • Wash the dishes
  • Eat breakfast
  • If scheduled work on my blog for at least 5 hours
  • Eat my lunch through blogging hours
  • On Tuesdays, 5$ movie days we will see a movie if interested
  • If I am not feeling pain from arthritis, pain in my back or it isn’t humid outside, I will walk 3 miles with my husband around the lake for my Physical Therapy
  • Prepare my dinner (Our teens are now self-sufficient so they prepare their own meals now)
  • Watch some sporting event or movie with the hubby or have date night
  • Me and hubby take our dog Sage for his walk around 11 pm or 12 am
  • Watch a television series while falling a sleep around 2 or 3 am.

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My favorite quote by Maya Angelou

   So, as you can see, a big difference in my life this past 8 months since I retired.  I love the freedom of coming and going as I please and having a great support system in my family.  I knew I had to make a change because I wasn’t happy making others dreams come true.

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