So I started a little late.
It’s already the 8th of the month and still no color for a cause.
What cause or disease do you believe we need to highlight this month?
October was pink for breast cancer awareness.
November was purple for thyroid, pancreatic and prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s, domestic violence and epilepsy.
December was red for heart disease, MADD and DARE.
January is for __________________ you fill in the blank.
…I am grateful for all the people who responded to Viviana’s tragic story of teen suicide. No amount of discussion or finger- pointing will bring her back, but she has accomplished one thing: raise awareness of the dangers of social media.
More than 60-thousand people saw the story, more than 300 people shared the story and more than 200-people have made comments.
Although police are still investigating, it has not been determined Viviana was a victim of cyber bullying.
Whatever the case may be, Viviana’s family needs comfort, compassion and closure.
For the rest of us, we need to be more aware of how our children behave. We need to keep reminding them about being kind, caring and well mannered. Remind them they need to show compassion, love and acceptance.
…a family’s courage.
I need to thank a family in El Paso’s Lower Valley who allowed me into their hearts and home after losing their teenage daughter.
Cynthia Sanchez told me her daughter Viviana Aguirre was being bullied on social media and could no longer handle the hurtful words and attacks.
Viviana – who was only 14 years old – hanged herself last night.
Viviana’s 16 year old sister told me she will never forget Viviana’s beautiful smile and spirit.
I thank Viviana’s family for allowing me to tell their story so parents can keep an eye on what their children are posting on social media.
They’re hoping another family can be spared the pain!
I am grateful for the opportunity and privilege to report on stories that can change lives.
Thank you to Maggie Morales Moody who is leading the charge to bring a resource center to El Paso to help parents with children with Down Syndrome. She is looking for volunteers and funds to open Gigi’s Playhouse this year.
I’d also like to thank Christina and Mark Paz for sharing their story about what it’s like to have a child with Down Syndrome. They are dedicated and work tirelessly to help their daughter Alessandra live a normal life!
To Alessandra – thank you sweet child! You are one bundle of energy and joy!
I will share something I am grateful for every day this month!
Express your gratitude, it’s one of 12 things happy people do differently!
What a relief! I had my yearly mammogram this morning and got the all clear. Technology is amazing! Dr. William Boushka showed me last year’s slides and says they’re exactly the same!
I admit I was nervous going in this morning. But I just took a deep breath and the next thing I knew I was asked to put my clothes back on!
So please - stay abreast of your health. Get in front of a mirror and report any visual changes to your doctor. Get to know “the girls”, so if there’s a change you’ll know the difference!
Avoid alcohol, don’t smoke and avoid second hand smoke, exercise regularly, do monthly breast self exams and have a clinical breast exam, too
Not my first choice! I liked SUN DOGS! I believe we missed an opportunity to create our own breed- special to the SUN CITY! But a marketing firm decided it should be the El Paso Chihuahuas so it’s time to move forward.
I have to admit that The El Paso Chihuahuas – with those red eyes and pointy ears are growing on me! Chihuahuas are international, bilingual, feisty, and in their own special way cute! The marketing firm didn’t have to come up with a name to translate.
The Desert Gators – los Lagartos del Desierto.
Buckaroos – I guess you could say it in Spanish although it sounds like a cereal.
The Aardvarks – Los Cerdos Hormigueros - disgusting!
The Sun Dogs – Los Perros del Sol, Los Perros Asoleados – maybe!
The Chihuahuas – no translation!
The team will attract people on both sides of the border. Maybe we can come up – or maybe they already have – with a special Chihuahua bark that also doesn’t need translation! Ruff, Ruff sounds the same in English as it does in Spanish!
Is there a translation for Who Let the Dogs Out? by Baha Men?
There are no words to describe the feeling of helplessness I felt when the father of two young boys told me his wife had died of breast cancer! A man came up to me the other day and asked me if I was a survivor. I told him I survived thyroid cancer.
He opened up and told me his wife had breast cancer. He was proud of her because she had done everything right: she exercised, ate well and took care of herself. She developed a very aggressive form of breast cancer and was being treated at M.D. Anderson.
I was hoping he would tell me she was a survivor. As he walked away knowing I couldn’t identify with the pain and suffering of someone battling the disease – he told me she had died that morning.
She was 41 years old.
I said I was very sorry about his loss! But I didn’t know what else to say! What do you say when a total stranger comes up to you and shares a very painful event that happened just hours earlier?
I was left speechless and with a knot in my throat and stomach knowing he opened up to me for comfort and compassion, yet I froze! I failed.
Again, I told him I was truly sorry! But deep down inside, I knew that wasn’t enough. I simply couldn’t find any words I was so shaken!
I hope – let me rephrase that – I know God will bring peace to his heart and give him and his two boys the strength and courage to work through their pain!
I hope he finds some comfort knowing his wife is no longer suffering and is a better place!
For the first time in four years, my son won’t be suiting up for Friday night high school football. He graduated this year and is away at college. I miss him terribly - especially today.
But my heart is heavy for another reason. One of our football dads is in the hospital – on life support. Every time I saw Ronn Wong – he had a smile on his face. He had a contagious laugh and positive attitude. He along with other dads would get to the game early to set up the tunnel for the boys to run through on game night. The last time I saw him he and another football dad were flipping steaks at my son’s graduation party. His wife Rose made a delicious pineapple upside down cake that everyone enjoyed! But most importantly they shared their friendship and their heart with their football family.
My heart is broken for his beautiful wife Rose and sons Ronnie and Ryan. They are a lovely family who is facing some tough decisions in the coming days.
Thank you for being a part of our football family at Franklin!
I got my overhaul and will need regularly scheduled tune-ups! Thank you to all the women who attended the A.C.T.S retreat and to the team for a beautiful weekend. I am still feeling overwhelmed and at a loss for words!