Thank you Mr. Gaston de Bayona!

On May 19, 2014, in Blog Entry, by Estela Casas




I have a terrible memory but today I was forced to look back several decades ago when I realized a crazy dream to become a professional singer in Mexico! I was reading the obituaries and found the name of a fellow journalist.  Gaston de Bayona was working at one of the newspapers in Juarez when I was attempting to break into show business! He was in charge of the entertainment section and “sociales”. I didn’t have a publicist or manager so I promoted myself.   

I remember showing up – without an appointment – to the Juarez newspaper and hoping to talk to Mr. de Bayona. I sat in the lobby for a couple of hours until he called me in. I recall like it was yesterday the challenge he issued that afternoon.  “You say you’re a singer. Anyone can claim to sing!  You’re going to have to sing right now and perhaps I’ll do a write-up.”

So I got up, and belted out a song in English and a cappella.  I guess he was impressed because he did a beautiful profile and I even got my picture in the paper!  

Yes, it was a crazy dream to think I could ever sing professionally. I did for a little while until I realized I wasn’t hungry enough to sacrifice all the things that come along with being an entertainer.

Thanks Mr. de Bayona for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to shine!

 

Love of Family.

On March 24, 2014, in Blog Entry, by Estela Casas




8 sisters. 6 brothers. Three of the women are breast cancer fighters and lost their hair after chemotherapy. But all 14 plus some of the spouses shaved their heads in support of the women who are fighting the good fight.

I met some of them this past weekend, when they got together to celebrate life, family and beauty!

Marylou Juarez began her journey with breast cancer in November and today began a third round of chemo. She wasn’t feeling very good about herself, she didn’t like what she saw in the mirror. So her sisters, brothers, brothers-in-law and oldest granddaughter shaved their heads in support!

Join us on ABC-7 at ten tonight for a special report on how this family is helping Marylou realize that beauty is more than skin deep!

 

January Color for a Cause

On January 8, 2014, in Blog Entry, by Estela Casas




So I started a little late.

It’s already the 8th of the month and still no color for a cause.

Any ideas?

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.

 

 

Gratitude

On January 6, 2014, in Blog Entry, by Estela Casas




…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.

 

January: I am grateful for…

On January 3, 2014, in Blog Entry, by Estela Casas




…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!

 

Goals for January 2014

On January 2, 2014, in Blog Entry, by Estela Casas




Gratitude:

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!

 

Goals for 2014!

On January 1, 2014, in Blog Entry, by Estela Casas




Photo: I don't normally do resolutions, but I read The Happiness Project earlier this year and decided to focus on on area of my life per month starting now. Here's what I will be following this year month by month starting with Gratitude in January. Today I am grateful to have a beautiful home to spend my New Years Day.

 

Exhale!

On October 24, 2013, in Blog Entry, by Estela Casas




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

 

El Paso Chihuahuas!

On October 23, 2013, in Blog Entry, by Estela Casas




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?

 

No words!

On October 7, 2013, in Blog Entry, by Estela Casas




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!