Prelude

Growing up an only child to a single mom had its own set of challenges, but I was still blessed with a very happy childhood. My mom was my rock, always there to provide a loving and supportive environment to shield me from any hardships that I encountered. She was the one constant in my life, helping me through every obstacle and giving me the strength to take on whatever life threw my way.

Graduating high school was a moment of such hope and excitement for me. I had dreams of becoming an interior designer and a nurse, and I was soon to be married. However, life had other plans for me. Three weeks after my engagement, I received the devastating news that my mother had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Only 10 months later, she was dead. In the aftermath of her death, I was overwhelmed with grief and depression. I had dropped out of nursing school and took over her cleaning business. Although I had lost so much, I was determined to keep going and never give up on my dreams.

2020 was a tumultuous year for many people, and it certainly shook up my life in ways I never expected. Before the pandemic, I was married for 10 years and managing my moms business with family. I had my own anxieties and occasional bouts of depression, but overall I felt like I was on the right track. But then, seemingly out of nowhere, the world changed and my life was thrown into a tailspin. Everything I knew and had come to rely on was suddenly gone, and I had to learn to start over from scratch.
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