"When I grow up, I want to be a mom;" I remember joking with my kids when they were little, little did I know that mom's wear so many hats. Experiencing God's miracle growing inside me was the most amazing blessing, however, being a mom came with the most challenges. The difficulty and heavy heart I felt each day I left them to go to work did not compare to when my four-year-old son was gasping for air from having an asthma attack or the many times my seven-year-old daughter would not wake up from a low blood sugar from having Type 1 Diabetes. Life definitely had its challenges.
Through the years, I had my share of other struggles and challenges, my 14-year marriage ended alongside my 7-year career at Dell, followed later by two additional layoffs. Oh, how I prayed for the courage and strength to return to school to pursue my many passions. In 2011, I signed up to attend Austin Community College to get started. In my second semester, while at work, my health took a turn. I had a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), kidney cancer, and a severely herniated disk that led to a series of surgeries within six months. The struggles, challenges, storms, and darkness all seemed like an end, but in reality, they were a new beginning.
With my faith and trust in God, I knew that everything would be ok. It was through my hardships and closing doors that I grew courage, confidence, strength, and a deeper desire to pursue and live out my true purpose, to help and serve others, to share and inspire, and to make a difference in the world. At times, I think about the struggles, but more often I think of the love, laughter, peace, and joy I have been blessed with. I am truly grateful for the sacrifice God made for me, his unconditional love, my loving husband, my family and each person in my life.
Life has its challenges, but greater are the rewards.
Carol Ann Hernandez