When I began writing my Latina Still Standing blog in March of this year and the Latina Still Standing columns in June, I knew that I had a strong conviction to share more about what makes us Latinas so resilient.
I wanted to share my own stories and those of other Latinas about how they, too, have overcome so many obstacles. Along this journey, I have had the opportunity to hear from countless Latinas who say they can really relate to the Latina Still Standing motto of “Faith, Family and Friends.” Those are the three key ingredients that I credit with helping me overcome obstacles.
Some of the women shared how they are proudly still standing after walking away from abusive relationships. Others told how, as single moms , they are still standing because of their strong faith, family support and good friends. I listened to stories about loss and how the blog and columns inspire them to keep standing. One Latina said she had lost her husband, a doctor, in a plane crash, while flying to Mexico to donate his medical services and how she wrote the words, "I am a Latina Still Standing," at the top of her notes to help her get through the eulogy. I even heard from younger Latinas who consider themselves to be “Latinas Still Standing” because they survived being cyber-bullied and being bullied in middle and high school.
Thank you to those who support this cause and a special "thank you" to those Latinas who are Still Standing. You continue to inspire me and together we can inspire each other!