Patricia was 25 years old, with a two-year-old child, when she unexpectedly lost her mother. only three months after her mother died and when she was newly diagnosed with endometriosis, Patricia’s husband left her. Shortly after, she learned her father was suffering from Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Following the passing of her father five years later, Patricia was in and out of a series of abusive relationships that ruined her self-esteem. Her life was in shambles.  After spending several weeks hospitalized, Patricia was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. After recovering, she knew she needed to make some positive changes. She began kickboxing to lose weight and enrolled in college. Patricia enrolled at CUNY School of Professional Studies to pursue a degree in Health Information Management.

“Each class I take, I gain more confidence in myself that I can do this.”