Julianna here. I'm anxious to share my story with you. The life that has shaped and defined me to be who I am today. I love that about life. We all have our own story.
I was born and raised in Arizona. I have one brother, four sisters and two amazing parents. They raised us in a happy home full of a lot of love. I always felt super lucky to have the life I did.
It was in October of 2000 that our world came crashing down. I was just 10 years old when my sweet mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, stage 4. Being so young I grasped all that I knew I could in that situation and trusted that it would all be okay. I believed in God and I knew He performed miracles. I put all my trust that He would save her just as I needed Him to. Little did I know, His plan was far greater than mine. After a long and valiant fight she passed away at the age of 42. I was 15 years old when she passed.
Throughout her life she had faith that didn't waiver, she gave all the love she could give, she was gentle, selfless, hard working and kind. She left her mark in this world. She created a legacy that lives on because of the incredible example she was to all.
This experience changed my life. A lot of lessons have been learned. There were dark days and days full of hope. Because of the way she lived her life, I grasped onto those memories to get through mine. She was nothing short of beautiful.
Now, 10 years later with a family of my own, I am so grateful for the examples I had to get me through those days. The hard days haven't magically disappeared but through them I've been able to decide how I want to live my life for myself, my husband and my children. I've chosen joy. I've made the choice to see the good and to share the good. I've learned and grown a lot because of it and for that I am grateful.
"Through the hardest days, we grow the most"