In 1994, I graduated High School in Arlington, Texas and began working right away. My husband and I met shortly thereafter and after a whirlwind romance, began a family quite unexpectedly. In 1997, we moved to Oklahoma to be near his family and raise our daughter, Naomi George. After her first year, I began working for the Chickasaw Indian Tribe. It’s been eleven years and I am still managing one of their tobacco stores.
I did attend college for a short time, but decided my time was better spent with family. My son, Vinny, was born in 2004 and my husband and I felt that our family was complete. This feeling was abruptly ended in March of 2007 when Naomi died at the age of ten due to a brief illness. Since her death, my life has taken on new meaning. I am no longer willing to sit by and wish for things to happen.