Hi and thank you for stopping by. My name is Luz Adriana Martinez. I’m married to a great guy, Tito, an Army Veteran of 22 years, who supports all the crazy things I do. Being an Army wife also prepared us to be always on the move and without daddy for long periods of time. This also gave me the opportunity work and volunteer with organizations whose mission was to assist other military families. This blog results from my desire to give back to the many families that have given me and mine so much. I have had the fortune to be able to travel the world assisting military families and now that that stage of my life is over, I want to continue to share what I have learned in the hopes that I can still provide some information and resources to families who need it.
We are proud parents to two lovely young ladies, Adriana and Brenda. Adriana was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome at birth and with Type I diabetes at age 7. Brenda and her twin sister, Sandra, were born 7 weeks early and spent the first month of their life in the Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Sandra had a stroke at birth and developed global cerebral palsy which affected her development and well being until her death, a couple of months shy of her fourth birthday.
All those experiences have made our life an interesting road of learning, advocating, tears, laughter and loving friends along the way. I learned I had to be strong for my girls and educate myself in everything that had to do with their abilities and disabilities.
We live in the beautiful Southwest, in a wonderful community which continues to grow without forgetting its past and place in history. I’ll go get my coffee and look forward to reading your comments and questions