I went to catholic school, both elementary and high school. Perpetuo, my school, is almost 100 years old, so there are generations, after generations of families that have a history studying here. This is a school where people stay in touch with classmates and teachers; especially now with social media. Everybody finds out when something happens, whether someone is getting married or just got a new car.
My mom is a teacher there and when she suddenly had to leave at the end of the school year in 2012, word got out that her daughter had an accident. People from my graduating class, from my brother’s class, other alumni, teachers, administration, parents, and kids in elementary and high school, anyone the whole community of the school found out. They went to mass, they prayed, and even had fundraisers for me.
People helped me find doctors, from the ex-principal getting me an appointment with a neurologist, to teachers and parents recommending psychiatrists and therapists.
Now kids know me as the girl they prayed for, parents are chocked when they find out I am the girl, teachers always tell me how much they prayed for me, and I can’t thank them enough. From prayers and support for my family to helping in any way they could, they outdid themselves and I will never forget this.
The Perpetuo Angels (as we are known) are a one of a kind community that never turned their back on me and they always made me feel like I am still a part of the community.