The pandemic has made it a tough year for a lot of people, but a Dallas mother said in the midst of struggle she found hope and a new business.
"I have to be strong," Guadalupe Gonzalez said. "My kids need me."
The single mother of three was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor two years ago. While she was getting radiation treatment, she learned she had blood clots in her leg.
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"They told me they had to amputate, amputate right away," Gonzalez said. "At that moment I knew my life was going to change completely."
She had to learn old tasks in new ways using either a wheelchair or a prosthetic on her left leg.
With so much happening, it was a little thing that helped Gonzalez turn a corner.
"I started doing my makeup," Gonzalez said. "I loved that it made me feel beautiful again, like, I want to do that."
So Gonzalez started a home-based business during the pandemic selling false eyelashes through her Instagram page.
"It's like saying a bada**, a strong woman," Gonzalez said, explaining the name of her business Chin****. "I don't know if I can say that."
Gonzalez had to live her motto when she was diagnosed with COVID-19 four months ago.
"There were times when I said 'I give up,'" Gonzalez said. "But then I pushed forward. I said 'no', I was given another chance."
She wanted her kids — and anyone who hears her story — to know there is always hope, and to have faith there is light even in dark times.
"We all go through a lot, but we gotta be positive and move forward," Gonzalez said. "Value life. It means so much."