Inspiring Latina: Meet Chloe Fernandez, a 9-Year-Old Author Living with PCD

Inspiring Latina: Meet Chloe Fernandez, a 9-Year-Old Author Living with PCD

8. What is the one thing you want Latinos to understand about PCD? 

I want Latinos to understand that not every illness can be fixed with home remedies and Vick’s LOL. Don’t get me wrong, my mom gives me home remedies in addition to my daily medications. She believes they both work well together. But it’s important to accept when your child has an illness that cannot be cured by or with those things. Knowing and accepting that your child has an illness that can’t be cured is part of the healing process (that line I have to credit my mom for). Educate yourselves on how to help your child have their best life with your new “normal.” Just because your kid’s life and yours has to change, doesn’t mean that you two no longer have a life. You just have to adapt to a different lifestyle that is best for your child’s situation. For us, one of those adjustments was not having rice and beans every day. Now that’s tragic for any Latino.

9. Where do you get your inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from my mom. My mom tells me there is no such thing as “I can’t” and that failure is never an option. She has empowered me to know that I can achieve anything I set my mind to, as long as I give it my all and stay disciplined about it. Because of my mom, I know that PCD is what I have, not who I am. I look to my mom for guidance in all I do. She truly is dedicated, loving, caring, tough, smart, kind and passionate about her kids. My mom is not shy and believes that even a “no” as a response is something to be proud of because it means you put yourself out there and took the chance that many never have. She has taught me to always go after what I want and believe in. If get a “no” but I still believe in it, then she says I should make my own way.  She remains strong no matter what she is dealing with. I am so blessed and grateful that she is my mom. She is the best mom in the world. Well, at least in my world LOL.

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10. What’s next for you? Do you want to write more books?

I have so many plans and things that I am working on. I definitively want to keep writing more books. I’m currently working on my second book. I love reading and writing. I love how reading a book can make you feel so many different emotions. I have traveled the world through all the books I have read. I want kids to feel all that and more when they read my books. I also want to continue to pursue my acting and modelling careers. I love doing both so much. I wrote a script for a show I’d like to star in, and The Disney Channel would be my first choice for it. In writing, acting and modeling, you become a character you can relate to or become a different character from who you really are. I love that. No matter what form of art you are working in, you have the ability to always inspire someone to do or think better. I want to be that someone for kids, especially for kids with chronic illnesses. I feel we do not have a voice or role model in those areas, and I want to change that. I’d also really like to be interviewd by Ellen DeGeneres one day. I know the entire world watches Ellen. If she interviews me, then everyone will know about PCD (and I’d get a free trip to California).

“PCD Has Nothing on Me!” is available on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Life Rich Publishing. Pick up a copy to make the young dominicana’s dream of having everyone know what PCD is come true.