At thirty-three years old, I'm proud to say that I have surrounded myself with inspirational women. Including my sister Sofia, breast cancer survivor at age twenty-eight, my sister Sylvia at-risk student as an adolescent and now a successful community college counselor and my friend Rocio, attorney for La Raza Center. Indeed, I have been inspired by all these women because of their strength, courage and dedication. Yet, there is one woman in my life who has inspired me even more deeply, my mother Sofia. My mother is a remarkable woman, after all she gave birth to twelve children.