I’ll always be that Puerto Rican girl from the South Bronx who survived a violent and traumatic childhood. My severely dysfunctional family included child molesters, drug dealers, domestic violence abusers and had me frightened all of the time. I lived on guard to protect myself. Even so, I still fell prey to the stranger who abducted and raped me when I was nine. 

After being released by the rapist, I had to find my way back to our apartment – although I wasn’t sure where I was.  Please watch my TEDx Talk here to learn about how my resilience helped me cope, especially when I was diagnosed with PTSD.

As an Author and mental health Advocate, I’m now focused on children and adults suffering with/through trauma. I believe that raising awareness about the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) movement is one of the most effective ways to educate about the long-term effects of childhood trauma on our physical health. This is the reason I wrote my book where I share the traumatic events that led to my formal Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnosis and recovery.


I’m also sharing resources (above) featuring organizations and information that have been helpful to me. I want to offer hope to my fellow trauma survivors by sharing my story. Through empathy, education, empowerment and faith, we can help each other heal. Wishing you a peaceful and resilient journey.  NEWYORICANGIRL