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Marta Cruz-Alicea


Married, mother-of-three and cancer survivor, she moved from her native Puerto Rico in 2004 and has been a stay-at-home mother for the last 11 years. She earned a BA in Communications from the University of Puerto Rico. She has been recognized as a recipient of the Pen Club of Puerto Rico First Prize in Journalism for an investigative article about Rastafarian culture. She’s been writing for The Advocate since 2011. Her column focuses on the joys, challenges and adventures of motherhood and the experience of being a cancer survivor, although sometimes she likes to write about life in general.
  • Given a third chance and choosing to grow despite pain, fear, complications and frustration

    After surviving Hodgkin's Lymphoma when I was just 17 years old, now at 39 and the mother of three girls, I faced the diagnosis of an aggressive brain tumor earlier this year. I needed brain surgery right away. Most of the fears and concerns I had before my brain surgery — knowing all the possible complications I could have — unfortunately came true. Right after surgery, I faced not only pain, but also immobilization of my right side, weakness and vision problems, along with memory

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