There is nothing like the strength of a mother. As with all the women that I have run and talked about in this journey, one of the things that they all had pride in was being the best Mother that they can be. Every wonderful lady had their paths on how they raised their families and every lady had an impact on those around them. Sabina was no exception to this.
Sabina was the youngest of my Dad’s brothers and sisters. We always were able to relate as she was 6 years older than me. As I was growing up, she was living at my parent’s house and she was awesome to talk to about teenage issues. She had been through them a lot of them and was always the rock when I was having a hard time.
She loved her family. There was rarely a time when I did not see her with a baby or talking to young kids and making them smile. But as with all mama bears, she did not take any crap from people. Would I have admired was how quick she was there when she heard about a family member having a hard time no matter what the circumstance was.
As tough as she was, she was fighting her own battle. At a very young age, Sabina was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She knew it was an issue she was going to have to deal with and never made much of a deal out of it. She was a tough woman who went through the shots, dialysis and eventually surgeries but it never took her away with being there for her family. Sabina pushed through everything even as we could see that it was starting to take effect on her. She was in the hospital with some complications and unfortunately, her little body could not take much more and she went to be with the Lord.
December 17, 1974, to June 24, 2019. 45 years old
Wow. Just Wow. Five strong mothers gone just like that in less than a year. How does that happen and how does a person begin to grasp how to handle this? Was our faith shaken, yes. Was our faith gone, absolutely not. As empty of a cup that a lot of us had with all these losses, we leaned on each other and our faith to get through the best we could
Sabina’s birthday was around Christmas and it felt natural to do one of the Santa runs for her. Ironically the race was very close to her house. I decided on my way there to drive by her house and just reflect before I ran the race. I just knew it was going to be an emotional one. As always, God gave me a boost. My friend Jon Sendal was doing the race and was a very avid runner. He had been following my story and we had become friends. I was on the tail end of the race and I saw him running towards me…. I said I am doing what I can and he said: “Rolando it’s time to go, we are going to get your personal best today!” I looked up like this guy is going to kill me?!?
I did get my personal best and thank you, Jon, for being there for me.
12/7/2019 – Great Santa Run 5k Run – 170 of 320 – 34:44
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 40:31