Cancer picked the wrong diva
For six months, she woke up every day and rallied the strength to get through chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Then, she went to work as a DJ, “The Mid-Day Diva,” on local radio station Mega 104.3. Most of her loyal listeners didn’t know that she was undergoing cancer treatments; she continued to keep them singing and dancing all day to the old school tunes like those of Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson and Carlos Santana.
One day a week, Angie Gomez would undergo a five-hour chemotherapy session and, then, every day for a month, she had to attend radiation sessions. She did all of this while still being on the air and performing four or five nights per week with the local Latino R&B band, Power Drive.
This is what Angie Gomez’ life was like after being diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma three days before Christmas in December of 2009. All of a sudden she was under attack and found herself in the middle of the greatest battle of her life, fighting against cancer.
As if that weren’t enough to deal with, she and her boyfriend of four years ended their relationship in the midst of her first round of chemotherapy treatments. She was tired. She was hurt. She was scared. But, at least she had her mother to lean on; her rock, she said. Her strong mother helped her through; her mother went to every chemotherapy and radiation session with Angie. She said her mom had always taught her to be a fighter and a strong woman. She held on to the idea that, with her mother’s strength and God on her side, she should be able to get through anything. I saw this Latina Still Standing fight this monster with grace and dignity and a strong resolve. The following year, Angie lost her grandmother, with whom she had a close bond. This past March, she unexpectedly lost her mother, her rock.
Angie beat cancer. She didn’t let it beat her down and she has now been in remission for two years. She continues to pursue her life-long dream of entertaining and inspiring people in the Valley of the Sun and in her hometown of Superior, Arizona.
She is now working on writing and recording her own music, as well as creating a personal line of jewelry, both to be released in the near future. In her quest to further inspire and motivate other women, Angie will be holding her first annual Free Women’s Expo conference on September 8 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino. The conference will include several motivational speakers, Zumba® demonstrations, several vendors and a fashion show. She is hoping to continue to motivate and empower other women to keep standing! (I will share more details as they become available.)
Diana Bejarano’s professional background includes more than 15 years of marketing and communication experience. She was named in “40 under 40” by the Phoenix Business Journal (2005) and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2007). She is also a Hispanic Leadership Institute graduate (2007). She is an Arizona native and a graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or latinastillstanding.blogspot.com