She says the biggest challenge of all was breaking the news to her children. And it was from their unwavering support that she found most strength.
Zoraida underwent a double mastectomy back in May and now she is back and better than ever, even sharing her very personal story.
Zoraida, who has two kids, Nico, 14, and Sofia, 10, says, “The first thought I had when I was diagnosed with cancer was this: ‘How would I tell my kids?’”
"Once he knew, my son became one of 2.85 million U.S. children sharing their parents' fight against cancer."
Nico then reached out to his friends for support, but was there to support his mom through her whole fight.
He had worried Zoraida’s fiancé Kenny would walk away, but he stuck by her side as well. Zoraida says Nico and Kenny are two of the strongest men she knows.
“I need their strength,” she says. “Nico's was the last familiar face I saw before surgery. And the first when I came out.”
Zoraida says she was used to caring for her kids. “Not the other way around.”
She stresses the lesson she's learned that “leaning on your child is not a bad thing” in the process of healing.
“So don’t underestimate what your children can do for you.”
It's being called the saddest moment in Jeopardy history – an 8th grader loses final jeopardy during kids week for misspelling the word "emancipation."
12-year-old Thomas Hurley III correctly answered the question about the Emancipation Proclamation, but because of the misspelling, it was ruled out by host Alex Trebek.
He later told his local newspaper, "I was pretty upset that I was cheated out of the final 'Jeopardy!' question. It was just a spelling error."
Many have pointed out however, that even if Hurley spelled the answer correctly, he would not have won. The boy who did win, 12-year-old Skyler Hornback, set a kids week record, winning $30,000 in one episode.
What do you think? Is is fair Hurley's answer was disqualified?
The Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration are now much closer to solving the mystery behind the cyclospora outbreak that has sickened hundreds in 16 states.
“Federal authorities say they know the source of tainted salad mix that has sickened more than 200 people in Nebraska and Iowa since mid-June,” reports CNN's Athena Jones.
According to the FDA, a pre-packaged salad mix supplied by Taylor Farms of Mexico and served in Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants is responsible for the cyclospora infections in those states.
“This morning they're investigating if it's linked to 200 additional cases in 14 other states,” which food safety expert Caroline Smith Dewaal says may take some time.
“This could be one outbreak where the trace back isn't complete yet, or it could be multiple outbreaks and FDA is still tracking down all of the food source,” Dewaal says.
“Taylor Farms of Mexico says it is cooperating fully with the FDA in their ongoing investigation,” Jones reports.
The company said in a statement, "Taylor Farms de Mexico assesses and tests all water sources, raw product fields; every lot, every day for any risk to our valued customers' products. We are redoubling and enhancing our testing and scrutiny in these areas to further assure food safety."
According to the company, “The product shipped in June is no longer in the supply chain and bagged salad is safe to eat,” Jones reports.
“The expert we talked to said the fact that this is now being found in this part of Mexico is a big deal," Jones says, "because the US market has long-relied on this region to supply leafy salad greens at certain times of year.”
Shocking video of a 13-year-old boy being brutally attacked by three 15-year-olds on a school bus in Florida has emerged. All three boys have been charged in the attack, but questions are now emerging about the only adult present - so why didn't the school bus driver do more?
John Moody, the bus driver, says he did all he could, even though he stopped far short of physically stepping in to protect the victim.
In the video, the victim cries for help as he is mercilessly punched and stomped, reports CNN's Pamela Brown. Police say the attackers broke the victim's arm and stole his money.
According to Pinellas County school policy, the driver is not required to intervene, only to call dispatch. Moody says he was too afraid to step in:
"The three boys just jumped on him and started pounding on him and I did all can. I was looking. It was like I was in shock. I was petrified," he says in the above video.
Pinellas County leaves it up to the driver, but many counties actually forbid drivers from physically stopping fights.
Gulfport police say Moody won't face charges, but that the 64-year-old – who retired just two weeks after the beating – could have done more.
John Moody says this was his only problem in 18 years of driving and he doesn't want to be judged – or remembered – for it.