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.”