It was November 2012 when I was diagnosed with "Idiopathic Scoliosis" a condition that deviates the vertebrae of the spine creating curvatures that in many occasions cause deformities in internal organs, 4 months before I had suffered a very important family loss, and in the severity of my condition, which could often be corrected with therapy, the only solution was surgery, one that could leave me paralyzed. I had always been attached to the church, since I was very young, I decided to name this stage the were: I lost my faith.
Eight months later I entered the operating room, it was July, the date of my surgery coincided with the novena of Mary Mystic Rose and once I was at home, in a long and difficult recovery, to my surprise, a pilgrim image of the Mystic Rose came to visit me. Mother Mary reaffirmed to me that she had not left me alone and next to her and thanks to the marvel of the TV I was able to live WYD Rio 2013, there in my bed, almost without being able to walk and with much pain, I made a promise to my father God, in 2 more days? I am because I am!
The surprise came again when Francisco said "in 2019... in Panama" in my country? But I had to travel to the journey. What I didn’t know was that I could live it in many ways and today I have been collaborating as a volunteer for the preparation of WYD Panama 2019, fulfilling my promise to God that I am because I am, enjoying it to the maximum and convinced that when you work for the King there is no physical limitation that my condition or the long recovery of it can cause me.
Cristina Rodriguez, Panama