“When I first started getting better, I felt a lot of pressure to be perfect. I’d been given a second chance and I wanted to do everything just right, better than before. I wanted always to be kind and generous and never to do anything wrong, but that was so tiring. Finally I talked to my dad about it, and he said: ‘Maybe your original self was so good that God wants you to use this second chance to continue being just who you are. You don't need to be perfect.’ That helped me a lot.
“I had maybe a 1% chance of getting pregnant after the leukemia treatment, but I have a five-year-old daughter now. I only speak Spanish to her, and she understands everything. There’s a new little boy in her classroom from Venezuela who doesn't speak English, so she’s sort of the official interpreter. I told her, ‘You’re going to be doing a lot of this. Better get used to it.’ I’m very proud of her. She's my second miracle.”
Margarita Sandino, Director of Education, Dixon Gallery & Gardens
4339 Park Avenue 38117