My name is Denise, but I like to go by Dee. Gratitude means a lot to me, I am grateful to be here in this moment in time, living on the present moment, learning how to get free from old believes and feelings that kept me living on the past for way too long. I have moved to United States from my home Country Brazil almost 10 years ago. Only my son and I, to start a new chapter on our lives. By that time my son was 5 years old and I didn’t speak English at all, when moved to here. I barely studied English in Brazil, I studied for 6 month only, which was not enough. I remember when I first got here at the Airport, they had to call a Portuguese Interpreter because I could not help myself… The hard part of being an immigrant, is when you realize you are part of a big web, thousands and thousands immigrants just like you, which don’t speak English well enough or have an accent which makes hard to a non-fluent English speaker to understand… I am in love with my adopted Country United States, the culture and diversity makes me feel big and part of something magic.
Definitely a different approach where I came from, because here I learned how to respect others people point of view and to expect equal treatment. Only someone coming from another culture like mine will understand what I am saying. What I achieved in almost 10 years here, could not pursue in my home Country for almost 30 years… I learned English by myself. Only enrolled in College few years later in 2010, and have my own business and support my son and I by myself.
Have been married once here, this is the reason why my son and I moved to United States. Unfortunately, he was not the “Prince Charming” and I believed in it with all my heart, to the point to leave everything behind in Brazil to start a new life with him here. I have being divorced for almost 8 years now, with a not happy ending. He was extremely abusive and controlling man to the point of to protect my life, I had to look for shelter and later to fight for my rights under the domestic violence laws. The hardest part was, I was an immigrant with no status granted yet, and I had a fiancé visa, which we were going to apply for the “green card” after the marriage. In this mean time, we had lots of ups and downs and he convinced me to send my son back to Brazil for short visit, while we got things straight up. But this short visit cost me two and half years apart from my son. He lied to me, regarding visa status and when my son stepped out of Unite States he lost his rights to come back. The only way I could be reunited with him was when I won a battle against my former husband to grant the divorce under domestic violence and then proceeded with the case to adjust my immigration status under the domestic violence petition, which I could apply for my son’s green card and finally bring him back to me.
Making a decision to stay here and fighting for my rights might not seemed logical at that moment, because I was apart from my son and all alone on an strange Nation but I did stay and not knowing what the results were going to be… I stayed and fought! Today I understand the Creator had a plan for me, everything happens for a reason, only now I understand it. This is why I am here writing to you to let you know that “EVERYTHING WILL BE ALL RIGHT…” just believe in yourself and do what feels right to you. Didn’t mean to be so long on my very first post… Inevitably have a lot to say kind didn’t know where to start but here is, hope you all enjoy it.
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