"When life gets tough, Women rise above it"

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with the makers of Pine-Sol® Products and Latina Bloggers Connect, however, all opinions and commentary are my own.

Who is your role model? According to a recent survey* 86% of women ages 35 plus, say their biggest female role model is someone they know personally, not a celebrity or political figure. Women see the best female role models as a family or community member. To recognize and celebrate the remarkable women among us, Pine-Sol® has teamed up with actress and activist Rosie Perez to launch the ‘When Life Gets Tough, Women Rise Above It’ campaign.

As part of this awesome campaign, Pine-Sol® donated $25,000 to Women Empowered, a nonprofit based in Los Angeles that connects, educates and supports women of all ages and backgrounds, inspiring them to give back to their communities.

From now until January 31, 2014, women across the country are encouraged to contribute their own stories of triumph to Pine-Sol’s® collection of stories by visiting www.WomenRiseAboveIt.com or www.LasMujeresNoSeRinden.com.

Here is my story.
I rose above... grief and heartache. 
I am rising above and I am staying strong. 
It has been 6 years since my son was born and passed away. The thought of not bringing my son home was never even a possibility in my mind. His room was ready for him, his clothes were washed, the car seat was in the car. After he was born, the doctors discovered an inoperable heart condition and told us he could not be saved. 
As most could only imagine, as a first time mother, I was heart broken. I was able to spend a week straight holed up in our apartment with my husband, just being together. Once my husband returned to work, reality hit that I was on "maternity leave." I spent the day in bed or on my couch with my dog and cat. I even needed my mother to come drive me to the grocery store, because my focus was just gone. 
The hardest part of my healing came a few months later when I had to return to work. I worked at a school, and the last time my students saw me, I was very pregnant. I had to return to work and explain to a bunch of 12-17 year old's what happened. It was really tough for a few days, because for each absent student, I had to explain it again the next day. 
Now, 6 years later, I write about my son on my blog and share my story hoping to give other grieving mothers hope that it will get better. I have two beautiful, smart and healthy daughters that fill my day with fun. This is my story of triumph. When life gets tough, Women rise above it. Although, my heart will always ache for my son, I am proof that things will get better. 
So, what's your story? Here's your chance to share what it is that you went through to make you stronger today.  Pine-Sol® encourages you to share your story of triumph and be entered to win some amazing prizes. Check them out!

- Once a week for 12 weeks, Pine-Sol® will award one lucky winner small tokens of appreciation. (Flower bouquet + Pine Sol coupons) ARV: $150
- Three first prize winners will receive complimentary house cleaning services for a year ARV: $2,400
- One grand prize winner will be awarded an all-inclusive trip to enjoy a peaceful spa experience at a deluxe hotel. ARV: $5,000

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States & D.C. 18 years and older. Ends 1/31/14 at 11:59 a.m. PT. To enter and for Official Rules, including odds, and prize descriptions, visit www.womenriseaboveit.com. Void where prohibited.

SIN OBLIGACIÓN DE COMPRA. Abierto a residentes legales de los 50 estados de los Estados Unidos y D.C., mayores de 18 años. Termina el 1/31/14 a las 11:59 a.m. PT Para participar y consultar las Reglas oficiales, incluyendo las probabilidades y las descripciones de los premios, visitewww.lasmujeresnoserinden.com. Nulo donde esté prohibido.

*Wakefield Research conducted a survey among women across the U.S. on behalf of Pine-Sol® Brand Cleaners.