Celina Lomeli was born in Guadalajara, Mexico on August 24, 1965. She was raised by her two loving parents and is the second youngest of her twelve brothers and sisters. Growing up they did not live a wealthy rich life, they owned a small market in their town. When my mom was six years old her parents decided to make the big move to the United States. Nine of the twelve children moved to the US. Due to the family’s financial hardships seven of the children moved into a four bedroom home. All together nine people were living in a small four bedroom house in East Los Angeles, California. My mom attended the local public schools which were filled with gangs. Even in middle school, she was exposed to drugs and gang members. It was tough for her to stay away from the gang affiliated people since there was so many of them. However, she was able to stay away all throughout middle school and high school. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1983.
Starting a Family:
After high school she had to find work to help support herself and her family. She had many different part time jobs until she found a full time position as a receptionists at a medical office. At that medical office she met my dad, Martin Lomeli. After only a year of dating they got married on December 6, 1986 and they moved to Mid-City Los Angeles and had their first child Jonathan in October of 1987. Following their son they had two more daughters, Jacqueline in May of 1990 and Emely in November of 1994. They lived in the same Mid-City home for twenty-two years.
Throughout the years she stayed working at that medical office. She slowly made her way up from receptionist to team leader, supervisor and now to office manager. She is a Site Manager for a UCLA Health System Medical Office in Santa Monica, CA. My mom had to work hard to get to her position. English being her second language has definitely made it hard for her to be successful. She has been able to overcome that language barrier and be successful. The language barrier was not the only hardship that she had to overcome. She also suffers from Fibromyalgia. Despite all the symptoms she feels my mom has still gone above and beyond with her job to be successful. Her job requires her to be available 24/7 and it has caused her a lot of stress and headaches on top of her Fibromyalgia. Since it is a syndrome it cannot be cured but I can be treated with many different medications.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia:
- affects the muscles and soft tissue
- chronic muscle pain
- sleep problems
- painful tender points or trigger points
- chronic headaches
- excruciating back and neck pain
My mom’s life is a roller coaster with many ups and downs. She lost her parents when she was just twenty-two years old. It deeply saddens her that my siblings and I were unable to grow up with my grandparents around. My mom never stopped working hard despite all the pain she felt. She always strived to work hard because she wanted to keep her children in private catholic schools in Santa Monica since the schools in their neighborhood were very poor and in bad neighborhoods. She wanted her children to get a better education than she did.
Caring for the Family:
My mom’s health issues have always been a struggle for her. Some days she is unable to even get out of bed but she pushes herself to keep moving because she wants the best for her children even though they are all grown up now. Despite her always being tired and in pain she never showed it. Instead of complaining about her condition she would share her love and kindness to everyone around her especially her children. She never lets us forget how much she loves us. Even on her worse days when she is in the most pain, she put her children’s needs before hers. If one of us had a cold she would take care of us before herself. She is very selfless and is always putting others before herself. She never forgets about other people.
Putting others before herself is definitely a high priority for my mom. There has been many occasions where she has chosen to fulfill someone else’s happiness rather than her own. She works extra-long hours at work just so that she can send me to college. Her children’s success is very important to her and it makes her happy.
She has had to deal with numerous health issues not just including her own. When her son was only ten years old he nearly lost his life. Like any other mother, she was absolutely devastated and heartbroken when he was almost taken from her. She is eternally grateful that she still has him. He suffers from epilepsy and is in constant worry that he will have a seizure at any given time. She never stops taking care of him. To this day she makes sure he takes his proper medication even though he no longer lives under her roof. Her maternal love is everlasting and beyond expectations. She is first a mother and then a wife.
Being a mother is her accomplishment and success. She is a mother not just to her children but to everyone around her. She always knows when someone is feeling down and needs someone to just listen to them. She is always willing to help others and lend her helping hand. Many of the people she encounters adore her for being such a great, compassionate, and understanding friend.
Emely Lomeli attends California State University of Northridge as a Child and Adolescent Development major. She enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family.