My name is Monica. I am 26 years old. I was born at LBJ Hospital in Houston, TX. My birth mom had me. She was an alcoholic and drug addict. She was so sick and she couldn't take care of me. I was 3 pounds and 8 ounces when they found out I had cocaine in my system. They immediately called Child Protective Services and put me into a foster home. I stayed in the foster home until I was about a couple months old. I then met my adopted parents and took me into their life. They took good care of me and I was now their child.
I have lived with FASD all of my life. I was very impulsive and happy. My parents told me that I have FASD when I was older, so I understood what it was. I have a wonderful life and I'm so glad I got adopted. I wished my mom had made good choices in her life. Inside I am thankful for everything. I now have a job as a teacher’s assistant at the Rise School of Houston. I work with kids with disabilities and without.
I love traveling and hanging out with friends and family. I enjoy watching movies. I love comedy. I've been in different schools and a community college that has helped me a lot with a career. I wanted to go and I had the help of different people to get me in this career. I was an intern at first, and then a volunteer. They hired me after I went through training and got the job.
I am telling my story because I want people to know what FASD is and why we have it. I am here with purpose and to help others!