How a tragedy help me find my passion

It was the fall of 2010 let change my life forever in the ways I never thought it would have changed as I was a freshman in high school going through many changes in my life already and just trying to find my past and what I wanted to do in the next four years.

When something tragical happened in my life that I would never forget for the rest of my life on October 19, 2010, my longtime friend Daniel who had cerebral palsy and a brain tumor lost his battle to cancer after battling cancer for quite some time now.

At first, I was very shocked and very saddened so many mixed emotions came to mind I had anger I had sadness inside of me sometimes I was happy that he was in a better place and there were

other times were I kept thinking that I was a sick friend because I couldn’t prevent cancer from spreading throughout his whole body

Needless to say, my mind was a ticking time bomb ready to explode on anything I could living in the world but not living it because my mind was very dark and I carry this feeling of guilt I

would often ask myself why couldn’t I have gotten the brain tumor why couldn’t I have died at the age of 15 years old Daniel wanted to do so much with his life and now he was gone.

I didn’t know how to channel that kind of emotions of grieving and losing a friend at such a young age.


Until one day while going to Barnes& Noble with my stepdad drinking a Starbucks vanilla bean Frappuccino with whip cream and looking at all the bestsellers book section it all just click to me and when I got home that night, I opened my word processor.

And begin writing the first sentence to my book James Ticking Time Bomb, and I haven’t stopped writing every since

I find writing to be one of the greatest gifts, but I could ever receive, and I’m thankful for the people I’ve gotten to meet on my journey as a self-publish author.

Seven years ago if you would’ve told me that I was going to be a self-published author I probably would’ve laughed in your face and yeah right I’m probably going to be a graphic designer Or an actress In Hollywood.


But now here I am the 22-year-old women with cerebral palsy using my gift of writing to spread awareness on cerebral palsy but also inspire others with the power of my words.

I just want people to know that sometimes it takes a tragedy in life for you to find your passion and your dreams.


Tylia Flores

Tylia Flores is a 23-year-old born with cerebral palsy. Although her condition has affected her mobility, it has never affected her will and determination.

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