Sandra Pabon was born on August 11th, 1954 to Enio Pabon, and Diana Borges in the Bronx. She was the only child, but lived close to her aunts, uncles, and cousins. At the age of 15, she endured a spinal operation in which a metal rod was integrated within her spine. She was bedridden for two consecutive years, and found it difficult to resume her “normal” life. She lived her whole life with pain as a result, and was declared disabled. In 1977, she gave birth to her only child, Jessica Martinez, in Puerto Rico, and fled an abusive relationship. She raised her daughter herself, and for a long time lived a life of poverty living in deplorable conditions. She did however, find God, and her home church (Fellowship Baptist) that gave her a sense of belonging, and a purpose to live for Christ. In fact, her aunt, Balbarita, led her to the Lord, and she loved Jesus with all of her heart and soul. While she suffered from extreme lack, she had amazing faith. God opened up a door, and her daughter was given a scholarship, through her church, for her daughter to attend a private Christian school. When her daughter reached high school, she made lunches at the school to pay her daughter’s tuition, taking 2 busses and trains with holes in her shoes in the snow. Soon after, she began working as a Spanish Court Interpreter, for the state of New York, and moved her family into a nicer area. After retiring, she relocated to Columbia, SC to live close to her grandchildren, Erick, Victoria, and Xiomayra Martinez. Her family was her life, and she loved God. While she loved the Lord, she struggled with mental illness, and strived to overcome her alcoholism. After each episode, she would return to the loving, compassionate, and God-fearing woman she really was. She really wanted to get better, and always had faith she would overcome her cycle of illness. Even in her episodes, she was singing to the Lord. She was strong, fierce, and 100% genuine. She was not afraid of combative situations, and fought many battles with victory. She supported her family, friends, and always encouraged others. She made a big impact in the world, and loved giving out her Daily Breads. She made great friends at celebrate recovery, and loved her VIVE family. She will be greatly missed by all.
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