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So many beautiful people helped to bring this title to life
and I'd like to take a moment to say thank you.

Mom & Dad

To my parents, Jose P. Díaz and Emma L. Aponte, for always supporting my journey, nourishing my imagination, keeping the traditions of our culture alive, and for teaching us the value of knowing and embracing our heritage.

Mis Abuelos

A mis abuelos, Alfredo Aponte, Emma Díaz, y Cecilia Rivera, por todo el amor que me han dado, por compartir su sabiduría e historia, 

y por ser una brújula en mi vida.

My Husband

To my husband, I have no words to describe how grateful I am to have you. 

Your selflessness inspires me and makes me fall in love all over again. 

Mi Familia

A mi familia, por recordarme siempre que con Dios todo se puede, 

y sin Dios no vale la pena.

Dr. José Valentino Ruiz

To Dr. Jose Valentino Ruiz, for your friendship and your ceaseless care and guidance down this road.

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