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Not Always a Valley of Tears - A Memoir of a Life Well Lived

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Pascuala Herrera
Ana Clements
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**2021 winner of Soon ToBe Famous Illinois Author Project for the Spanish Category De la Página a la Fama.

**2022 Indie Author of the Year

Pascuala Herrera, a Mexican immigrant woman with a physical disability resulting from childhood polio, had the odds against her, yet she conquered simply by working hard, having unfailing faith, and finding her own life purpose.  Although her mother always told her that “life was a valley of tears,” Pascuala learned that although there were many difficult moments in her life, there were also beautiful miracles that happened every day. Pascuala Herrera tells her life’s narrative with honest painful stories, simple yet joyous triumphs, and humor that will lead all readers to embrace their own struggles and realize that life is “Not Always a Valley of Tears.” From being a child crawling in the streets of her pueblo in Mexico to becoming a successful educator in the United States, she proved that everything is possible.  This autobiography covers many facets of the human experience – race, health, disability, religion, poverty, immigration, access to medical care, education, disability rights, miscarriage, adoption and much more. For supplemental materials for the book, please visit:

Author Bio:

Pascuala Herrera was a Professor and Accessibility Specialist at Harper College for 30 years and now is a full-time consultant and author of a memoir titled Not Always a Valley of Tears. She was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States at the age of six. Due to childhood polio, she is physically disabled and uses a motorized wheelchair. She received her BA in Sociology and M.Ed in Reading and Learning Disabilities at DePaul University in Chicago. She is a frequent local and national presenter on the topic of disability awareness, motivation, and the importance of education for individuals with disabilities and Latino students. Pascuala has received many recognitions for her contributions, and in 2019, she was selected as Distinguished Faculty, the highest honor given to a faculty member at Harper College. She prides herself on leading by example. As a Latina, disabled woman, she inspires and motivates others to believe that the impossible can sometimes be possible.

Author: Pascuala Herrera

Narrator: Ana Clements

Publisher: Pascuala Herrera

Copyright: 2021 Pascuala Herrera 

Running Time: 10:55:32

ISBN: 9781959162636

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