As a former teacher of 11 years that worked closely with children on the autism spectrum, I know firsthand the time, effort, and dedication it takes to raise and care for children with special needs. Raquel has always gone above and beyond to make sure that her daughter’s needs were met, that she received all the services that she was eligible for, and that she excelled in school no matter what it took. She has always been an active participant in all school functions, school committees etc. To say that she is dedicated is truly an understatement. You know, though, being as involved as she is in her daughter’s success is exhausting. Her days are long, her breaks are short, and time for herself is limited. She struggled with energy, with her weight, and getting through the day, which in turn affected her ability to properly care for her daughter. When she started changing her nutrition and daily exercise routine through Beachbody, she regained herself in ways she never imagined. By taking care of herself, she is now a much better version of herself, and she can give herself to her daughter and family in so many more ways. I’m so proud of all that she has accomplished and continues to accomplish. She has truly gained so much though this process that she is now helping others in the same situation. What a blessing she is to the autism community.