Carmela Roth started her career in her dream job as an event planner and went on to own her own businesses. The year she struck out on her own is the same year she adopted a beautiful baby girl, Andrea, who truly is a blessing.
Being a bit of an introvert herself and not being able to carry a tune just adds to her immense awe and pride Carmela feels while watching her daughter perform on stage, sing opera and play the piano.
The mother daughter duo enjoys traveling together and with her parents, who have been there every step of the way, traveling back and forth from the east coast to spend time with their granddaughter. They’ve been to Europe twice and have a map peppered with colorful push pins of “places we’ve been” and “places to go.”
Andie started having severe abdominal pain in the 5th grade. After 10 months of doctor visits, trips to the ER, various tests, medications and special diets, the pain seemed to disappear as mysteriously as it began.
The following year, Andie started having severe leg pain and had to drop out of a competitive dance team, which was devastating. During Christmas of 2019, Carmela, Andrea and her grandparents went on a European Christmas River Cruise to experience the various Christmas markets and to visit the house of Anne Frank. Andrea has long been fascinated with history and WWII and was looking very forward to the trip however, Andie missed most of the excursions because she couldn’t walk much and was unable to complete the tour of the Anne Frank house.
2020 was not only the year of a tragic pandemic, social distancing and isolation but for Andrea, a year of online middle school, getting diagnosed with CRPS, numerous doctor appointments (in-person and virtual), various medications, therapy, acupuncture and PT. And because Andrea is a single child living with a single mom, 2020 was also a very lonely year as well. CRPS has wracked havoc on Andrea’s life but combined with the pandemic, Carmela has been trying to best support Andrea’s psychological and emotional well-being.
After months of research, Carmela discovered Whole Child LA and in December, Andrea had her first appointment. They are, together, led by the Whole Child LA team, embarking on this journey of healing.
Carmela is interested in being part of the CHYP Caretaker Advisory Board and connecting with others living with similar challenges. She would like to share their journey, their experience, what they have learned and what they are learning to help others and to be part of a caring, understanding and supportive village. Because it truly does take a village….