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Playa del Rey mom shares words of hope after COVID-19 diagnosis

Stacey and her family pose for a photo.

By Stacey Cochrane, Contributing Columnist

I stepped outside my front door for the first time in three weeks. While so much in the world has changed since I was last outside, so much is also the same. The birds are singing, the grass is green, and while the beach may be empty, the ocean is still waving and the sky is free of smog and more blue than most Angelenos have seen in their lifetime. The Coronavirus pandemic has changed all of our lives, in one way or another. With that has come a ton of fear, anxiety and worry about what is to come–but in my experience, it has also brought a bunch of hope, love and a sense of community and “togetherness” that hasn’t been seen for years. My name is Stacey Cochrane, and this is the story of my family and our experience catching and recovering from COVID-19.

We don’t know where we got the virus. We have one possible contact who was maybe possibly sick, but no travel, no confirmed cases close to us, and no clues as to where we caught it. It was a day in early March when it infected my family and changed our lives for the month of March 2020. My husband woke up with symptoms that overlapped almost completely with the flu and Coronavirus, except one: he also had chest tightness, which is only a symptom of COVID-19. While he called his doctor to ask for advice, they told him what many health practitioners are having to tell their patients these days: they couldn’t see him in the office, they didn’t know what he had and no, he couldn’t get a test. At this point in March, unless you had recently traveled to China or Italy, you were not a candidate for testing. During a global pandemic where the advice is complete and total isolation if you have it, this didn’t feel comforting. I took to Facebook and heard from a friend who knew a doctor in Huntington Beach that was doing testing.

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In your hometown with…the Wilsons

Public service is what Sylvia Wilson was born to do. She just didn’t know how or what that would mean for her personally, but she knew that was what she was aiming for since she got her first taste at age 8 as a precinct captain for her local Congressmember in her hometown of Modesto. 

“Growing up, my parents were very politically active and always having events at our home to raise money for different activities within our community. Plus, my mom was an educator and a guidance counselor who spent hours outside of work helping her students, so I got to see firsthand how rewarding it is to be of service,” said Sylvia. “Dad also helped in his job as superintendent of juvenile hall for 25 years.” 

These days, with the full support of husband, Allen, and their three kids, Sylvia is doing what she was meant to do: supporting moms and families in Westchester and Los Angeles County. Recently elected to the Neighborhood Council, Sylvia is thrilled to represent North Kentwood. 

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Community Spotlight: Westchester mom hopes to make Super Pop bars a household name

Westchester mom, Melissa Wessely, is hoping to take the protein bar market by storm with her line of crispy, creamy Super Pop bars.

Wessely always had a passion for healthy eating and nutrition, but when her oldest daughter was born, the desire to find healthy options that were easy to eat on the go went into overdrive. Frustrated after looking at label after label with artificial ingredients and sugars, Wessely became determined to create her own all-natural snacks that were not only tasty and portable, but would also appeal to adults and kids alike.  Continue reading

Last Chance to Nominate a Super Mom!

Last chance to nominate a Super Mom for our 2017 Mother’s Day edition!

Nominations are now open for the HomeTown News’ fourth annual Super Moms edition, in honor of Mother’s Day. We are asking our readers to nominate super moms from Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista and Marina del Rey, who make a difference in the community through their dedication to their families, neighborhoods, local schools and/or careers by Tuesday, April 11. Continue reading

Nominate a Super Mom!

Nominate a Super Mom for our Mother’s Day edition!

Nominations are now open for the HomeTown News’ fourth annual Super Moms edition, in honor of Mother’s Day. We are asking our readers to nominate super moms from Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista and Marina del Rey, who make a difference in the community through their dedication to their families, neighborhoods, local schools and/or careers by Tuesday, April 11. Continue reading

Calling all Super Moms!

Do you know a mom from Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista or Marina del Rey that deserves to be recognized for being awesome?

The HomeTown News is asking our readers to nominate super moms who are making a difference in the community through their dedication to their families, careers, local schools and/or neighborhood. Please email your Super Mom nominations to westchesterhometown@yahoo.com. Include your contact information and don’t forget to let us know what makes your nominee a Super Mom! We will feature some of these inspiring local moms and their stories in our May edition in honor of Mother’s Day.

Our featured 2016 Super Mom honorees will be treated to having their photo taken by Ballerini Cooley Studios in Playa del Rey, as well as a gift bag with items from local businesses.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 18.

Updated: Thursday, April 14.