36 year old Gabby is very different from 17 year old Gabby. I attribute who I am today to the years spent watching my mother. Early on, people would tell me "she's your angel looking down on you." That sounds sweet but it's not the same as her being here. After all these years, I still yearn for my mother's affirmation and approval. Everything I am, to my core, is because of her. I'm proud of the woman that I've become, I just wish she could have met her.