This woman, who came here in the '60s as an immigrant, remembers her struggles then and is continuing to help immigrants. - - Donna Poisl
Written by Mark Curnutte
Margarita Brewer had the benefit of an education - including formal English - and an American GI husband when she moved to the United States from her native Panama at age 22.
Still, her transition was difficult. She remembers the loneliness of those early years in North Carolina during the 1960s.
"You are homesick, you miss your family, you miss your food and your music," she said. "You feel like you are dropped onto another planet, no matter where you come from. It was so hard for me because of pronunciation."
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