What to know:Melissa Cartagena had just gotten home from playing the weekend, and she couldn’t stop thinking about the game she missed.
Her mother, Michelle Cartagenas, said the family was devastated when the game was canceled.
“We just didn’t know what to do, we didn’t really know what the future was going to hold,” she said.
“I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to do now.
I’m not sure what I can do.”
A little more than a week ago, the family had heard the news about the cancellation, but they still hadn’t decided where to live.
Michelle Cartagenes said she was “really excited” about being able to go to the game, but she had no idea where to go.
She didn’t want to go on the bus, she said, but the other family members said they didn’t think it was possible.
“So we’re like, ‘Oh, we can’t afford that,'” she said of their decision.
“The family is trying to decide whether or not they want to live in the city of San Antonio or somewhere else.
And so we’re still thinking about that.”
When the news broke, Cartagenos were in shock.
“How can you possibly get a game?” she said as she was sitting on the porch, holding her 2-year-old daughter.
“And then you have to worry about whether or, I don’t know, you have kids, and you’re like I want to be able to keep them safe.
So you have your kids, but how do you keep them in the best shape?””
We’re not going to stay here, you know?”
Cartageno said, as she leaned in to hug her daughter.
“We’re going to move.”
When they got to the airport, they called a local agent, who explained the situation to Michelle Cartagnenas.
They didn’t have any other options.
“It’s a decision that needs to be made between the family and our insurance company,” the agent said.
“And so, we had to make that decision.”
So how do we afford to go?
The family decided they needed to move.
They needed to rent a place.
So they looked around for an apartment.
Michelle Cartagenas said they chose to rent in a downtown condominium complex.
“For us, it’s a little bit of a gamble because it’s something that we’ve been living in for five years now,” Michelle Cartagneas said.
It took about two months to find the right place, but that’s where the family ended up.
The family moved into the complex last year, but Michelle Cartaguena said she had to find an apartment there that was right next door.
The first few months were rough.
The building was filled with smoke.
The first few weeks were very difficult.
“That was a really tough time, especially after a game, because you’re just really nervous,” Michelle said.
She said her parents didn’t talk about the possibility of going back to their hometown.
They just talked about the experience.
“Because we were so excited and we were like, We’re going back,” she explained.
“I guess we weren’t expecting to go back to where we were.”
That was before she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The family says the experience made them realize the cost of living in San Antonio.
“This is a big decision that’s going to take some time,” Michelle added.
“But I think that we’re looking forward to being able get back to San Antonio.”
And that’s exactly what Michelle did.
She moved back to the city in September and now is the resident of a condo.
She has another daughter who lives in a different condo.
And she and her husband have taken care of the baby.
“There are things that we do that we can do, but I think it’s really important that we make sure that the family is able to be supported, and they’re able to move out,” Michelle explained.