My family, growing up, was definitely not a typical family. My parents were divorced when I was
six months old and my mother lost custody of us when I was 5, due to her mental illness. My dad had to work to get us back from foster care. So it was stressful and emotionally challenging. But, you know, I always knew I would be ok. My relationship with my mother dramatically changed when she stopped taking her medication. It was kind of just a snowball
effect. Shortly after Christmas my mom found… She was dead. She had… they said, had a massive heart attack. After my mom passed, I felt a sense of strength I hadn’t felt in years. So I decided to go back to school. When I realized that the physical
therapy program was available here at Lane, it was like I had an ‘a-ha moment’ of ‘Wow.’ Physical Therapy. Perfect. What I love about this lab is that how well-equipped it is, how our instructors are readily
available for us to practice and really get hands on experience with them as well as our classmate. I never felt so much support than I did here at Lane. I’m so glad that I decided to come be a student at Lane Community
College. I would love to work in the acute care floor at Riverbend. I just I really want to
help people who are undergoing tramatic events
that led them to need physical therapy. I know that my mom would be so proud of me, today. That she woul… she knows how hard my life has been, and how far I’ve come. Even in her non-lucid states of mind, I think they should be very happy. For me for following my dream and doing what I needed to do to take care of myself and my children. I’m so appreciative to have that support to know that people care enough to invest in me. It means so much.