“My husband passed away in 2015 and I went back to school for a better life for me and my boys. I pursued psychology but life happened and I got away from it. I graduated high school in 1990 and my oldest came in 1992, so school was put on hold. I went back in 2016 and graduated in July. I am here today taking graduation pictures for my mom. Fruit Rollups got me through the homework. I went through a box of 48 of them one night while studying for my anatomy final. I asked for Fruit Rollups for Christmas that year
I have done the thing I never thought I would accomplish
I am a manager at Build-A-Bear Workshop and worked full time while I went to school. I prayed to God for a sign about going back to school and won a scholarship from Build-A-Bear. That was the sign. I want to work with substance abuse children. I have always been drawn to helping friends and I have been told I have a good ear to listen. My senior project is becoming a research project and automatically qualified me for the master’s program. I start that in January.
My husband died from complications with diabetes. It moved into congestive heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. He didn’t take care of himself and ate what he wanted to eat. It took his life Christmas 2015. The tattoo is my husband’s last heartbeat that was not supported by a machine. Some nurses have seen it and recognize it is not a good heartbeat, but he is always with me. Both of the boys will be getting the tattoo on their arm when they are old enough.
I have done the thing I never thought I would accomplish. I was the only grandkid on my dad’s side who hadn’t graduated from college. My grandmother and my husband would be so proud.”