FRANCES VERA 2017 BLESSONS AWARD RECIPIENT

FRANCES VERA 2017 BLESSONS AWARD RECIPIENT

My college education was interrupted for a second time due to early pregnancy. I suffered from physical and emotional abuse early on in my childhood which carried on through adulthood. I was diagnosed with PTSD, OCD, and Stress Induced Eating Disorder. I have attended two city colleges in my life time followed by two trade schools. I hope to graduate with my associates by summer 2018.

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CYNDY WHITE-2017 BLESSONS AWARD RECIPIENT

CYNDY WHITE-2017 BLESSONS AWARD RECIPIENT

Everything seemed to be going smoothly until life decided to test my ability to overcome adversity. In February of 1995, my father was diagnosed with lung cancer. Eight months later, I became ill and was hospitalized. At the age of 24, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I gave in to the fear of an uncertain future and dropped out of college. (I would go on to have exacerbations (flare-ups) of the Multiple Sclerosis throughout the years).

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