Attaining a dream
Granite State College graduate realizes dream
As a teenager, she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a disease group of inherited disorders marked by extremely loose joints, hyperelastic skin that bruises easily, and easily damaged blood vessels.
But when she turned 21, her parents had divorced, and she had been told she was "permanently and totally disabled." She was not able to walk.
"I wasn't sure I'd ever be able to walk, much less graduate from a college," she said.
"I would say my home-schooling was very successful," she said with a smile. "And I found a college that offered me everything a student without a disability would get, and challenged me at the same time. I have nothing but hope now."
The college awarded its first master's degrees this year in the fields of leadership and product management.
"You are Boston strong, New England strong," she said.
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