I just wanted to share a quick story. My mom checked into the emergency room on 1/13/13 due to complications stemming from Chemo and Lung Cancer. She passed away three days later in the ICU. The 14th was the first day of our semester at school. Needless to say, I was spending a great deal of time at the hospital with mom. I brought my A&P book with me to read during the times she was sleeping. An older Nurse walked in one day and asked me why I was taking A&P. I say older, she was actually not much older than I was and I am 46. I told her my ambitions and she scoffed at the notion. She painted me a very bleak picture of Nursing and suggested I shouldn't waste my time. I have to tell you, with my mom laying there on her death bed and me falling behind right out of the gate, I seriously considered dropping the class. I suppose the reason I didn't was for two reasons, one.... I really appreciated watching the care and attention the Nurses gave my mom, and secondly, I knew my mom would be disappointed if I quit. After she passed and I found myself struggling, I could hear her telling me to "get my butt in gear and don't quit". I did struggle with catching up but ended up with an "A" in the class. I dedicate that "A" to my mom. Anyhow, back to the point I wanted to make. There are going to be obstacles, nay Sayers, people telling you to give up, doors not opening that should, family matters, and basic life issues to cope with. It is easy to quit... but as my old ball coach used to say "Quitters never win and winners never quit". If its within you to become a Nurse, don't let anyone or circumstance steal your dream.