any rags to riches stories - page 5

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I'm looking for inspiration. Currently a cna in an impoverished neighborhood waiting to take my nclex. My only dream is to move me and my children out. I was wondering if anyone had a pretty hard time that was alleviated by... Read More


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    These stories were so inspiring to read!! Iíll share mine too, because my ďhappy endingĒ Is only just now starting and Iím so excited and proud!

    Well like one of you before, my dad made too much money for me to qualify for financial aid even though he wasnít around. Emancipation didnít do anything to help unfortunately. My solution was to get married. (Bad idea).

    We had a baby, and I quickly found out that my husband was an abusive alcoholic. It got worse to the point that it was getting to be impossible to hide it from my son, and I was having to take him out of the house and run away, or call 911 at least once a week. I wasnít working, just going to school and taking care of my son, and I wasnít from this area so I didnít know many people who could help me. I tried everything I could to help him because I didnít know how I could stay in school without his income. I was months away from starting my clinicals, but I finally decided that for my sonís well-being we needed to just leave, whatever the consequences.

    I found a place to live and I started working as a serverÖ Between work, school, clinicals, homework, housework, and my son, I only had time for little naps in my car when I had an hour to spare and happened to find a shady spot. My grades started slipping, I was skin and bones, I had spent all of my savings, wasnít getting child support, and I was basically all alone! I had no choice but to quit school. I tried saving, I tried every government program I could, but I was only making $1000/month and school hours didnít count as work hours to qualify for any programs for childcare or welfare etc. It was impossible to work full time with the requirements of my school and my child.

    Just when I had given up completely on being a nurse, a relative offered to help me get through school, and if it wasnít for them, I wouldnít have made it. Thanks to their help, I graduated with my BSN in December and I start my dream job in the ER on Monday. IíM SO EXCITED!! I canít describe how good it feels to finally be independent, and to be able to tell my son weíre going to Disney World this Spring. However stressful nursing may be, I will never forget what I had to go through to get here in the first place!

    In a weird way it made my day to see that I'm by far not the only one who had to struggle to become a nurse. Thanks everyone for sharing your stories
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    Quote from EDnurseAH
    These stories were so inspiring to read!! I’ll share mine too, because my “happy ending” Is only just now starting and I’m so excited and proud!

    Well like one of you before, my dad made too much money for me to qualify for financial aid even though he wasn’t around. Emancipation didn’t do anything to help unfortunately. My solution was to get married. (Bad idea).

    We had a baby, and I quickly found out that my husband was an abusive alcoholic. It got worse to the point that it was getting to be impossible to hide it from my son, and I was having to take him out of the house and run away, or call 911 at least once a week. I wasn’t working, just going to school and taking care of my son, and I wasn’t from this area so I didn’t know many people who could help me. I tried everything I could to help him because I didn’t know how I could stay in school without his income. I was months away from starting my clinicals, but I finally decided that for my son’s well-being we needed to just leave, whatever the consequences.

    I found a place to live and I started working as a server… Between work, school, clinicals, homework, housework, and my son, I only had time for little naps in my car when I had an hour to spare and happened to find a shady spot. My grades started slipping, I was skin and bones, I had spent all of my savings, wasn’t getting child support, and I was basically all alone! I had no choice but to quit school. I tried saving, I tried every government program I could, but I was only making $1000/month and school hours didn’t count as work hours to qualify for any programs for childcare or welfare etc. It was impossible to work full time with the requirements of my school and my child.

    Just when I had given up completely on being a nurse, a relative offered to help me get through school, and if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have made it. Thanks to their help, I graduated with my BSN in December and I start my dream job in the ER on Monday. I’M SO EXCITED!! I can’t describe how good it feels to finally be independent, and to be able to tell my son we’re going to Disney World this Spring. However stressful nursing may be, I will never forget what I had to go through to get here in the first place!

    In a weird way it made my day to see that I'm by far not the only one who had to struggle to become a nurse. Thanks everyone for sharing your stories
    Aw I love ur story God is good! Keep us updated!!
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    Quote from NurseRies

    I wouldn't say rags to riches quite to the extent as some stories!, wow, so inspiring! But when I was growing up, my parents filed for bankruptcy. I shared a room with my brother until we were almost in high school. I lived in a crime ridden neighborhood and we rarely had a working car. I had great parents, they did everything they could to encourage me and pushed education. I was definitely the "odd" kid at school, with clothes from the second hand store and shoes that didn't fit. My mom always told me that she wanted us to be better off then they were. As soon as I turned 16, I got a job and worked as much as possible. I saved for college. I had great grades so got into Ohio state almost for free. Only problem was, I couldn't get into their nursing program because of a C- I received in chemistry my freshman year.

    Ohio state told me I either had to switch majors or switch schools. I knew this would come at a price. I switched to a private nursing school, and accumulated about $53,000 in debt. I worked two jobs waitressing my whole way through college. I paid for my own books, car, rent, partial tuition, and never once needed help. I was the BUSY! I graduated and continued my hard work to pay off debt. 3 years later, I have almost completely paid off my debts from college. I have continued working 2 jobs so that I can achieve my goals. I want to pay for a house in CASH! I also want to help my parents retire. I am now a traveling nurse and feel that hard work has truly paid off.

    I laugh when people say, "Pff, must be nice." They have no idea how hard it was for me to get here and how much i still work! I my parents, my husband, and Dave Ramsey to thank! Masters degree, here I come!
    I love it. Love that you've mentioned Dave. I'm working on it. Still on baby step one
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    Quote from lovetheocean
    Hi there. I grew up in a middle-class family and left home at the age of 19, which was not by choice. I didn't have supportive parents and found myself poor, alone and without direction about adulthood and what to do with my life. I went to a trade school and became a medical assistant, which barely paid the bills. I had aspirations of becoming an RN, but lacked belief in myself, so that dream was stored away in the "unattainable" file. In my early 20's, I had a child. As a single mom things were tough. Being a mom gave me the desire to re-visit my previous goals and to put dreams into action. I completed an LPN/LVN program, which improved our lives tremendously. Being a nurse opened up many doors and allowed me to reignite a fire that had long been extinguished with regard to my education. I finally became an RN and am now looking at grad schools and plan to become an NP. What's wonderful and far more rewarding than anything else is the fact that my daughter graduated from college and is in graduate school pursuing an NP! Looking back at my life, I never, ever, thought I could be what I have managed to become. I am humbled by my travels and grateful for every opportunity that has come my way. In the midst of struggle and adversity, when things seem impossible, just keep fighting. I read somewhere early on that "tough times don't last, tough people do." If you really want to be inspired, watch "The Pursuit of Happyness." That's a true rags to riches story! Keep your chin up and continue persevering. You will get there. And when you do, always remember where you came from, reach out to people who are where you were...and pay it forward. Best wishes to you.
    Yes I've watched it. As bad as my situation may seem, I always try to remember that someone else is doing worse and wishing they had the little that I do
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    Quote from EDnurseAH
    These stories were so inspiring to read!! I’ll share mine too, because my “happy ending” Is only just now starting and I’m so excited and proud!

    Well like one of you before, my dad made too much money for me to qualify for financial aid even though he wasn’t around. Emancipation didn’t do anything to help unfortunately. My solution was to get married. (Bad idea).

    We had a baby, and I quickly found out that my husband was an abusive alcoholic. It got worse to the point that it was getting to be impossible to hide it from my son, and I was having to take him out of the house and run away, or call 911 at least once a week. I wasn’t working, just going to school and taking care of my son, and I wasn’t from this area so I didn’t know many people who could help me. I tried everything I could to help him because I didn’t know how I could stay in school without his income. I was months away from starting my clinicals, but I finally decided that for my son’s well-being we needed to just leave, whatever the consequences.

    I found a place to live and I started working as a server… Between work, school, clinicals, homework, housework, and my son, I only had time for little naps in my car when I had an hour to spare and happened to find a shady spot. My grades started slipping, I was skin and bones, I had spent all of my savings, wasn’t getting child support, and I was basically all alone! I had no choice but to quit school. I tried saving, I tried every government program I could, but I was only making $1000/month and school hours didn’t count as work hours to qualify for any programs for childcare or welfare etc. It was impossible to work full time with the requirements of my school and my child.

    Just when I had given up completely on being a nurse, a relative offered to help me get through school, and if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have made it. Thanks to their help, I graduated with my BSN in December and I start my dream job in the ER on Monday. I’M SO EXCITED!! I can’t describe how good it feels to finally be independent, and to be able to tell my son we’re going to Disney World this Spring. However stressful nursing may be, I will never forget what I had to go through to get here in the first place!

    In a weird way it made my day to see that I'm by far not the only one who had to struggle to become a nurse. Thanks everyone for sharing your stories
    Congrats. I'm so happy things are looking up for you. Stories like this mskr you truly believe that we all have guardian angels. Different forms. Miracles happen
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    I just want to say thank you for starting this thread. I have two small children and am struggling through school. I am married, my husband works and I am thankful for so much...so I won't talk too much about how hard it is because I have so many things you just can't buy. I grew up hearing how I would never amount to anything and had so little hope of ever having the life I do now or that it would continue to get better than it is. As of now I am set to start a care partner position March 4th during our spring break so I can pick up a few hours here and there until I graduate with my BSN in December of this year. I have a grade point average of a 3.98 from a very reputable university and am in a leadership position in one of our school sponsored organizations that gives back to the community. I started out without a mother or a father. My HS guidance counselor told me I was not college material and that I should be a "secretary or something" Some of your stories bring tears to my eyes. The money, it is so painful to be without...but hope is something you simply can not live without and this thread is full of hope. Thank you so much OP for starting and thank you everyone for sharing your beautiful stories. Hope is so healing and beautiful when shared. Sometimes Rags to Riches isn't even about the dollars so much as it is about self worth and discovering your own potential! Good luck xoxo
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    Quote from kellyski
    I just want to say thank you for starting this thread. I have two small children and am struggling through school. I am married, my husband works and I am thankful for so much...so I won't talk too much about how hard it is because I have so many things you just can't buy. I grew up hearing how I would never amount to anything and had so little hope of ever having the life I do now or that it would continue to get better than it is. As of now I am set to start a care partner position March 4th during our spring break so I can pick up a few hours here and there until I graduate with my BSN in December of this year. I have a grade point average of a 3.98 from a very reputable university and am in a leadership position in one of our school sponsored organizations that gives back to the community. I started out without a mother or a father. My HS guidance counselor told me I was not college material and that I should be a "secretary or something" Some of your stories bring tears to my eyes. The money, it is so painful to be without...but hope is something you simply can not live without and this thread is full of hope. Thank you so much OP for starting and thank you everyone for sharing your beautiful stories. Hope is so healing and beautiful when shared. Sometimes Rags to Riches isn't even about the dollars so much as it is about self worth and discovering your own potential! Good luck xoxo
    You are so right and very welcome. Sometimes we need a reminder of why we work so hard I started it for inspiration, and to remind myself of the joys of the future when the present is so tough
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    I cant say that this is actually rags to riches, but definitely how life comes full circle.
    When I was 15 I had my first child, who was born premature and with many birth defects. I had him at a local hospital and they treated me like a dumb kid (I was) and I remember the nurse looking at me with disdain and "little girl what are you gonna do with a baby?" I really didn't know at that time. I was a good student at school, but that was neither her nor there at the time.

    My son was transferred to a Level I NICU where he spent two months. I went back to school and everyday I would catch the bus to the hospital and see my baby. The level of care was great! The nurse there told me "You are here everyday, you are trying to learn how to take care of your son, and you will be a great mother!" That nurse made me feel like I could do this.

    At 5 months old my son passed away in is sleep and I was devastated, but I learned then how to be a stronger girl from that experience. Last night I was pulled from my floor to work and the NICU at the same hospital my son was in 17 years ago and I realized then that my life had come full circle. That same place I was in years ago and that nurse (along with others) changed my course. I have 3 sons now and they were times that we lived in very unsafe neighborhoods, but I was happy that they saw us struggle and get through it together because the appreciate our life a lot more now.
    journeylarra, jmiraRN, LifeIsGood76, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from my3suns
    I cant say that this is actually rags to riches, but definitely how life comes full circle.
    When I was 15 I had my first child, who was born premature and with many birth defects. I had him at a local hospital and they treated me like a dumb kid (I was) and I remember the nurse looking at me with disdain and "little girl what are you gonna do with a baby?" I really didn't know at that time. I was a good student at school, but that was neither her nor there at the time.

    My son was transferred to a Level I NICU where he spent two months. I went back to school and everyday I would catch the bus to the hospital and see my baby. The level of care was great! The nurse there told me "You are here everyday, you are trying to learn how to take care of your son, and you will be a great mother!" That nurse made me feel like I could do this.

    At 5 months old my son passed away in is sleep and I was devastated, but I learned then how to be a stronger girl from that experience. Last night I was pulled from my floor to work and the NICU at the same hospital my son was in 17 years ago and I realized then that my life had come full circle. That same place I was in years ago and that nurse (along with others) changed my course. I have 3 sons now and they were times that we lived in very unsafe neighborhoods, but I was happy that they saw us struggle and get through it together because the appreciate our life a lot more now.
    I too had my child at 15, and although I was so young, the nurses there never once made me feel bad or belittled. They treated me with respect and were very loving towards me. (Seemingly anyway) they weren't judgemental towards me. In fact, a few of them are the reason why I chose to become a nurse. The situation may not be morally and socially correct, nor may I agree why you're in a hospital, but great nurses can definitely change your perspective and make you feel greatly cared for, if only for a few days
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    Quote from lolaviex
    It's awesome to read so many encouraging stories. I don't have a success story yet, but I feel your pain! I'm in my last semester of nursing school, I'll graduate as an RN in a few months, and as of this morning I had $15 dollars in my bank account. I worked for years, but recently quit to focus on school. I'm glad I did, but it's really tough now that my savings has run out. I'm living off credit cards that are reaching their limit. It's very stressful and I feel like I'm barely treading water to stay afloat.

    I can't wait to graduate and get back to work. Honestly, I'm scared that being a new grad will delay my employment but I'm hoping that because of my work ethic (any shift, any day, I'll relocate, I'll work all the holidays, etc) that something will turn up. To me it's not about being rich, but I'd sure like to be comfortable and breathe easy for a while. I'm a true believer that hard work and sacrifice will pay off. Not only that, it will make me (and everyone else in positions like ours) appreciate what we have even more.
    With that attitude, I'm sure you will get a job!


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