When Amanda Lamond was 18, she learned that she was pregnant. Doubters told her to forget pursuing a career in medicine.
"There were people that told me, 'You won't make it through medical school. There's no way you can do that with a child,' Lamond told ABC News. "And I said, 'Why can't I have my baby and still become a doctor?'"
The determined college freshman refused to listen to what others had to say. She moved in with her parents, continued her studies and got the critical help she needed from CalWorks, a welfare program that gives cash aid to struggling families.
Her persistence eventually paid off.
Lamond was named valedictorian, completed medical school and earned the role of chief resident. Come August, the now-married mother of three will begin her career as an emergency room doctor at the Palomar Medical Center.
"No matter what people tell you,"you can make your dreams come true."
Lamond is one of many single moms to get help from welfare to get her career off of the ground.
When Trisha Waldron turned 28, she decided she was fed up with trying to make ends meet, Yahoo reports.
So the mother of two young girls applied for student loans, went back to school and subsisted on welfare, food stamps and odd jobs while she pursued her greatest passion: jewelry making.
After getting a job at mail order catalogue, Waldron bravely asked her boss if she could design the company's entire line of jewelry, according to Yahoo. He agreed, and just a couple years later the South Dakota mom incorporated her own company. Within five years, her company, Trisha Waldron Designs, reached 1 million in sales.
"Getting there was incredibly challenging,” Waldron told Yahoo. “I learned by trial and error, I cried a lot. But I lived simply and didn't need much to survive.”
NONE WHAT SO EVER..IF YOU WANT IT GO GET IT..IF YOU FALL DUST YOURSELF OFF, LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKE AND GO GET IT AGAIN..
This is inspiritian and motivation for me, being single mom too. I want too pursue my goals as much I can.
@ KIKI AND YOU CAN...NEVER THINK THAT ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO ACHIEVE CAN NOT BE ATTAINED...:)
Im happy for these women for making it happen...Other females need to see these types of stories.
But with men its different...its for a man who's in bad times to get any government help...I moved back in with family and tried to get food stamps while in school and they shut me down
But a woman can sign, with or with out kids, and get assistants....I aint using the card for fun, there's mad people in my house cause we all struggling now, and we need it, not just me...Im getting my BA in English/Lit so I'll be fine but for a while brotha was eating just oatmeal and crackers if that...THANKS UNCLE FUCKING SAM
Single mothers taking care of business (including myself) I salute you.:)
God always comes through
NO 1 KNOWS WAT GOD HAVE PLANNED US IF U BELIEVE IN SUMTHING DO WAT U GOTTA DO & DONT LET ANY 1 STOP U
@ SIMPLY AMAZING..TRUE