Domestic Violence Victim Overcomes All Challenges to Complete Degree
When Lee-Ann Morris’ classmates celebrated their graduation this summer, they no doubt felt a great sense of accomplishment. She, however, felt something even greater: the peace of mind that comes with taking control of her own life. “I think that I am proof that you don’t have to be defined by your circumstances,” says Lee-Ann.
The victim of abuse growing up, married and a mother at 16-years old, she once again found herself in an abusive home, nearly losing her life after a particularly savage beating. She took refuge in a shelter and began rebuilding her life. She earned her GED, volunteered to help other victims of abuse, became HIPAA-certified and took a job copying subpoenas for medical cases. She continued to strive for a better life and became a radiology assistant for a local orthopedics practice.
Then, Lee-Ann decided it was time to earn a college degree. She enrolled at ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute and entered the Medical Assisting program. Twice, she had to suspend her studies due to financial problems, yet she persevered. Having now reached her goal, she is beyond happy. “Life is a struggle at times, but the outcome depends on the road you take and how you handle the obstacles in your way,” she says. “Just don’t ever give up on your dreams.”