After Barbara Paulus happily worked as a nursing assistant for 22 years, her personal doctor told her she needed to find another line of work. Her body could no longer sustain lifting patients. The news came at the same time Paulus was dealing with an abusive husband. She left her husband, retrained into information technology and tried to move on with her life.
In 2007, a trip to the emergency room for a severe headache revealed a mass at the base of her skull and cancer in both breasts. Paulus spent more than a year recovering from surgeries, but through all her health challenges, she found the time to encourage others—either in person while in the hospital or online.
Paulus currently maintains more than 20 Web sites and dreams of running a Christian-based computer learning center.
What has helped Paulus through her adversities? “Never listen to others telling you what you can’t do or that you’re not going to make it. I have been through an abusive marriage and cancer—if I can do it, you can too!”
She will use her scholarship award for school supplies.