#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Christina Martin, Pennsylvania

As a nursing major, Christina Martin seeks to change her story from one of emotional suffering to a story of caring for and offering hope to patients.

“My story of being stuck in an abusive marriage has ended; I am finally out of my cocoon,” said the 42-year-old divorced mother and grandmother.

Martin said she had planned on going to college after graduating high school. Pregnant in her senior year, she had to redirect her goals. She married and two more children joined the family. Unfortunately, family proved not to be a safe haven when her husband became abusive.

“I knew I had to get my children away from this awful life and get out, even if it meant losing all material possessions,” said Martin, who finally had to file for bankruptcy.

Pursuing her education and becoming a nurse offers Martin hope for a better life. “I love interacting with people, helping and caring for them, touching their lives and having them influence my life. I must reach my goal of becoming a nurse not only to fulfill a lifelong dream, but also to break the chains of dependency once and for all.”

Martin will use the $1,000 scholarship for transportation costs as she attends Cedar Crest College.

“I have experienced many life lessons and learned I can go most anywhere through hard work and a belief in myself. Sometimes it seems impossible, but it is amazing how strong we as women really are.”

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