#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Jennifer Pugh, 28, of Lorain, OH

Jennifer Pugh She decided to pursue nursing after giving birth to her special needs son when she was a teenager. “My son is physically and mentally handicapped, but I had a wonderful nurse who made me comfortable with my son’s disabilities and with myself as a mother,” Pugh said.

Pugh cares for her children, ages 10, 7, and 3, and her husband, who is recovering from a heart attack and spinal compression. She also works for The Murray Ridge School for mentally and physically handicapped children and attends Lorain County Community College, where she was recently named to the National Dean’s List.

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