Dear Ms. Reilly
My heart and mind is so filled with thankfulness, I cannot hold back the tears. I have never been in a situation where I felt so helpless. Honesty, I was going to bed hungry and waking up the same. I learned to live off of peanut butter and jelly, cereal and be thankful. However, when the lights and all utilities went out, I was devastated. My whole returning back to school at my age came out of being laid off and realizing that the skills I was trained in years ago became obsolete in today’s society.
Mesa Community College truly has been the best thing that has happened to me. I learned to overcome my learning disability by a professor that took the time and patience with me.I feel like they gave me back my life and self esteem. Even when I had to leave and go see about my sister, I was able to make up my assignments. When I was in the honors only class with Duane Oakes, I ended up in ICU during finals. He allowed me to take my final exam in the ICU unit.
Now, the Faculty blessed me with money to pay my bills, utilities and most of all buy some food!!!, I am so “Truly Thankful”! Even thought I had the opportunity to spend the last days by my sisters bedside, I wanted so bad for the doctors to be wrong with her cancer diagnosis. I heard so many success stories and how advanced the research has come. That’s its no longer a dead sentence. I gave all I had and my last. So now I see first hand how kind and giving people can be to reach out and help me.
I have worked hard these last few years and I have no regrets. Mesa Community and the faculty and staff are the very best!!!
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart
Debra A. Shannon