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Breast Cancer Didn’t Stop Mother From Graduating College With Daughter

By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III

With so much bad news dominating mainstream media, it’s always refreshing to hear something good. Think about it for a moment – President Trump and his campaign being investigated, his countless tweets about ‘FAKE NEWS’ and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer constantly deflecting questions from the media can be exhausting.

Well, it’s time to read about something that’s inspiring to all those who are looking for something positive.

Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia saw a mother and daughter graduate together with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Management. What made this event so special was that the mother Tasha Oliver had to fight breast cancer not once, but twice.

The mother and daughter duo (Tasha Oliver and Cierra Patterson) grew closer while they were both studying in the same field.

According to a story published in the Daily Mail, “Oliver enrolled at Clayton State in 2008, and beat a second breast cancer diagnosis before she returned to school and graduated at the same time as her daughter. She gave birth to Patterson when she was 19 and started her career in the Army with her husband, thinking it would provide direction, structure and guidance.”

Oliver realized that a career in the Army wasn’t for her and that’s when she began to pursue other options.

Oliver was first diagnosed in 2006 with breast cancer and later in 2009. Needless to say, she was shocked. She stated, “You don’t think something like that would happen again after you overcome it the first time. I definitely felt like I had to step up and help take care of my siblings.”

Now that the mother and daughter duo have their degrees, what’s next? The daughter is planning to go to nursing school while the mother is working to receive her master’s degree.


Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him at or on Twitter

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