After years of smoking crack with her mother, shooting heroin and living on the streets, Skyla Nieves completed an incredible journey this week graduating with honors from a nursing degree program.

The odds were against her, but the 29 year-old woman turned her life around and on May 3 graduated from Catawba Valley Community College in North Carolina.

She hopes to practice in the same rehab center where she was once a patient.

(READ the story, w/ photo, from the Charlotte Observer)

Photo credit: isabisa via Flickr, CC – Thanks to Steve G. for sending the link

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