Getting There: Women's Journeys to and Through Educational by Cynthia Lee A. Pemberton (auth.), Cynthia Lee A. Pemberton

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He spoke to me gently: “Donna everyone who knew you and Jennifer knew how much love you shared. ” I cried a river of tears and did everything I could to keep Jennifer present with me. I tell her life story in my presentations on 32 DONNA’S STORY educating students from poverty, and over and over again my audience cries with me. Six months after Jennifer died Chuck and I talked about having children. He had never had children, and prior to Jennifer’s death we were sort of undecided. We agreed that if it happened we wanted it.

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Her caring nature nurtured me through the comprehensive exams (which I was terrified of). If you need her, she is there with advice that she has lived and learned. She opened her home to help my daughter celebrate her sweet 16 and she was “Auntie” Maureen to my son as he went through the trials of middle school. Always encouraging, always caring. She can shift from the role of nurturer—checking in with each and all, asking “how we’re doing,” to the “brain” of the Sisters in moments, offering insights that take us all to a higher level.

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