East Texan's Success Story Featured In Women's Magazine
On welfare and on her own, after escaping an abusive relationship an East Texas mother doubted she could ever build a better life. With a 7 year old daughter, the Tyler woman says she did not have a choice. She found a way to live on her own, and her success story is now being shared across the nation.
It's a story that is an inspiration to single mothers across the country. After escaping an abusive marriage, and suffering with thyroid cancer, Amy Fowler, of Tyler had no one to turn to.
"I had no money and no education and was left on welfare, and it was really embarrassing to just go cash the checks," said Fowler. "It was embarrassing to use the food stamp card." She did, however, have her 7 year old daughter Keegan, her inspiration and motivation to find a way to move on.
"I was ready to completely give up and thought Keegan would even be better without me, and then I finally came to the realization that I'm all she has," said Fowler. "I have to stay here no matter what." Fowler says she knew the only way to support both herself and Keegan was to go back to school, but with no income Amy could not afford her books. That's when she found the TRIO Program at TJC, which helps low-income students succeed.
"Five years later, I have my bachelors degree and my master's degree," said Fowler. "I'm a counselor in the TRIO office, and I teach speech, so I've come a long way in five years." Now, Fowler's story of success is being featured in the newest edition of Woman's World magazine. A story, Fowler hopes will inspire other's sinking into despair not to give up.
"There has been a lot of bad things that knocked me down, and, like, my mom always says, it's ok to get knocked down, you are going to get knocked down, but what matters is if you are going to get back up, so you got to get back up," said Fowler.
The edition of Woman's World with Fowler's story is now available wherever magazines are sold.