My name is Taylor Cahill and I would love to share my success story. My story at the May Center School for Brain Injury and Neurobehavioral Disorders in Brockton, Mass., started when I was 15. My mom sent me to the school because she and my dad thought it was the best decision for me. It is a controlled environment with staff, but I was basically on my own. Many of the staff are amazing people. Some of them I adored. I am blessed to have them in my life, because I feel without those amazing people none of this would have become a reality.

When I brought up the idea that I wanted to go to college I started taking college courses while I was at the May Center, and school staff would accompany me to classes. I was taking classes at one of Brockton’s community colleges, Massasoit. I received good grades there. When I went home after I graduated from the May Center with my high school diploma, I told my mom there were three things I wanted: 1) to drive; 2) to have my own place; and 3) to get a college degree. So I enrolled in a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at the community college in my hometown, Middlesex Community College.

I soon came to figure out it was not going to be easy. But with the skills I learned at the May Center I was able to succeed with an A in the class. On April 20, 2017, I graduated and received my certificate stating that I was a CNA.

I would like to thank Margarette, Ana, Chris, and Romina because they were a few of my favorite residential staff who encouraged me to try my best at all times and didn’t take the “I can’t do it” phrase from me. I would also like to thank a few of the school staff for my success: Katherine, Jessie, John, Megan, and Jedidah for pushing me to do my best at all times in school and being my motivational supporters.

I am a CNA and I am a success story! I hope I will not be the last from the May Center to graduate. Anything is possible with the proper drive and motivation. I proved that.

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