Mom achieves dream of becoming a doctor

June 28, 2012

Amanda Lamond has been in school for 16 years in order to call herself a doctor. Many could say the same, but few were raising three children at the same time.

Dr. Lamon-Holden told ABC News that she couldn't have done it without the support of her children, family and welfare assistance.

"There were people that told me, 'You won't make it through medical school. There's no way you can do that with a child,'" Lamond told the news source. "And I said, 'Why can't I have my baby and still become a doctor?'"

Lamond learned she was pregnant at 18, as a freshman in college. In order to continue earning her degree, she moved in with her parents, attended a community college and received support from CalWORKS, a family assistance company. Financial aid for mothers, single parents and other struggling parents can also help with the cost of education for adults facing hurdles like Lamond.

After graduating as valedictorian, she attended University of California, San Diego, and was named chief resident during her residency at UCSD Medical Center.

Lamond celebrated the end of her residency last week, and will soon begin her career as an emergency room doctor at the Palomar Medical Center in northern San Diego.

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