Meghan Ganzaba is using her personal touch to help patients as a registered nurse at Washington Hospital Center. It's a far cry from the life she was living with her husband and two young sons just a few years ago.
For eight months, Ganzaba and her family were homeless. Her husband lost his job in the automotive industry in Michigan, then Meghan lost her job and had to drop out of nursing school and finally they lost their home. To add insult to injury, both of Ganzaba's parents passed away.
“I didn't want to wake up in the morning, didn't want to go on, but I knew I had to,” she says.
Ganzaba tried to keep things as normal as possible for her two boys.
“It's been hard for them but we just kind of carried on and kept up a happy face, so they did ok,” she says.
Her brother, a D.C. police officer suggested the family move to D.C. to try and find work. It worked and Meghan also applied to Marymount University's nursing program. She got a full scholarship and graduated in two years.
Now her husband also has a full scholarship to study art and Ganzaba is living her dream to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a nurse. She hopes her example of perseverance will encourage her boys, now seven and 12, to always work hard.
And Ganzaba says her next challenge is to go back to medical school and become a doctor.
“You can do anything, no matter what as long as you want it badly enough,” she says. “And I wanted it badly.”