"I Can" May 16 One of the proudest days of my life!

@jillhill (37383)
United States
May 14, 2009 4:20pm CST
This saturday....May 16 at 10:00 a.m. my son will be graduating from Concordia University in St. Paul Minnesota!! Woo Hoo....ten years ago he was a full blown drug addict, high school drop out...living his whole life on the edge! I can't even express to you what I'll be feeling as he walks across the stage to get his dipolma! I just wanted to share with all of you what is possible when someone says, "I can"! There is hope even in the darkest hours of a person's life to overcome obstacles and exceed toward a fruitful and fullfilling life! Congrats my dear son!!!!!!
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
14 May 09
Congratulations to your son. It sounds like he had a big battle on his hands and he ended up winning.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
14 May 09
I am already tearing up! Thanks so very much!
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• United States
14 May 09
Congratulations to your son and to yourself for sticking with it and pushing him. I know a lot of people that just gave up. I wish I could have gave the joy to my parents to see me walk across the stage for high school. I graduated but I just didnt wanna go to my graduation. So I am trying to go back to college so I can graduate and have my parents watch me!
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
14 May 09
It will be the proudest day of their lives....a gift they will always cherish from you! good for you!!!!!!!!!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
19 May 09
What a wonderful story. Congrats to your son and to you also just for being his mom. I know you are so proud of what he's accomplished. Love to hear about a good success story. Hope he does well in the future with his career. Would love to hear more about graduation.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
19 May 09
We had a wonderful time...friday night we just hung out at the hotel and went swimming....sat. morning we all went to breakfast then the ceremony....the out to lunch at Olive Garden then on to the mall of america! We had cake back at the motel before we spent the rest of the night at the pool..Sunday morning I had to take my daughter back to the airport and we headed home.....it was a very emotional weekend...but I am so very proud of him!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
24 May 09
I can understand it being an emotional weekend. You are a proud mama and am glad you shared this amazing story.
@34momma (13895)
• United States
18 May 09
That is wonderful jillhill!!! congrats to you honey and a even bigger one for you son. what a wonderful thing for him to turn his life around and do something with it! I know you must have been the proudest mother in the place the other day! you tell you son that 34momma said congrats to him!! and to you!!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 May 09
Thanks so very much! I was so very proud!
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
18 May 09
good for you. you should have been proud and so proud of him.
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
18 May 09
Many, many congrats to you and your son's both overcoming and accomplishing huge jumps. I assume he is clean now. Both lucky and great to have overjumped a deadly obstacle. Best Wishes and continued happiness.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 May 09
Yes.....clean for over seven years! THanks for the best wishes!
@riyasam (16578)
• India
16 May 09
thats wonderful news!! congrats to your son!!it shows how faith in your loved ones when everythiing is seemingly going wrong can produce positive results!always think positive!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 May 09
That's for sure!
• United States
15 May 09
awesome! congrats! not many people have a success story like this
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 May 09
Thank you so very much!
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
15 May 09
Congrats to him, I know you must be really proud of his accomplishments, as you should be. It's great that he overcame all of that and is now heading for a great future. There are plenty that should look to him as a role model.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 May 09
I am so very proud....it was a totally magical moment when he walked across the stage! Thanks for the congrat!
• United States
15 May 09
Congratulations! I love hearing success stories, especially those about kids who have cleaned up their acts. I just wish there were more happy endings like this one. Congrats again!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 May 09
Thank you so very much!
• United States
15 May 09
You certainly do have a son to proud of. To have overcome his addiction and achieved so much is indeed wonderful. Please congratulate him from me.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 May 09
I will do that! Thank you so much for the kind words!
@Daffodil20 (1754)
• India
15 May 09
Congratulations jillhill. what a proud moment for you. Its great to learn about your son's inspiring story.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 May 09
Thank you so very much!
@sona22 (1431)
• India
15 May 09
Congratulation to your son for fighing back from the drak age of his life. His devotion and your support is the outcome. Thanks for the courage and "I can" attitude. It is a lesson to many such young. I salute him and wish him a great successs in life as a man.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 May 09
Thank you so very much!
@cobra1368 (704)
• United States
15 May 09
That is so awesome! Congrats to your son for his achievement!! It isn't easy for someone to turn themselves around and overcome lifestyle choices like that. It is a tribute to his character that he was able to pick himself up, dust himself off and start fresh like that. What an awesome gentleman!! :) I guess you taught him something, huh? :) I'm so happy for the both of you!!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 May 09
Thank you so very much!
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 May 09
Many congratulations to your son for this wonderful achievemnet. I can understand your pride in what he has accomplished. However, don't you think that you deserve some credit too? I am sure that he was able to overcome his addiction with your help too. There is hope for everyone. May your son continue on this path and may he experience great peace in his life.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 May 09
Thank you so very much!
• United States
15 May 09
Congrats to your son and most of all to you for getting him to this point. No one is as strong as the support that they receive from there family. Pat your self on the back as well. You deserve it too.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 May 09
Thank you so very much!
@jellymonty (2358)
15 May 09
Finally some good news here!! congratulations jill you deserve a thumbs up for all your efforts in bringing back your son on track. Nothing makes a mother more proud than to see her child progress into a better person so am very happy for you and wish you and your son the best for the bright future ahead of you guys... Well done.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 May 09
Thank you so very much!!
• China
15 May 09
I'm very happy for you and your son. It's not easy for you to have such a happy moment, I think, you must have gone through a lot of hardship. You are great parents, your son is also great. This gives anyone courage and hope to encounter anything.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 May 09
Yes....there is hope for everyone!
@us2owls (1681)
• United States
15 May 09
many congratulations to your son and to you for standing by him to get him to this point after so much downside in his life. It is truly wonderful. You might tell him I am very disappointed in him though - he could have graduated one day later - my birthday. ( Just joking). I hope he goes on from here and becomes the success in life that you want him to be and that he has worked hard for. What does he plan to do.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 May 09
He already has a good job with Hormel in the corporate office..in fact they paid for part of his college.....and thanks so much for the congrad!
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
15 May 09
I would give him more, but mylot puts a limit on those little guys. It is awesome that your son has changed his life so completely. I know a few people who could benefit from getting to know him or just hearing his story.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 May 09
Thanks so much!
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
15 May 09
jill, that is wonderful!! , i know u are so very proud of him & i am to. anytime anyone can turn their life around like that, it's a miracle & i bet alot of prayers from mom. it's so sad to see your children doing things like that. i know it was a hrad time for both of you. you both are truly blessed.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
18 May 09
It was....but what a future he has now! Thanks so much for your words of understanding and encouragment!