Louisville's former first lady completes degree despite challenges

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by WHAS11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 7:48 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The former first lady of Louisville is proud of her latest accomplishment and using it as a stone to step into her new role.

Madeline Abramson, wife of Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, said she gives a lot of the credit to her son for helping her earn her 4-year-liberal arts degree from Bellarmine University.

She has spent most her life as a business person working for non profits and telling other young people how important education is.

“I wasn’t really setting the example I wanted to set,” she said.

Last spring Madeline Abramson was diagnosed with breast cancer and instead of grieve, she encouraged her family to be positive and continue to move forward.

“They could see that’s what we were going to do, just be positive and work it out together,” she said.

With her son, Sidney, as her personal tech-support, Madeline Abramson was able to complete her education and is now planning to spread the message across the Commonwealth and encourage people to earn their degrees, it’s never too late.

“If you really want it, you will find a way to make it work,” she said.  “You’ll do it and enjoy it.”

WHAS11’s Melissa Swan spent some time with the Madeline and Sidney and has more on this inspiring story.  Click the player for the coverage.
 

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