Mom Who Battled Breast Cancer Twice Graduates College With Her Daughter

Insider Edition 4 months ago

Graduation day was a big deal for this Georgia mom and her daughter who got the chance to walk across the stage together.

Cancer survivor Tasha Oliver, 44, and Cierra Patterson, 24, both received their bachelor’s degrees in health care management from Clayton State University in Morrow last week.

“It felt great, especially being able to accomplish it with my mom,” Patterson told InsideEdition.com. “We were able to level each other out, and be the support system we both needed.”

They never planned to graduate from college together. Her mom had started taking classes years before her daughter, but they eventually reached about the same point in their degrees because her mom was delayed by cancer treatments.

She explained her mom gave birth to her when she was 19 and went on to pursue a career as a cook in the military.

After battling breast cancer in 2005, Oliver became unsatisfied with her job and decided to pursue her college degree in 2008. But around 2010, she battled breast cancer for a second time.

“The first time, I was so young. I knew something was wrong, but I couldn’t really express it,” Patterson said. “The second time, I was a little stronger but nobody ever thought it would come back. It was scary for everybody.”

The mother-of-three will now go back to school to pursue her master’s degree, while Patterson said she will go to nursing school in the fall.

“I hope it inspires other people to not think they’re too old or too far gone,” Patterson said. “You can go and study. Get your education.”

In fact, Patterson said their joint graduations even inspired her dad, John Oliver, 41, to go back to school to study supply chain logistics.


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