I check in once and awhile and after reading Nancy's recent post, I wanted to give an update on my girl. As some of you might remember, she spent 18 months at Residential Treatment Center (RTC) as a young teen due to self destructive behavior, ODD and threats to me, her grandmother. Her life from age 12 to 16 was very rocky...touch and go. When she returned home from Residential Treatment Center (RTC), it was only a few months later that we lost everything to Hurricane Katrina and spent a year living in another state. After that we moved to Austin to be near my son and his wife. My girl is now an independent young woman, a senior in college with a 3.2 GPA, a part time job as a server, and an apartment of her own. She has attended college on financial aid, grants and scholarships with no assistance from me and spent 2 summers studying abroad too. And she has done all this, in spite of her learning disability, dyslexia. I am extremely grateful for her life now and how far she has come. Don't ever give up hope, no matter what the circumstances. The final outcome is unknown, as long as a person is alive.