She remembers waking up in a strange room and looking in the mirror to see that the hair on the right side of her head was only about an inch long. Prince tried to sit up, and noticed a feeding tube coming out of her stomach. She tried to roll over, and found she could barely move her left leg — her left arm wouldn’t move at all.
She took time off at one point to take care of herself when she was struggling emotionally. Prince said she was “suicidal,” but her friends and family were there to help support her and get her through it. Her little brother, Jason, was especially helpful, she said.
A few years later, Prince took time off, but this time, for something that changed her life for the better.
On Sept. 11, 2013, her son, James, was born.
“He is my sunshine and he is my miracle,” Prince said.
She was never supposed to be able to carry a child, Prince said. But she didn’t have a bad pregnancy. God made her strong inside and out so she could carry and take care of her son, she said.
James is now 4, and is smart, fun and inquisitive, Prince said.
“When he was born I let go of all of my anger and all my depression,” she said.
Carole Williamson, assistant professor and program director of early childhood education, said she has seen Prince grow over her time at Carroll. Williamson said Prince has taken what she learned in class and not only applied it to the students she’s worked with, but also to her own son.
“She’s just blossomed tremendously,” Williamson said.
It’s been about three years since William Anoh came to America. And in those three years, Anoh, 20, of Ghana, has grown — personally, socially and educationally. May 23, Anoh will come away from Carroll Community College with a degree in social sciences and a plan to head to Towson University.
“She can absorb and apply. She absorbs any kind of knowledge you give her and she applies it to real world classroom situations,” Holocker added.
Prince has always wanted to work with kids. She started babysitting when she was about 10 years old, taking time to watch neighborhood kids and her cousins.
“I’ve always have been good with kids,” she said.
Even after the car crash, Prince said when she was in a transitional program through the Kennedy Krieger Institute for people under 18, she worked to help the other patients. She was one of the oldest, and there were a few little ones there, she said.
Prince said she would play with them and help them and remind them not to give up.
While she said she’s open to any field dealing with early childhood education, Prince really wants to help kids who have been where she is.