An ambitious and cleaver teen mother who eventually dropped out of school at the age of 15 due to pregnancy has accomplished her dream of becoming a doctor.
The now 43 years old and mother four became a doctor, citing that it’s never too late to achieve your goals.
When she was in high school, she became pregnant at the age of 14 and gave birth at 15.
“There was a recognition that I was going to be young and this was going to change my life,” Clark says of the “unexpected and unplanned” pregnancy, which turned out to be “really difficult and challenging” due to nausea and fatigue.
She could not concentrate and failed her college entrance exams which prevented her from securing a scholarship.
She continued the struggles, and at the age of 18, she gained admission at Cleveland, Ohio Case Western Reserve University.
She had her second son a few months after the start of her freshman year and was had to dropped out of school to care for her two kids.
Two years later, Clark ran into Curtis Clark, the brother of a high school classmate and the man who would become her husband. At the time, she was 20 and he was 22.
In 2001, Curtis married Katie, and he adopted her two sons. They then had two kids of their own, traveled around the nation, and her husband finished his education, pediatric urology fellowships, and medical residencies.
Yet it didn’t take long for Clark to get a chance to pursue her goals. When she was 25, she returned to school and completed an associate’s degree at a nearby community college.