Dorothy Osborne is an overcomer. The Sacramento Bee reports she was sexually abused starting at age 9, and both her parents were drug addicts. By age 13, she was homeless and a mother.
Osborne said she was mocked constantly, and she felt all alone; but she refused to give up for the sake of her son.
Because of her courage and strength, today her son, DeQuinton Osborne, has been able to achieve his dreams as a player in the NFL.
“She never had time to think about pro-life or pro-choice, but she is everything a pro-lifer believes. That any life is not only worth saving, but can be a good one,” the newspaper wrote about the now 36-year-old mother.
Osborne achieved her dreams, too. In December, she is slated to graduate with a master’s degree in nursing, the report states.
But the journey getting there was anything but easy.
She told the newspaper how she found out about her pregnancy:
Before she went out for track practice at middle school in South Grand Prairie, Dorothy Osborne was stopped by a teacher. The results of her physical exam, which was required to run track and administered by the school, were available.
“You can’t run track,” the teacher said, “you’re pregnant.”
Dorothy Osborne was 12. She had four months to prepare to be a mom.
“I had no idea,” she said. “I was basically homeless. My parents were both drug addicts. Crack was the problem. I had no brothers or sisters. I was living with the father.”
It seems she never even considered aborting her son.
Instead, Osborne said she moved into low-income housing and got a job. Looking back, she said she does not know how she managed it all, but her son kept her going.
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“I was so young. I just did what I had to do. It was my life,” she said. “I was so in the moment. He was my focus. At that time in my life, he was the one person I knew who loved me. He was my motivation. It was my son.”
Eventually, she graduated from high school and then college with a degree in nursing. When DeQuinton was 6, she said she met a man who became a wonderful father and husband to them.
Osborne encouraged her son to be an overcomer, too. When he struggled with school, she urged him to improve his grades. When he thought about giving up his dream of a football career, she encouraged him to keep trying.
For that and so much more, DeQuinton said he is grateful.
“I am more thankful than ever for who she is. Words … I can’t explain how grateful I am. She was always behind me,” he told the newspaper.
DeQuinton eventually succeeded in school and on the field. He was an All-Big 12 player and a starter for the Oklahoma State University Cowboys, according to the report. He said his mom and dad attended every game.
He graduated from college in December and recently wassigned by his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, according to the report.
His mother, despite all the abuses and trials that she suffered, said she knows there was a reason for everything.
“People would call me a whore,” she said. “Every day I was dealing with somebody. I had those ‘Why me?’ questions. Now, I’m a Christian and I have faith, and everything does happen for a reason.”
Their story is a beautiful example of how beauty can come out of even the worst of circumstances.