Renee Gibson-Cooper: Surviving And Striving

by Terry Watson | April 29th, 2015
Renee Gibson-Cooper (Photos by Mykel Media Company)

Renee Gibson-Cooper (Photos by Mykel Media Company)

Her first name is actually Larissa but it’s alright to call her Renee. She is a wife, a mother, and the youngest sister to a family of five. She also has an undeniable love for God and performing her unsolicited duty of serving and helping people. She is also a courageous and ambitious young woman who knows what life is all about; creating lasting memories with family and friends.

Cooper also says she lives her life with the intent of making a difference in the lives of those who are overlooked, undeserved, and less fortunate. She backs up this affirmation with action as well. In the past months, Cooper graduated as valedictorian from The Breckinridge School of Nursing and Health Sciences at ITT Technical Institute.

Her journey to become a nurse actually started over 20 years ago. Caring for others was something that came naturally. After graduating from high school, she continued her studies to become an licensed practical nurse (LPN). Once that was complete and after passing the necessary exams, she worked for a year in long term care before joining the U.S. Army. She later acquired different skills and gleaned from other experienced nurses, searching for ways to make a positive impact in the lives of those God would choose to place in her care while in the Army.

In February 2013, Coopers says God clearly spoke to her via a television commercial, instructing her to go back to school to obtain her nursing license. “This was something I had considered many times before but it never seemed like the timing was right. I was almost about to let the dream go by the wayside because time was passing and I wasn’t getting any younger,” she says. It was a huge leap of faith but she made the necessary calls to get the process rolling, took and passed the entry test, and started class within the next month. The rest is history.

Completing nursing school is not a small fete especially when you’re trying to do so while being a wife and mother says Cooper. “I was challenged to even stay the course sometimes. The closer I was to the end, the more difficult it was to go on. I had to will myself to do it.” She says she had to encourage herself when nothing else would work.

Cooper also stands on the values that were instilled in her as a child. These include trusting and leaning on the earthly jewels that He has placed in her life such as June Victoria, Bishop George W. Brooks, Pastor Brian J. Pierce, Sr., Minister Patricia Walker, her father, mother and children.

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