Sober Grad Proudly Receives Diploma With Her Baby Onstage

Brittany Mitchell was pregnant and homeless, addicted to heroin and other drugs, when she walked into William J. Ostiguy High School one year ago.

The 19-year-old had been living on the streets, in and out of shelters in Boston, kicked out of her Peabody home and failing school.

Her life was not what she imagined it would be when she first started spiking her Gatorade drinks with cold medicine at 12 years old to be like “the cool kids.”

Pregnant with her now 4-month-old son, Beau, Mitchell was terrified. She had to make changes not only for herself, but for the baby growing inside her.

“He is small but he has already moved so many mountains,” Mitchell said, speaking to her fellow graduates at the recovery high school commencement Friday in Boston.

“If you asked me two years ago where I’d be today, I would have told you a tale of me coming home from my first year of college, war stories marked by the damage to my liver and nights I don’t remember whether because I chose to or because of the amount of substances I probably would have put into my body,” she said. “I would have never imagined my life revolved around washing bottles, story time, sobriety and a love that is so much bigger than any love I thought I would have.”

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