It's no secret that life doesn't always unfold the way we'd like. During our childhoods, most of us imagined a future full of nurture and promise, replete with the hard earned fruits of our labor. For some, those proverbial dreams come true; alas, for others these youthful hopes and dreams are dashed along the way. Life happens, and it's not always a pretty picture. Some how, some way, some of us, like high school student Erin Spitznagel, manage to move past the challenge with remarkable resilience and fortitude.