Ramona O. Hopkins
When Ramona O. Hopkins’s oldest son, Joshua, was pinned underneath a garage door, he suffered from anoxia, or lack of oxygen to the brain. While her son’s condition improved drastically with therapy, she was shocked to find that very little research had been published on anoxia. Though it made no sense with her schedule at the time, the lack of research on anoxia inspired her to pursue a PhD in psychology. Hopkins completed her doctorate degree and went on to study the cognitive, psychological, and quality-of-life outcomes for those who suffer from anoxia.
In her BYU devotional, Hopkins spoke about the journey of finding meaning in her son’s devastating experience. “All of us will experience difficult challenges in life,” she says. “How you deal with and overcome adversity is what is important.”