DEDICATION- Oak Park's Barbara Parkhurst accepts her advanced degree at CLU.
Studying for a doctorate is challenging enough, but Barbara Semel Parkhurst of Oak Park earned her degree at the same time she was undergoing multiple surgeries for a near fatal brain aneurysm.
Parkhust, 55, recently graduated from California Lutheran University with her health intact.
Parkhurst was gardening at home over Memorial Day weekend in 2007 when the aneurysm struck.
"My head felt like it exploded ...