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By Laura StetsonFor the first time, Laura Stettson captured the essence of what it is like to be a young adult in America.
Stetsons son is now 14 and she has spent the past two years traveling around the country with her parents, trying to help children and families through the devastating impact of global warming.
Her travels have been an experience for the younger Stetsontons parents, who have traveled with her to five different states in North America to see what she has witnessed.
“I’ve learned so much about life, about people, about how to be yourself,” Stetsson told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota.
“And it has been really enriching to me.”
When she was a kid, Stetsowns family lived in a town in Kentucky called Louisville, which was about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from where she grew up.
The area was largely rural and was home to a number of rural businesses, such as a butcher, a flour mill, and a post office.
“We were pretty much the only small community in the whole of Kentucky,” Stetson said.
Stetsons parents moved to Louisville in the late ’70s to be closer to family and the city’s thriving textile industry.
But when the economy went down, Stetons parents took a job in the city as a nurse.
“My parents were really good at working the graveyard shift,” she said.
“They did it until the hospital closed, because I don’t think anyone could get paid for it.”
Stetson said her parents had always been supportive of her family’s transition from rural life to urban life, but the changes were challenging.
“When we moved to the city, there were just so many changes, and it was very stressful, and I think the change from rural to urban was very challenging,” she explained.
“I think that’s the thing that made it so interesting for my parents, because they were really supportive of that, but they didn’t know what to do with it.”
During the transition, Stettes family adopted a child, which she says was a huge help.
“There were just two little boys, and my parents thought, ‘We’re going to have a girl,'” Stetss said.
The decision was made to put her on a special diet, which would help her cope with her new life.
“One of the things that I’ve learned from my mom is that if you have a plan and you stick to it, you can change the world,” Statsson said, adding that the transition was hard, but it was also liberating.
“And I think it helped that my parents were supportive, and they really embraced me,” she continued.
“So I think that was very, very important.”
She also noticed that, for the first few years, she felt like her parents were a part of her life.
“My dad really was my hero, because he really took care of me, and he was like my mom,” she recalled.
“It was hard for me to grow up without my mom because I had so much in common with her.
She was my mother, and she was so loving and kind.”
In an effort to help the young girl, Stettons parents adopted a number from her foster care home.
They also adopted Stetsus sister and the foster mother’s daughter.
“In the beginning, it was like, ‘What are you going to do for this girl?
You’re not going to be able to do this.
She has so much more in common than you,'” Stettson explained.
The Stetsos have now returned to Louisville, and Stets was in the process of starting a second career when she met Stetsworth.
“She was a very different person than she was at the time,” Stettos said.
“[But] she is a really good role model for me.”
After working as a dental hygienist for a year, Stettsons parents decided to adopt a cat.
The cat, named Kitty, was adopted by Stetsstons parents as a reward.
“That was really an amazing experience, because she is such a strong and independent animal,” Stettson said.
“If we ever have to go into a situation where we need a cat, we would love to have her.”
Stettsons parents said they had no idea what kind of impact the cat would have on their children.
“They really had no clue,” Stells said.
But, she added, “We’ve been blessed to have had the opportunity to adopt one of the greatest cats in the world.”
A decade later, Stitsons parents have since had Kitty adopted into their family.
The two families now have four cats, and Kitty is in good health and doing well.
Stettons mom said the experience of meeting Kitty was one of her most fulfilling.
“You know, I had no experience with kittens,” she told CNN. “But my