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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) – Her door is decorated with love, reminding Coroline Brown every day why she's here.

 "One of those kids reminded me probably of some of the experiences that I have had," she said.

Nurse Brown, as the kids call her, has a keen, caring eye. She sees the students at Zucker Middle School as her own.

"She had everything and the making of a wonderful young woman that she could be," Nurse Brown said.

The she in this case was Ashlyn Conway.

"The way I was walking she probably noticed I needed help," Ashlyn said.

But it was more than her walk that tipped off Nurse Brown.

"Because she had such a low self-esteem and felt so bad about the way she looked and the things that children said, I remembered those days that I had," Coroline said.

Nurse Brown has battled weight problems, too. She's lost 80 pounds, but those days of being overweight were not that long ago.

"Some people are very, very cruel," she said. "They make jokes about you."

"I was just really upset and confused.  I really didn't know what to do," Ashlyn said.

So Nurse Brown stepped up and invited Ashlyn into her world.

"I just took her under my wing and began to share with her that you are only who you are based on what you feel that you can do on the inside of you," she said. "I was surprised when I saw her coming back day after day after day because I began to realize that I must have said something right."

Coroline got to know the Conway family and Ashlyn started losing weight.

She did the same thing for Reshawn Brown.

"I knew she was trying to help me," she said.

But it's not just about the kids. Coroline likes to get the parents involved, too, because she knows it's important.

"Our children want to make their parents happy. They feel good when their parents are happy about what they're doing," Nurse Brown said.

But not all parents appreciate her help.

"They see it sometimes as not making them look like a good mom or good dad, and it's usually not that at all, it's just my taking extra time, going an extra mile," Coroline said.

She takes the extra time because times have changed.

"Thirty years ago when I was 30 years old, there wasn't nearly as much obesity," she said.

But now she says fewer kids go home to prepared meals.

"Fast food is just almost an everyday meal that's placed with some of these kids," Coroline said.

And she knows that some of the kids who come to see her aren't always sick.

"Sometimes this is the only place they can go and get maybe some really kind words stated to them, or some love, and basically I have to say to myself, ‘That's what you're doing today,'" she said.

Her love for what she does keeps her going.

 "If I can do that for a child so that child can be a better child or feel better about themselves, then I've done what I think I'm placed on earth to do," she said.

And that's why Nurse Brown's decorated door is always open.

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