BY REBECCA PALMER
FRUIT HEIGHTS — For Karen, motherhood has been more than just a chance to raise six wonderful children; it has been her only way through personal tragedy.
When her three sons and three daughters were between the ages of 3 and 18, Nancy’s husband was hospitalized with breathing problems. Following an open-lung biopsy, a pancreatic attack and 11 days on life support, he died. Doctors never understood why.
Devastated, Karen’s only desire was to do a good job of being a mother.
“I knew how important it was and I didn’t want to fail at it,” she said. All she wanted was “to make sure my kids stayed united as a family and did what we wanted to achieve for ourselves. I think that we did that.”
Karen was away from the workforce for 20 years, but returned as a speech and language pathologist after moving to Utah with her children.
“There’s definite challenges being a single mom,” she said, “but I always have felt ђ we’ve never felt alone, really.”
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