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Mother of the Year
Charleston WV Daily Mail ^ | 12/28/2011 | Don Surber

Posted on 12/28/2011 8:32:45 AM PST by JoanVarga

This story tears the heart out. Jenni Lake gave birth to her son, Chad Michael Lake, on November 9, 2011, in Pocatello, Idaho. She won’t make it to his first birthday. She didn’t make it to her 18th birthday.

She died 12 days after he was born, from the brain cancer that doctors told her she had more than a year earlier.

Rather than accept treatment which may have endangered her baby, Jenni Lake decided against treating her cancer. I am sure that she died happy because she followed God’s plan.

Her father recalled when Jenni Lake, then 16, was told of the diagnosis: “Jenni just flat out asked them if she was going to die.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: abortion; joy; life; love; prolife
People are still amazing. Moms are the most amazing.
1 posted on 12/28/2011 8:32:49 AM PST by JoanVarga
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To: All

Definitely a Saint.


2 posted on 12/28/2011 8:39:46 AM PST by jackibutterfly (The American Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.)
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To: jackibutterfly

I don’t think that child will grow up with any question of whether or not he is loved. I don’t think his father will ever be the same. Not many young men are given such a gift: to see a perfect love perfectly given.


3 posted on 12/28/2011 8:42:32 AM PST by JoanVarga (To vote for a politician is much like being an accomplice to a crime. -J.V.)
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To: JoanVarga
After reading the entire story, I had an entirely different take on the matter.

It's probably best if I just left it at that.

4 posted on 12/28/2011 8:55:37 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: edpc

Me too, and I will say it. Despite the heroics of this girl the question remains:

Why is she pregnant at age 16?

But God bless her for refusing treatment.


5 posted on 12/28/2011 9:07:35 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: edpc

Oh, hey, thanks for playing. No parting gift for passive-aggressive commenters, however.


6 posted on 12/28/2011 9:14:25 AM PST by JoanVarga (To vote for a politician is much like being an accomplice to a crime. -J.V.)
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To: JoanVarga

God will bless this heroic woman, and give her an eternity of love.


7 posted on 12/28/2011 9:17:58 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Praise God from Whom all blessings flow / Praise Him all creatures here below.)
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To: JoanVarga

Well, Mary was 15 and unwed when she got pregnant.

Girl was gonna die, wanted to experience life.

But hey, you want to jump all over the dead, it is your right. But you’re not right.


8 posted on 12/28/2011 9:20:05 AM PST by Mustang Driver
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To: Mrs. Don-o

“No greater love.”


9 posted on 12/28/2011 9:20:16 AM PST by Know et al (The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

It’s not so easy to live like we believe in eternity. It takes courage. It’s not a crutch for the weak, it’s a cross for the will.


10 posted on 12/28/2011 9:21:32 AM PST by JoanVarga (To vote for a politician is much like being an accomplice to a crime. -J.V.)
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To: edpc

I agree


11 posted on 12/28/2011 9:22:14 AM PST by rbbeachkid (Get out of its way and small business can fix the economy.)
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To: Mr. K

“Why is she pregnant at age 16?”

I am not defending the girl. However, I tried understanding the article from the young girl’s perspective. She was told that she would probably die. She was also told the chemo treatments would make her sterile (something the article said devastated her since she always wanted children). I may be going way out on a limb here (and flamed) but perhaps she realized that her days were numbered and wanted to experience as much out of life before her death. That included being intimate with her boyfriend. The article did state that the medical professionals were shocked that she even conceived.

Now came the real hard choice. Should she abort and hope the chemo worked or decline medical treatment and give birth to a child. That is a huge decision for a fully grown, adult woman much less a girl at 16. So, she made a decision that she would save her baby and her body would succumb to the cancer.

Who knows? Maybe by having this child (even at 16) she was able to comfort her family since she did leave a “legacy” behind in a way. Maybe by looking into the eyes of her child, the family doesn’t feel the sting of their daughter’s loss as severely as they would have? Just my two cents... flame away.


12 posted on 12/28/2011 9:23:13 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Mr. K
Really? All that love and beauty and the most you can summon for comment is judgment? Oh, well done.

She's not like the lying little 16 y/o street thief my family took in. Lied about her age, kept her pregnancy a secret, kept her abortion a secret until she landed in the hospital for heavy bleeding. Still lied. Still slept around. Until we kicked her 16 y/o butt to the curb and bought her a week's stay at the flophouse downtown.

All kids make mistakes. Very few redeem them so beautifully. I shall celebrate the heroics for a good while and forget your prickly judgments forthwith.

13 posted on 12/28/2011 9:32:32 AM PST by JoanVarga (To vote for a politician is much like being an accomplice to a crime. -J.V.)
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To: rbbeachkid

We all think we want justice. What we really seek is mercy.

May you get the justice your heart craves.


14 posted on 12/28/2011 9:35:36 AM PST by JoanVarga (To vote for a politician is much like being an accomplice to a crime. -J.V.)
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To: Mustang Driver

Did you mean to direct this comment to me?


15 posted on 12/28/2011 9:37:22 AM PST by JoanVarga (To vote for a politician is much like being an accomplice to a crime. -J.V.)
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To: JoanVarga
It’s not so easy to live like we believe in eternity.

Excellent point.

16 posted on 12/28/2011 9:41:26 AM PST by Tax-chick (Two women in one house ... and one of 'em a redhead!)
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To: JoanVarga

The girl thought she was sterile. She always wanted children. She admitted that she and her boyfriend didn’t use protection, because she thought she was sterile. She made the supreme sacrifice for her baby.


17 posted on 12/28/2011 9:48:22 AM PST by toothfairy86
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To: Mustang Driver

And, that is similar to this situation how?


18 posted on 12/28/2011 9:49:03 AM PST by SuzyQue
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To: momtothree

Hmmm. No flames. They’ve cast their stones and are done.


19 posted on 12/28/2011 9:59:34 AM PST by JoanVarga (To vote for a politician is much like being an accomplice to a crime. -J.V.)
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To: JoanVarga

Thank you.


20 posted on 12/28/2011 10:04:47 AM PST by wizr (If God isn't on your side, who is?)
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To: Mr. K
probably became pregnant from some man....just guessing here....

such haters in this world, and even on this board....

Cast the first stones all you perfect little people who have never sinned nor did anything wrong nor anything youthful....do you shine your halo's every night?

21 posted on 12/28/2011 10:06:08 AM PST by cherry
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To: JoanVarga

Yeah... I am sort of shocked myself! I personally don’t know one perfect person. This young girl faced death at a point in her life where she should have only been concerned with what to wear at prom or how to increase her Algebra grade. She made a selfless, beautiful decision and brought forth a life while facing her own death. There is only beauty and glory in her story. IMHO.


22 posted on 12/28/2011 10:06:40 AM PST by momtothree
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To: wizr

My pleasure.


23 posted on 12/28/2011 10:08:34 AM PST by JoanVarga (We no longer have the luxury of ascribing to incompetence what is plainly evil.)
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To: momtothree

Well, I only know of one perfect Person. . .

Your comments are most appreciated. Thanks.


24 posted on 12/28/2011 10:10:30 AM PST by JoanVarga (We no longer have the luxury of ascribing to incompetence what is plainly evil.)
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To: cherry

Giggling at your first sentence! Agreeing with the second. Ell-oh-elling at the halo comment.

:o)


25 posted on 12/28/2011 10:13:08 AM PST by JoanVarga (We no longer have the luxury of ascribing to incompetence what is plainly evil.)
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To: cherry
such haters in this world, and even on this board....

Cast the first stones all you perfect little people who have never sinned nor did anything wrong nor anything youthful....do you shine your halo's every night?

That's almost funny. Take a look at your own comment posting history on other threads before you start calling people haters. I'll put my tarnished halo up against yours any day.

26 posted on 12/28/2011 10:30:34 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: momtothree

The article acts like a pregnant 16 year old is no big deal.


27 posted on 12/28/2011 10:32:50 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: toothfairy86

I guess I should have read the entire article, I missed the ‘thought she was sterile” part.

But look at some of the loving thoughtful comments here... Very good, people.


28 posted on 12/28/2011 10:36:04 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: edpc; cherry

Is it just me? Or do the people who like to call other people “haters” seem to have a lot of hatred??

I vaguely recall even throwing in a “God Bless” this woman for the courage to save her baby.


29 posted on 12/28/2011 10:40:21 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: edpc

Well then, bring it or shut it. You obviously have an opinion that you fear to expose to opposing points of view.

The coy and implied righteousness of your first comment on this thread warranted such a response.


30 posted on 12/28/2011 10:42:32 AM PST by JoanVarga (We no longer have the luxury of ascribing to incompetence what is plainly evil.)
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To: Mr. K

I’m sure your invocations are a comfort to her grieving family. Right after they digest your aspersions.


31 posted on 12/28/2011 10:43:49 AM PST by JoanVarga (We no longer have the luxury of ascribing to incompetence what is plainly evil.)
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To: Mr. K

“The article acts like a pregnant 16 year old is no big deal”.

Think about this... what would you have preferred? Either you would rather NOT have this article written because the girl was 16 or you would have wanted some comment in the article discussing the girl in a negative light. Is this girl’s sacrifice any less because she was 16 and pregnant out of wedlock? Would a married woman forgoing chemo to save a human life more “honorable”?

I would rather focus on this young woman’s sacrifice and commitment to her unborn child than point my finger at her with shame. But that’s just me.


32 posted on 12/28/2011 10:45:00 AM PST by momtothree
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To: cherry

It hasnt anything to do with wearing a halo or being perfect, but it is a legitimate question. Of course we need to love and forgive those who make mistakes but our jobs as parents or friends is to steer our children or friends away from poor choices. Perhaps had she not gotten pregnant she could have received proper treatmnt for her cancer. She was a great person for having given birth but she might’ve been able to live as well as become a wonderful mother. But we will never know.


33 posted on 12/28/2011 10:48:48 AM PST by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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To: JoanVarga

I don’t fear anything in this regard and I don’t owe you any explanations. Additionally, I’m not interested in hearing criticism from the poster to which my reply was directed, given his/her commenting history on other subjects.


34 posted on 12/28/2011 10:49:15 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: InvisibleChurch

She was given a 30% chance of living two years. You can read into that what you want but the article pretty much said she was terminal. The chemo was to extend her life for a small period of time... maybe.


35 posted on 12/28/2011 10:59:51 AM PST by momtothree
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To: InvisibleChurch

Of course we want our children to make wise choices. We’ve made so many horrible choices. Like allowing the State to take over education and charity and science and accountability. Our generation voted for that sort of thing and now we expect our grandchildren to be better equipped than we were at that age?

Young people today have a slim chance of finding a foundation for their moral choices, and in her case it may be that premarital sex presents no moral hurdles, regardless of how we may perceive it.

Why can we, as Christians, not be wise as serpents and harmless as doves? We foolishly, dumbly say, “thou shalt not. . .” in the face of current events and completely wipe away the chance to win over the very sorts of souls who could profit from Bread from Heaven. Instead, the first thing they get is a stone.


36 posted on 12/28/2011 11:00:58 AM PST by JoanVarga (We no longer have the luxury of ascribing to incompetence what is plainly evil.)
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To: JoanVarga

I hope so too

It would be so much better then the smarmy replies here, just pointing out the obvious


37 posted on 12/28/2011 11:22:53 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Mr. K

Point taken. It is possible I read too much into your first comment. If so, I do apologize.


38 posted on 12/28/2011 11:26:26 AM PST by JoanVarga (We no longer have the luxury of ascribing to incompetence what is plainly evil.)
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To: JoanVarga

it is not that you disagree with me (or disagreed) it is fine if you do

If I am wrong and you convince me I am happy to say so.

But some of the peoiple responding had such an attitude about it and spoke in an impolite manner - and that is never called for- if you disagree, say so without the sarcastic and superior or childish tone- that just is annoying


39 posted on 12/28/2011 5:43:39 PM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Mr. K

Fair enough.

(But now a small part of me wants to snark, in reply to your complaint of childishness and sarcasm, “you’re new around here, ain’t ya?”)

:o)


40 posted on 12/28/2011 6:14:51 PM PST by JoanVarga (We no longer have the luxury of ascribing to incompetence what is plainly evil.)
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To: JoanVarga

I know.. you would think so, huh?


41 posted on 12/28/2011 6:17:20 PM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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