How did I do it? My gosh......it's not been easy, but it's been rewarding, I just take one day at a time, still. Things got stressful for me when my 2 oldest sons joined the Marines and both of them went to Iraq. (I suspect most of my increase in ibs symptoms with that time) Having a child choose to join the religious life has been one area of mostly comfort, though. She's very happy with her life, so that's been wonderful for all of us.
Thank you so much for the welcome. I've been a lurker on these boards for the past year or so and I'm so happy to sign in with some good news.