My name is Jill Lowe. I am a wife and mother and attorney and mediator and philanthropist and lastly an author of a nonfiction children’s book titled It’s Okay if My Mommy Changes I Still Love Her. I wrote the book to give other women hope and to help them explain the cancer to their young children.
I am a Floridian, growing up in South Florida. I had a good childhood, but I did have some struggles. These struggles helped to shape the person I am today and gave me strength to fight the biggest fight of my life, cancer. In this blog, you will learn about my cancer and my journey. I will discuss what worked for me and what did not work for me. I will also talk about my life today after the cancer. My life has changed dramatically in the last three years. There have been many highs and lows, like a rollercoaster. But I would not change a thing!
I met my husband in law school over sixteen years ago. I have been practicing law for over fourteen years, specializing in family law. I am board certified in marital and family law by the Florida Bar and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. I have received numerous awards and distinctions. However, these things no longer bring me joy or happiness or satisfaction. Practicing in family law brings its own set of problems and challenges. I see good people at their worst. Most people are not overly excited to get divorced, even if it is their own decision or doing. As a family law attorney, I deal with the two most emotional issues a person can encounter (1) money and (2) time with their children. It became very stressful for me and emotional. As much as I tried to leave the problems at the office, they followed me home. I told my husband when I first started practicing law that 10 years from that day I would make a change because I knew I would get burnt out from the practice. I was right! In my 10th year of practicing law I was diagnosed with stage 2b breast cancer. The cancer was not from a genetic mutation but instead caused by the environment. My body, immune system, was weak and the cancer was stronger than my body. The diagnosis forever changed my life and my perspective.
Today, I decided to take a break from practicing law to focus on other professional opportunities. I want to find a professional that brings me happiness and satisfaction and is a positive influence. You will read about my professional journey in this blog.
In conclusion, while I may look like I have it all together I really don’t! I am finding my path and writing more chapters in my book of life.