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Roberta Droescher, 51, is surrounded by family and friends at her daughter's eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer. "Once I was blessed with my children," she said, "that's the only high I ever needed."

Today I met Roberta Droescher and her large, complicated, and eternally loving  family. Roberta spent much of her life struggling with drugs and alcohol, but cleaned up after she had her daughters. “Once I was blessed with my children, that’s the only high I ever needed,” she said. She has become sober and a well-respected member of the Ponca tribe community in Lincoln. But now she lives with three kinds of cancer. Though her cancer made her extremely exhausted today, she pushed through for her daughter Savannah’s eleventh birthday party. “I did my bad and I’m trying to do my good now,” she said.

Roberta Droescher takes a cigarette break and watches over her daughter's eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer. "I did my bad and I'm trying to do my good now," she said.

Roberta Droescher, 51, wishes her daughter, Savannah, a happy birthday at her eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer. "Once I was blessed with my children," she said, "that's the only high I ever needed."

Roberta Droescher, 51, looks out her back door at her daughter's eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer. "Once I was blessed with my children," she said, "that's the only high I ever needed."

Roberta Droescher piles juice pouches into the arms of her niece Nevaeh Horse, 9, at her daughter's eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer.

Roberta Droescher 51, takes a break and shows her exhaustion at her daughter's eleventh birthday party at their home on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Droescher struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for much of her life, and now lives with cancer. "I'm exhausted from the cancer today, but I have to do this party for my baby girl," she said.

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