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Rob Lowe Was His Mom’s Dedicated Caregiver After Her Diagnosis With Stage 4 Cancer | “Makes Final Goodbye Easier”
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Rob Lowe Was His Mom’s Dedicated Caregiver After Her Diagnosis With Stage 4 Cancer | “Makes Final Goodbye Easier”

The "hidden gem of being a caregiver is that you get to have talks, resolve issues, and express love to one another."

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Actor Rob Lowe was 26 when he witnessed his stepmother caring for his father through his battle with lymphoma. The experience helped the actor understand the challenges of a caregiver's role to some degree. Yet, when his mother, Barbara Hepler, was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in his late 30s, Lowe stepped up to care for her until the very end.

According to Newsweek, Lowe and his brothers ensured that their mother was properly taken care of by becoming her full-time caregivers. From searching for the right doctors, researching treatment options, and driving his mother to her appointments at the clinic, Lowe did it all. When his mother was diagnosed, the 58-year-old actor's professional life wasn't sailing smoothly either and his show, The Lyon's Den, was subjected to low ratings. In the course of trying to balance his personal and professional life, Lowe learned the importance of prioritizing family through thick and thin.

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Photo By: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Photo By: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Despite trying hard to save the show he starred in and produced, it was canceled and the actor did not want to choose between his job and taking care of his mother, Lowe wrote in an opinion piece for the outlet. Lowe and his siblings faced incredible difficulty knowing that they would have to see their mother suffering till her last breath after getting put in a hospice.