LORETTA LYNN

THE COUN­TRY LE­GEND’S LOV­ING FAM­ILY HELPED HER SUR­VIVE HER MOST DIF­FI­CULT YEAR EVER

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The Coal Miner’s Daugh­ter draws strength from her fam­ily after en­dur­ing her tough­est year.

“I al­ways had a dif­fer­ent mind­set — that I can do this.”

— Loretta

As the cal­en­dar flips to 2019, Loretta Lynn will be toast­ing the new year, grate­ful to have so much love in her life. The famed per­former broke a hip last Jan­uary — less than a year after suf­fer­ing a stroke — and has been lean­ing on her kids as she works toward a full re­cov­ery. “She’s come out of the stroke very well,” says a close in­sider. “But Loretta says it’s been one of the rough­est years she’s ever had — prob­a­bly as rough as when she lost [her hus­band] Doolit­tle.”

NEW CHAL­LENGES

Loretta, 86, who wasn’t well enough to at­tend the CMT Awards where she was hon­ored in Oc­to­ber, has been re­ceiv­ing phys­i­cal ther­apy. With the sup­port of her four sur­viv­ing chil­dren, she hopes to get back on­stage this May. “Her daugh­ters Patsy and Peggy are there ev­ery day. When you see them around their mother, you can tell they love her more than any­thing in life,” says the in­sider, who con­fides that Loretta still strug­gles with the use of her left arm. “Your mind tells you, ‘You can!’ but your body soon tells you, ‘No, you can’t quite do this.’ Got to work at it,” ad­mits Loretta.

News that she’d re­ceived a Grammy Award nom­i­na­tion for “Wouldn’t It Be Great,” a song she wrote for her late hus­band on her new al­bum of the same name, fur­ther mo­ti­vated Loretta. “I will get com­pletely bet­ter if I go out and hit the stage,” she says. “I need to show ev­ery­body that I can do it.”

After all, this coun­try mu­sic su­per­star has never been a quit­ter. “Her be­lief in the Lord has got­ten her through,” says the in­sider. “Also the love of her fans. She doesn’t want to dis­ap­point her fans.” — Louise A. Bar­ile,

with re­port­ing by Katie Bruno

Loretta ad­mits that the strokewas “very scary” but she re­fuses to re­tirefrom mu­sic. Loretta’s twins, Peggy and Patsy, are by her side.

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