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June 24,2016 Twenty pounds down from the 2009 picture, but I can't even tell.

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My baby reading a book to his cousin. He has cowlicks that won't quit, poor kid. Christmas 2009

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I am a Catholic homeschooling mom of three beautiful kids - well, the oldest two have finished college, so only my baby, Danny, is still homeschooled. Danny, who is now eighteen, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma (brain cancer) in March of 2013. Since then he underwent two brain surgeries, six weeks of radiation, and over a year of chemotherapy. He was in remission for a few brief months, and then relapsed. Next he had another brain surgery and then completed a year of very difficult chemotherapy, with multiple nasty side effects. After that year, he had three blessed, beautiful years of no evidence of cancer. That ended on March 15, 2019, when he had a seizure at school, which led to a diagnosis of relapsed, inoperable, terminal cancer. Now every day with him is even more precious than before.

I myself am a breast cancer survivor, and I have degenerative arthritis in my hip, which makes walking painful. Other than that, I am pretty healthy, for which I am extremely grateful.

Member Since: 3/9/2009

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My Goals:
Right now my goals are to incorporate small healthy changes. One other goal is to be able to exercise without severe pain in my hip...not sure if that is feasible with my arthritis.

My Program:
I am trying to eat more fruits and vegetables, plus walking as much as I can without pain.

Personal Information:
I am originally an Army brat and have lived in quite a few places. Currently I am in Texas, at least for a while. I have three kids, ages 28, 25, and 18. My degrees are in chemistry, but at the moment I am concentrating on trying to get Danny through relapse treatment and all that that entails.

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Strength of character isn't always about how much you can handle before you break, it's also about how much you can handle after you've broken.

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    Thank you for your comment on my blog! .. 😅 ...:)
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    Darn mosquitoes! Sorry they got your back...that's the worst! When I was a kid they loved me but now that I'm getting on in years and not as sweet, they've been leaving me alone. I actually thought I was past the age of being a mosquito target. It seems there are a few desperate swarms out there that will take anything they can get though. They thought they were going to get a steak dinner, but they got beef jerky instead!
    11 days ago
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    Thanks for your comment...the tire runaround taught me all I need to know for next time! The tire's still holding which is a testament to Firestone's fix a flat service, and they were very nice people who worked there, and it's not their fault the corporation overprices it's parts and services, but at the end of the day, because of that, I will go to the significantly less expensive Discount place! Interesting that your dealer got you a better deal. Around here, the dealer's almost always the very most expensive place you can go for parts and service. So you did good! emoticon emoticon
    60 days ago
    Thank you for the very sweet comment on my blog today! .. 😃 .. your message really uplifted me!
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    Yikes, that's so scary that happened to Henry! The more I read about it, the more I realize we're all just kind of at the mercy of whatever happens. Most of us wouldn't be happy with the bubble life after a while, so we're all getting exposed. At a family gathering about a year ago the doctor in the group said that he and his coworkers have joked saying that staph is caused by "staff" in the hospital. As it turns out, that's a joke indeed because it's everywhere!
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