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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, not homeschooling anymore. I was. My baby, Danny, 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. That relapse, in early 2019, was successfully treated with chemo that made the cancer disappear. It bought us a year of grace. That year ended in February of 2020, when an MRI showed that the cancer was back. There was really no treatment possible. My beautiful, beloved son Danny died of brain cancer on April 17, 2020, at home, holding his big brother's hand. He was 19 years old.

"If you get there before I do
Don't give up on me.
I'll meet you when my chores are through.
I don't know how long I'll be
But I'm not gonna let you down.
Danny wait and see.
And between now and then, till I see you again I'll be loving you.
Love, Me."

Daniel Neville Bruce Lowe
February 16th, 2001-April 17th, 2020

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. I have three kids, ages 30, 27, and forever 19. My degrees are in chemistry, but in late years I have mostly been employed in child care.

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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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    thanks for reading my blogs have a great week Hugs
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    Hi Mary Jean - I have looked at Spark 360 - wasn't impressed. I doubt if I will bother with it. Best wishes to you! Heather
    1 day ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    My son Nathan had Testicular Cancer in 2009 and he had surgery and then 5 weeks later tests showed it was in his groin lymph nodes, so he had 4 rounds of chemo with 2 drugs that took 6 months. He was so sick, but we had follow up for 7 yrs and I understand the stress you had. It has been 12 yrs and he is 37 so he is a vegan and he works to avoid Cancer. As his doctor said "Cancer will kill you as it just doesn't care, unless we can stop it."

    Do check out John Thomas' web site as he isn't a doctor, but he has taken care of his health since he has been 27 and he is now 77. I read his web site and his book all the time.

    My doctor's interview is at Youtube titled: AGE MANAGEMENT MEDICINE - WARD DEAN M.D.

    I'm going to sign up for MyFitnessPal, so I'll see you there.

    1 day ago
    I am now also on Myfitmesspal. I have a group under community call

    outdoorgirl 76 Former Spark Members lets join together

    It is just to say hi and keep in touch, It is nothing like SP here Good luck on your journey.God Bless
    4 days ago
  • v MCFITZ2
    Thankyou for stopping by and commenting on my photos.
    I read your page and cannot imagine how wrenching it was to have your child experience cancer. It has claimed many of our family members. My sister in law and best friend of over fifty years was dx with glioblastoma. She was able to survive 10 months from dx. She passed in 2020 and I have tears just writing about it. I know she will be waiting for me when my time comes. God bless gentle hug
    6 days ago
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