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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 29, 26, 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 kind response to my "Love Begets Love".. emoticon
    1 day ago
    A little late but I wanted to say thank you for your comment on my blog a few days ago. I don't mind housework at all with just the two of us but I do appreciate a break from cooking!!
    5 days ago
    ..:::Thank you for your comment on my Simple Solutions blog!... emoticon
    10 days ago
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    Salsa is healthy! It's all straight veggies and carb laden or not, I will always consider this healthy...probably because compared to everything else I eat, it is....calories be darned! And guac, well isn't that just avocados? And aren't they the "good" kind of fat? For what it's worth, I've decided that I'm the good kind of fat too.

    I wholeheartedly agree about the brownies and cake though. They have no redeeming qualities and indeed are way too easy to over consume, so as much as I'd like to, I cannot defend them. One of these days I may just figure out how to stop bringing this stuff into my house!
    16 days ago
    …:::Thank you for your comment on my "Grow Up! Act Your Age!" blog... emoticon .. sorry to hear you discovered a friend or person you went to school with passed. In the one picture on my blog--I did not say, but one friend {in the picture of three of us} passed away over one year ago. She was on the right, and one of the most humorous friends I ever had. It was very sad for her loved ones and all of us who were close friends.
    I am still glad for the fun though some silly memories as a teen, and happily, I think I still turned out alright. I had the best ever career as a nurse---and had a passion for working in the hospital.
    19 days ago
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