MARYJEANSL
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Me with two of my dearest friends and my brother-in-law, June 2010





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 has finished college and is working now and the second is in college, so only my baby is left at home with me (except in the summers). My baby, Danny, who is thirteen, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma (brain cancer) in March of 2013. Since then he has undergone two major surgeries, six weeks of radiation, and over a year of chemotherapy. He was in remission for a few brief months, and then relapsed. This is a ...
I am a Catholic homeschooling mom of three beautiful kids - well, the oldest has finished college and is working now and the second is in college, so only my baby is left at home with me (except in the summers). My baby, Danny, who is thirteen, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma (brain cancer) in March of 2013. Since then he has undergone two major surgeries, six weeks of radiation, and over a year of chemotherapy. He was in remission for a few brief months, and then relapsed. This is a very difficult time for us.

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.

We are looking into the best relapse treatment for Danny and I will post when I know more.
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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.

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Right now I am just trying to eat more fruits and vegetables, plus walking as much as I can without pain.

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I am originally an Army brat and have lived in quite a few places. Right now I am in Texas, at least for a while. I have three kids, ages 23, 20, and 13. My degrees are in chemistry, but right now I am concentrating on getting Danny caught up with his academic work after cancer treatment.

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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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LINDAKAY228
11/5/2014 5:52:18 PM

Thank you so much for your comments and compliments on my blogs. When I look at you and Danny I see so much inspiration. Danny for all he's going through but I also think its sometimes harder on the moms than the child. It's really hard on him I know but I've never had to watch one of my children go through what you've had to see and deal with. So I guess we inspire each other LOL. Anyway, you know how awesome Danny is in spite of his fight against some of his treatments. But remember how awesome YOU are.



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BROOKLYN_BORN
10/11/2014 8:50:34 AM

I wouldn't hesitate to take AMTRAK again. I remember back in the 60s when it was run so badly that either the government had to take it over or there would be no passenger trains at all.

When we were living on an army post back then, some guys told us the horror story of being abandoned on the train when the crew's shift was over and something prevented the replacement crew from arriving.

Whatever the case, the only delays we experienced was when people with disabilities had to take extra time to board or get off the train. I'm glad this form of transportation is available to them. There were wheelchairs and walkers and one man who was blind. Crewmembers were there to assist them all.

We were only 12 minutes late going to RI and 22 minutes late returning. Not bad and a very pleasant and restful journey.

DH drove to a conference in Atlanta a few weeks ago and now says that next time he would take the train.

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LINDAKAY228
9/14/2014 10:51:36 AM

Thanks so much for commenting on my blog. I don't really know anyone in Arlington yet and my motivation comes from inside and my friends on Spark. I am so grateful to have all of you! Having had 5 kids and 12 grandkids I know what you mean. I do have a choice, but then to myself I really don't if you know what I mean. I could choose to just give up but it wouldn't really be me if I did. So to me I do what I have to do, whether with my kids or others, or in this case myself. Something changed inside of me a few years ago so I'm not the same as I used to be. I wouldn't give up on my kids but I would put everyone else first. Then as I took care of them by myself and then my mother, also by myself, I learned that I had to take care of myself or I ran out of anything to give them. I have also known people who did things for their kids to a certain point but only what had to be done. The camps you take him to and the extra things beyond medical treatment, are because you care. Going out of your way to your son's graduation is another example My mother would have said she's too tired or too sore or something else. In high school once I got a driver's license I was the one to go to the band concerts etc. My mom, even though she was a good woman in a lot of ways, delegated so much to me. So don't sell yourself short because you are an awesome mom!



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SIMPLELIFE4REAL
9/12/2014 7:39:42 AM

Thanks for your comment on my blog about Amy's thai soup. I'm will you that I don't like to eat things out of cans. I don't know if Amy's products are in BPA free cans. I'll check that out. The soup is organic and Amy's is big on that so it wouldn't surprise me if the cans are okay too.

I had never heard of a yoyo meal.....I'll have to remember that next time hubby asked me what's for dinner and I'm too tired to cook!



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BROOKLYN_BORN
9/1/2014 10:47:00 AM

LOL Yeah, Martha won't be coming here. Neither will "House Beautiful." My aim is not to attract the attention of the Board of Health. Clean yes, neat NO, tastefully decorated- not gonna happen.



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