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

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 sixteen, 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. But he is still with us, and doing OK. It was all worth it because he is still with 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.

Member Since: 3/9/2009

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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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I am 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. Currently I am in Texas, at least for a while. I have three kids, ages 26, 23, and 16. 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 encouragement on my blog. It means so much to me.

    I'm amazed by your story. What tremendous love you have for your family. And how wonderful that you and your son are doing well. It made my day to read about you.

    I'm sending you best wishes for a happy healthy fun weekend.
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    34 days ago
  • v HAYBURNER1969
    Thanks for commenting on my "Force" blog! I need to take a cue from you and do a little better with being on time. {blush} Well, I guess I'm usually on time, but sliding in under the wire... so many things to do and I push myself doing one thing until the last moment I can before going on to something else.
    73 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    Now I absolutely have to know what tasty meal you cooked. It's just been SO long since I've had anything good, I need to be able to live through good food eaters vicariously! Thanks for your comment and don't be hard on yourself... one tasty, home cooked meal does not a bad week make! Have a great weekend!
    84 days ago
    Thanks for your thoughtful comment on my blog. You know, lack of opportunity isn't just the child's loss. All of society loses when talent goes unrecognized or is not nurtured.
    No one in my family went to college. Only when a teacher pointed out that the City Colleges in NYC had free tuition, did I realize I could have broader horizons.
    If my daughter Hayburner didn't have access to a piano, we never would have known what she could accomplish. And so on.
    86 days ago
  • v HAYBURNER1969
    Thank you for commenting on my Sacrifice & Strength blog yesterday. I think it also helps if the prayer intentions on FB aren't an everyday occurrence - otherwise, I think people would stop noticing them. But just doing them in Lent - they were kind of sad when it was over, and when I didn't do it again the following year, a few people said they missed them.

    So what started out as a sort of selfish reason to post them (to help myself remember them) turned into something very positive and powerful. Maybe I'll do it again this coming Lent. It starts March 1st.
    102 days ago
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