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 two are in college now so only my baby is left at home with me (except in the summers). My baby, who is thirteen, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma (brain cancer) in March of 2013. Since then he has undergone two major surgeries and six weeks of radiation. He is currently nearing the end of forty-eight weeks of chemotherapy. His treatments have pretty well taken over my life right now. I myself am a breast cancer ...
I am a Catholic homeschooling mom of three beautiful kids - well, the oldest two are in college now so only my baby is left at home with me (except in the summers). My baby, who is thirteen, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma (brain cancer) in March of 2013. Since then he has undergone two major surgeries and six weeks of radiation. He is currently nearing the end of forty-eight weeks of chemotherapy. His treatments have pretty well taken over my life right now. 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. I have to be in good shape myself to take care of my son. But I am not doing the best at losing weight at the moment.
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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:
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 raising my children.

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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
1/31/2014 8:33:59 AM

Thanks. We each have our "cross to bear" I guess, whether it's medical or something else. I am going to be 59 the end of February. I was in good shape and walking 15 to 20 miles a couple of times a year for Wounded Warrier projects and sometimes others. I did training hikes and walks all year, and also did water aerobics. I totally did not expect this to happen. They say shape I was in helped me to work toward recovery faster. I still have lot to go but have come so far. We look around us and see people not quite as bad but then we see the ones worse and think we're not as bad as so and so. My continued thoughts and prayers for you and your son and all you both struggle through.



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MIFITNOW
1/31/2014 5:58:26 AM

Thanks for stopping by my page and commenting on my blog about the Spark Activity Tracker. I really do think it is a valuable piece of fitness equipment - it keeps things in perspective. I had an extremely busy day yesterday lasting from 5 AM - 11 PM but my tracker only registered 6,000 steps. I know today I have to STEP it up!
It definitely won't work if it stays in the box - so get it out and give it a try.
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BLITZEN44
1/24/2014 9:45:23 AM

Yep, that was my recipe. Glad your dd enjoyed it! I didn't do much holiday baking this year...being on my feet at work 45 hours/ week pretty much took the wind outta those sails. Are you still working at the church?



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BLITZEN44
1/5/2014 10:56:12 PM

Thanks for the goodie! Danny is young and so he's got resilience on his side. And he's witty, which means he's intelligent on a higher level. Plus, you have to admit, he's got good genes for brains! And remember IQ tests don't always tell the whole story. He's a kid..he likes what he likes and he's interested in what he's interested in. And the things we like and are interested in are the areas where we excel. The stuff we don't like or particularly care about, well, meh. It doesn't mean we CAN'T learn that stuff- it just means that maybe we're not interested in it right now. When it comes to intelligence, Danny will be just fine. Just keep that young brain stimulated with your great home schooling skills!

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BROOKLYN_BORN
1/2/2014 8:04:31 AM

Thanks for reading and commenting on my "Roomba" blog. I love technology especially the kind that eliminates hateful tasks.
Our whole house is hardwood floors because of my allergies, but it does do our one small area rug just fine. The difference in height is no problem, it just climbs right up onto it.



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