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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

My mom, my daughter, and me, with my older son in the background. 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 fifteen, 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 25, 22, and 15. 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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    emoticon For now, this is the best that I can do! emoticon I think she is 'scared' to show up at my place.

    458 days ago
    I have to agree with you. I love my yoga pants and sweatshirts and I am almost to my goal weight and feel good. I would kill myself in my sister's shoes! I think it is more about how they present themselves. Thanks for reading my blog and good luck with your own goals.
    469 days ago
    I just corrected my blog about DH's swimming. Breaststroke burns more calories than backstroke. I didn't hear him correctly and he missed the error when he proofread it. Since breaststroke is the most restful stroke for me, it sounded reasonable. It must be a matter of intensity though. I go really slow in breaststroke.
    509 days ago
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    Yep, FryDaddies SEEM like a good idea until you buy one and realize you have to fill it with like a gallon of oil every. single. time. you use it. I gave mine away. Never did make it smoke or catch fire though. Not like I do with waffle irons and hot skillets with oil in them. I'm not sure if my bad luck with cooking with oil is God's way of telling me I shouldn't do it or God's way of telling me I should do it more often so I get better at it...these are the mysteries my of life. emoticon
    581 days ago
    Thanks for the friend add, Mary Jean. I wonder why we didn't do this before??? Could it possibly have been that we were too busy?? emoticon
    607 days ago
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