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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 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 fifteen, 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. Next he 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 14. 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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    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.
    414 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    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
    487 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
    513 days ago
  • v LINDAKAY228
    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.
    570 days ago
    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.
    595 days ago

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