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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 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.

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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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    I came across your comment on a recent blog of OneKidsMom. Have you tried any of the video "chair exercises" on SP? I don't have mobility issues, but I do them and find them very valuable. Some really burn calories without having to put weight on your legs. Others work on strength training and flexibility which also burns calories. There's quite a variety. I like them.
    424 days ago
    Thanks for reading my blog. I agree with you about there being no common ground to be found with terrorists. However, there is hope to reach people of all backgrounds BEFORE they become radicalized by extremists. If you grow up knowing all kinds of people, you are less likely to believe the propaganda of hate and revenge that they preach.
    454 days ago
    I appreciate your support on my blogs so much, I hope I am telling you from time to time! Thank you!!!

    The fence outside the blue shutters house (which was the 'town hall' of this very small village) was iron actually, but very old and in bad need of a new coat of paint!!! Hence the 'difficult to describe and identify' look, haha! I liked it though!

    I hope you are feeling better today and that your hips aren't too painful. emoticon
    468 days ago
    Thanks for the bloglove! I agree - that is some piece of f urniture - and there were some other "swan" pieces and several Bird Chairs in the house.
    470 days ago
    Thank you for the Goodie and the kind words. I'm very familiar with that college. A few kids from our church have attended there. My mother used to work for the Navy in Carlisle. They lived near Hershey. It was quite a drive for her, but a good job.
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