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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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    Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog. I don't deserve your kind words of praise. I've got DH to help and nowhere near the responsibilities that you face every day. I admire your strength and resilience a great deal.
    402 days ago
    emoticon so much for your kind comment on my blog, 'Hiking between winter and spring'! I loved the pictures of the blue bonnets, and can only hope that one day, I'll be able to go to Texas at that time of the year to see by myself of that beauty!
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    Thanks for visiting my SP blog. I am sorry to hear about the relapse of your son's cancer.

    A lot has happened since the blog post that you commented on. I am blogging about all of it on a separate blog now(

    My daughter, KK, had 9 brain surgeries in April and May. One of which she woke up post-op with right sided weakness. At that point, I had her life flighted to Boston Children's Hospital.

    Her care is all in Boston (about an hour from our home) now: BCH for all surgeries/in-patient care, Brigham and Women's for radiation, and Dana Farber for oncology. KK is part of a clinical trial similar to the Polio virus trial at Duke, except they use a respiratory virus (adenovirus) rather than a disease.

    She was supposed to begin her fifth round of Temozolomide on December 8, but her platelets were too low. We went to Disney this week, so she will begin the fifth 28-day cycle of Temozolomide this Tuesday.
    497 days ago
    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.
    521 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.
    551 days ago
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