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One day at a time

I am a mother of two wonderful boys, Brayden and Gavin. Until recently I would have said my life was near perfect. I was pursuing my dream of going to medical school and was attending my first year of classes. My husband's construction business was growing. My boys were bright and active. I had a great group of friends. Then on 5-13-11 my life came to a crashing halt. My youngest son who was suffering from headaches for two weeks was diagnosed with a brain tumor. On 5-16-11 he underwent a 10 ...
I am a mother of two wonderful boys, Brayden and Gavin. Until recently I would have said my life was near perfect. I was pursuing my dream of going to medical school and was attending my first year of classes. My husband's construction business was growing. My boys were bright and active. I had a great group of friends. Then on 5-13-11 my life came to a crashing halt. My youngest son who was suffering from headaches for two weeks was diagnosed with a brain tumor. On 5-16-11 he underwent a 10 hour surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible. The surgeon was only able to remove 70% of the mass. The tumor was sent for analysis and we were told we should have the results by the end of the week. On 5-20-11 we were delivered the hardest blow who could ever receive. We were told our son has a grade 4 glioblastoma. Due to the location all of the tumor could not be removed. The average life span after diagnosis is 1 to 2 years, and that is after receiving chemo and damaging radiation. Now our family is on the quest for a experimental treatment to extend his life. We are preparing to move across the country to Houston TX for his treatment that starts next week. I have to postpone my dream and my husband has to move and rebuild his business. But everyday we have our precious boy is a gift.
This experience has taught me to enjoy life day by day. The cliche sayings of "you aren't promised tomorrow", "everyday is a gift", and "live life to the fullest" are very true. I was always the one with a plan and three or four backup plans in case the first plan didn't work. Now I life in a constant state of uncertainty. But it has taught me what is important in life. It's not the nice cars, the big house, the perfect size. It's the smile on your child's face and the memories you remember forever.
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Member Since: 7/16/2007

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Fitness Minutes: 16,720

My Goals:
Short Term:
- eat more veggies and fruit
-eat less sugar
-do something relaxing each day to destress
-smile and enjoy every moment

Long term:
- Run a half marathon


My Program:
-keeping my calories between 1350-1600 daily
- eat organic 80-90% of the time
-drink 8-10 glasses of water daily
- get my 5 servings of fruit and veggies in everyday


Personal Information:
I have recently learned that life is to be lived and there is no need for regrets. I am not perfect and I can not control the future but I can control how I live in the present.

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CHICANA_PEACH
10/26/2008 7:46:56 PM

Hi there! Yes its so possible! I started off with the Body for Life program and let me tell you, its the best program that i have tried that actually worked for me! Also what made a difference is joining www.bodyforlife-tracker.com for accountability and support. Very friendly community. I couldn't have done it without the support and advice i received there :) You can buy the Body for Life book used on Ebay or Amazon. You can also buy it new at your local bookstore. Good luck to you! REACH FOR THE STARS!



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