MARYJEANSL
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June 24,2016 Twenty pounds down from the 2009 picture, but I can't even tell.



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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, not homeschooling anymore. I was. My baby, Danny, 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. After that year, he had three blessed, beautiful years of no evidence of cancer. That ended on March 15, 2019, when he had a seizure at school, which led to a diagnosis of relapsed, inoperable, terminal cancer. That relapse, in early 2019, was successfully treated with chemo that made the cancer disappear. It bought us a year of grace. That year ended in February of 2020, when an MRI showed that the cancer was back. There was really no treatment possible. My beautiful, beloved son Danny died of brain cancer on April 17, 2020, at home, holding his big brother's hand. He was 19 years old.

"If you get there before I do
Don't give up on me.
I'll meet you when my chores are through.
I don't know how long I'll be
But I'm not gonna let you down.
Danny wait and see.
And between now and then, till I see you again I'll be loving you.
Love, Me."


Daniel Neville Bruce Lowe
February 16th, 2001-April 17th, 2020





Member Since: 3/9/2009

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My Goals:
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.


My Program:
I am trying to eat more fruits and vegetables, plus walking as much as I can without pain.



Personal Information:
I am originally an Army brat and have lived in quite a few places. Currently I am in Texas. I have three kids, ages 29, 26, and forever 19. My degrees are in chemistry, but in late years I have mostly been employed in child care.


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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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  • v BLITZEN44
    I would definitely recommend getting a dog. I saw lots of rescues coming from Texas for some reason so maybe they are more abundant and reasonably priced there. My girls should start laying at about 7 or 8 months old. I'm in no rush for the eggs. They will be a nice bonus whenever they happen. It looks like most layer feed is heavily supplemented with calcium, but the crushed eggshell trick is good to know. Right now, Bev is such a bully I'm concerned they might have given me a Bob! Agnes is a little aggressive toward the smaller chicks too and those two look like they might be ready to fly the coop. Good luck on the puppy hunt and keep us posted. Babies are the best!
    6 days ago
  • v 1BEARWIFE
    I love the letter you wrote him!
    17 days ago
  • v 1BEARWIFE
    I am so very sorry to learn of Danny’s passing. My daughter went through incurable brain cancer, and went through similar tragedies. I know how you are dealing with the loss. Developing a life has been quite the mystery, but I am making progress.
    17 days ago
  • v OKBACK2MEAGAIN
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    Ready for a challenge this Summer? The BL Challenge is there for you! We have ten teams that compete with each other in Fitness and Nutrition Challenges designed your promote positive lifestyle changes, and of course weight loss. There are different challenges each week for the duration of the challenge. Support and encouragement are a important aspect of the smaller individual teams. The larger team also gives you a chance to congratulate and get to know members from other teams. After all we are all in this together and together we are stronger. emoticon To join the challenge you can click on my username and then either click on the Blue Biggest Loser Icon, or leave me a message, or use this URL https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups
    _individual.asp?gid=25339 or use the search and search for “Biggest Loser Spring Challenge ALL Teams”. Once there join and add your name to the waitlist that is one the thread below the Spring into Fitness ~ Chit Chat thread.

    Teresa,
    BL Challenge Admin
    26 days ago
  • v 2BDYNAMIC
    I just read your blog of today and yesterday, and am deeply touched that in your pain, you took the time to read two of my blogs. How very sweet of you-----and though you say we are pretty different, that is ok----I have not been going through what you have been through. Sending much love and compassion to you. emoticon
    28 days ago
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