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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 seventeen, 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 27, 24, and 17. 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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  • v BLITZEN44
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I have read that high fructose corn syrup is bad for you... that's why I put that it was "the silent killer" in my blog. lol I actually didn't know why it's bad for you though, and I certainly didn't know that the liver had to digest it. So thanks for shedding some light on that. I love learning new things from my spark friends! And you're right, cooking from scratch takes lots of time and energy and does generate a mess in the kitchen, but think of all the calories it burns! emoticon
    113 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    Thanks for your comment on my blog... and yes we're definitely "twinning" when it comes to our cleaning before company comes philosophies! Guess what? I still have a Christmas decoration out too (though we like to think of it as more of a *winter* decoration, ahem) Thankfully, my sons have been of great help today, so I think we're going to have the necessities thrown together before the crowd arrives. Hopefully we don't get snowed out and no one comes! Glad Danny had what sounds like a great party. Nothing more productive than the last minute! I'm sure I'll be scrambling around frantically at the final hour tomorrow getting things finished up, as is my usual custom. emoticon
    122 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    "When I was young, lalala, the world was new, and I could eat all the sugar, all the time." lol Thanks for your comment, you made me laugh. And laughter is probably the one thing I like in the world as much as sugar. :)
    123 days ago
    Thank you for the bloglove - It's so much fun to find someone who remembers Tiny Tears. And that you had a grandmother who made her clothes! Oh wonderful memories.

    All my childhood toys were given away in some sort of cathartic fit of my mother's after I grew up and left home. After sinking into the deep dark pit when my own son grew up and moved out, I was way more understanding of what she did but I still can't figure out why she didn't just put the stuff in the attic. ah well. there. we each of us has to wade through that morass in our own way.

    Besides - what was thrilling was passing the experience on to my granddaughter ... I will love mama forever for that one. Sigh. memories. love. sigh.

    146 days ago
    emoticon My heart goes out to you every time I read your page! Thank you for sharing your journey and that of your son's! What an inspiration you both are! emoticon God Bless you and may you continue to find the strength and peace of mind that you need to finish your race...
    155 days ago
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