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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

My mom, my daughter, and me, with my older son in the background. Christmas 2009


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I am a Catholic homeschooling mom of three beautiful kids - well, the oldest has finished college and is working now and the second is in college, so only my baby is left at home with me (except in the summers). My baby, Danny, who is fifteen, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma (brain cancer) in March of 2013. Since then he has undergone two major 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 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 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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  • v PAULA4372
    Hi Mary. We have much in common. I also am breast Cancer survivor. 8 yrs clear so far.Both my hips replaced. My youngest son just diagnosed with colon Cancer. He is 44. Treatment starts chemo + radiation 1st wk of July. Trying to lose 75#. Hugs.
    29 days ago
    Thanks for the washing machine info. I went to the store expecting to just buy something right then, but when I didn't even recognize the washer innards, I decided to investigate further. There were no old style non HE machines displayed although I've learned that there are still a few models available.
    I've got some breathing room since DH's temporary fix (replacing worn springs on the drum) is holding so far. I haven't tried towels yet. I may use every towel in the house before I test the spin cycle with something that heavy.
    54 days ago
    emoticon Still praying! emoticon
    75 days ago
    Thinking of you .... emoticon emoticon
    79 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    I'm not in style either. I should have replaced the phrase "in style" in my blog with "not blaringly out of style" or "what might be considered neutral or marginally acceptable by today's style standards". (ie: no flower power white polyester daisy printed bell bottoms are currently hanging in my When it comes to clothes my goal is just to blend in and avoid criticism. And if I could get away with wearing T-shirts and jeans to work I would. You're lucky! And I think you're smart for wearing your clothes out before you buy new. That's what they're meant for and you probably save a ton of money.
    92 days ago
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