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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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    Thank you for reading my blog and for your kind words.
    I really appreciate it

    1 day ago
    Thank you for the Goodie.
    I wish I could reach through the computer screen and give you a hug. All I can do is offer prayers that events turn around and the stress lessens. emoticon

    3 days ago
    Thank you for reading my blog and for your kind words. Staying connected with Spark even a little bit while traveling helped me make good choices.
    9 days ago
    Here is a hug and a rope to hold on to as you skirt the edge of that bad place. I was touched and even surprised at the people who responded to that blogpost of mine - how many successful, bright, inspiring people here on Spark - who also know the slough of despond. In a way it's good - because it means I'm neither an outlying wierdo, nor alone in this fight. But in a way it's bad to think so many fine people hurt like this. Well. pain just comes with the territory called life, I guess.

    I hope you stay up here on the sunny plane - at least most of the time.
    16 days ago
    I don't know what your personal journey is right now, but I've just said a prayer for you. I know you too have the power to fight and believe in the healing power of God. He gives us trials for a reason but He never leaves us alone in the fight.
    27 days ago
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