MARYJEANSL   74,175
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Me with two of my dearest friends and my brother-in-law, June 2010





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 getting ready to throw a snowball!



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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 thirteen, 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 has finished all his treatments and is officially in remission. Hooray! ...
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 thirteen, 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 has finished all his treatments and is officially in remission. Hooray!

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.

I pretty much put myself and my goals (and a lot of Danny's schoolwork, too!) on hold while he was being treated. Now that he has finished, I feel that I have a lot of catching up to do, in the area of getting in shape as well as getting him caught up academically. Onward and upward!
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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.

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Right now I am just 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. Right now I am in Texas, at least for a while. I have three kids, ages 23, 20, and 13. My degrees are in chemistry, but right now I am concentrating on getting Danny caught up with his academic work after cancer treatment.

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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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SIMPLELIFE4REAL
7/21/2014 1:23:30 PM

I had neoadjuvant chemo because my breast cancer was triple negative and it had already gotten to my lymph nodes at the time of diagnosis. That makes me at high risk for recurrence. By doing chemo first, they were able to tell if the chemo worked or if I needed more.



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BLITZEN44
7/16/2014 10:01:58 PM

There are just some tests I will never do. No matter how old I get. ;) I don't have a genetic predisposition for colon cancer so there's absolutely no way anyone will ever get me in for that one...I don't care how hard anyone tries to sell it to me.

I've actually reached the point where I won't even go to the doctor any more. I'm kind of like a grumpy old man when it comes to that. lol Good luck with your procedure!



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GRANJERRY1
7/13/2014 9:57:48 PM

Thank you my dear child for stopping by my blog and the appreciative comments.....

Just read your page and you are simply awesome..... My prayers for you and your family especially your little sonny boy.....

Hugs, Prayers & Blessings
Mani



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IMLOCOLINDA
7/8/2014 2:04:48 AM

Saw your comment on Shelli's page about your French Onion Soup so just wanted to share that you can put all your onions in a crock pot and leave them and they will magically caramelize in about 8 hours. I prep them and put them on when I leave for work and come home to beautiful onions!



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LINDAKAY228
7/6/2014 7:09:08 PM

I'm sorry I misunderstood. I think it was on yesterday's blog I was confused (happens to me easily!) I thought you said you grew up in TX but lived in Penn now but I guess it was the other way around. Oh well, anyway at one time we both wanted to hike that trail!



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