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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 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

    189 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.
    213 days ago
    Just checking in and hoping things are going better for you.
    223 days ago
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    Thank you for voting for Rachel! Voting ends on Saturday. I'm not sure what time. The final concerto round (on which she is playing - she's first up) is that afternoon, beginning at 4 PM Eastern time.

    They will announce the winners at the end of that concert. I'll be glued to the live feed!
    231 days ago
    Thank you so much for your supportive comments on my blog. I am praying for your son. And I am so impressed with your compassion toward others (I really was moved by your blog about intolerance toward obesity)
    263 days ago
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