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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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Building This Bridge for Them

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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LINDAKAY228
6/27/2014 5:26:53 PM

Thanks for the comments on my pictures. I take them mainly for me but have fun doing it. I also delete a lot ha ha. I love zoos! There are 2 near me and I've been to each about 3 times. Right not it's pretty hot though so I haven't been since I got back from CA. I moved into my own apartment when I got back instead of staying at my son's place any longer. I had to go there when I got out of the hospital but now is the time for me to go forward! I don't do well living in someone else's place anyway! I still have pictures from 4 days of Yosemite and a day of Mammoth Lake when I was with my friend in CA I haven't had time to post yet. And I think that's the end of my vacations LOL. I couldn't have done this one if she didn't pay most of it for me, including using her frequent flyer miles to fly me there and back. I love hearing from you!



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BLITZEN44
6/6/2014 4:07:57 PM

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LINDAKAY228
5/28/2014 12:29:25 PM

I am glad you are reading and enjoying my blogs. Don't know if I'll ever get to do something like this again so I'm soaking it up!

I read the one yesterday about Danny too but was too tired to comment then. I hope he gets over the reaction soon and so glad that otherwise he's in remission! Can't wait to here that he's cured one day (I know they have to wait 5 years but I'm so happy for him!)



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LINDAKAY228
5/14/2014 12:50:13 PM

Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. I guess we each have our own cross to carry or whatever but when I see what you go through with your child it makes my problems seem so much smaller. You are an awesome mom to deal with all that. But as I said when my kids were young and I was supporting them by myself, went to school with 5 kids, worked, etc and people told me I was amazing I just said I did what I felt I had to do and the only other choice was to give up completely, which wasn't an option. So I guess that's what we're both doing. We're doing what has to be done. I still think you and Danny are awesome though!



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SIMPLELIFE4REAL
5/6/2014 10:18:15 AM

Thanks for your comment on my "Sunday Selfie" blog. I agree with you that my hair is most likely to be curly for a while as it comes in.

I see you are going through much bigger issues these days than BC with Danny's cancer. I know you are so glad to be getting close to the end of his treatment. What a long, long road for both of you!

Hugs,
Kay



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