MARYJEANSL   78,598
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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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Member Since: 3/9/2009

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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
7/6/2014 2:20:34 PM

I have read a lot of books about the Appalachian Trail by people who did it over the past year or two. At one time I thought about it too. But I don't think I'll ever do it now either, and I also decided the temps are too extreme between start and finish and I don't want that. But now it's too long and hard anyway. But we can dream! Nice that you live to close to a part of it! I read in one place where you used to live in TX and that's where I live now. In the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area. 9 million people here I'm told and I came from southern New Mexico with a town that had about 15,000 people and the whole county about 30,000! Big difference! And so much flatter here!




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7/6/2014 2:10:30 PM

I just thought it was so amazing what Devils Postpile was like, both how straight and tall it is and how smooth on the top. It really is amazing!
Hope you are setting back into a more normal life since you don't have to spend so much time at the hospital. Have a great rest of your Sunday and week ahead!



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BROOKLYN_BORN
6/29/2014 8:41:36 AM

Like you it was thriftiness that kept me using my old phone. I got a very minimal data plan now so I'll be connected in case of another Internet outage. Satellite Internet out here in the country is unreliable. Also the phone was free, always a plus.



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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

Uh oh... if being cynical decreases life span, I better get my affairs in order and start wishing my spark friends goodbye... emoticon



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