MARYJEANSL
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June 24,2016 Twenty pounds down from the 2009 picture, but I can't even tell.



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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, not homeschooling anymore. I was. My baby, Danny, 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. After that year, he had three blessed, beautiful years of no evidence of cancer. That ended on March 15, 2019, when he had a seizure at school, which led to a diagnosis of relapsed, inoperable, terminal cancer. That relapse, in early 2019, was successfully treated with chemo that made the cancer disappear. It bought us a year of grace. That year ended in February of 2020, when an MRI showed that the cancer was back. There was really no treatment possible. My beautiful, beloved son Danny died of brain cancer on April 17, 2020, at home, holding his big brother's hand. He was 19 years old.

"If you get there before I do
Don't give up on me.
I'll meet you when my chores are through.
I don't know how long I'll be
But I'm not gonna let you down.
Danny wait and see.
And between now and then, till I see you again I'll be loving you.
Love, Me."


Daniel Neville Bruce Lowe
February 16th, 2001-April 17th, 2020





Member Since: 3/9/2009

Fitness Minutes: 0

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.


My Program:
I am trying to eat more fruits and vegetables, plus walking as much as I can without pain.



Personal Information:
I am originally an Army brat and have lived in quite a few places. Currently I am in Texas. I have three kids, ages 29, 26, and forever 19. My degrees are in chemistry, but in late years I have mostly been employed in child care.


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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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  • v BROOKLYN_BORN
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my “Hope” blog.
    DH & I know we have been very fortunate, especially to have found each other all those years ago.
    I await the day that the world returns to normal and I can cook that turkey for family.
    Be sure I WILL post a photo of that.

    3 hours ago
  • v BROOKLYN_BORN
    Thank you for your comment on my maintenance anniversary blog
    While I MIGHT have been able to lose the weight on my own, I NEVER could have maintained it without Spark and the support of the people here. Everyone I’ve met has contributed in some way to my success.
    The fashion industry does us no favors trying to make us feel good about ourselves by hiding reality and increasing their profits, of course.

    3 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    Thanks for the link to the article in my blog. I agree with it 100%!!! Happy Thanksgiving!
    3 days ago
  • v BROOKLYN_BORN
    Thank you for your comment on my blogs
    I was feeling a little down reimagining the holidays in our new normal.
    Then breaking my glasses and wearing an old prescription pair has reduced my online sparking time, but putting my feelings into words really did help.

    New glasses will be ready next week. Now I know why the Walmart lady was being so helpful in offering me safe options for picking them up. Today our Board of Supervisors is voting on a resolution to REQUIRE that NON MASKED people be admitted to stores and public areas. I feel like I am living in Crazyland. It's really awful to hear the comments that only those old or already sick will die. Like we are expendable. This is so so sad.

    All we can do is focus on health and safety, encourage others to do the same and hope for better times in 2021.

    6 days ago
  • v 2BDYNAMIC
    ...:::Thank you for commenting on my blog---Lord of the Wings" ... emoticon ... Did i ever get roasted for that one! lol
    9 days ago
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