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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, the oldest two have finished college, so only my baby, Danny, is still homeschooled. Danny, who is seventeen, 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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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, at least for a while. I have three kids, ages 27, 24, and 17. 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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    Happy Birthday Month, oh September Grrrrrrl.

    Now on to the de-cluttering part !
    15 days ago
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    16 days ago
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    Wow, executing the estate sounds like a huge job. I read about this thing called "Swedish Death Cleaning" where you clean your house as if you were preparing to pass and get rid of everything you don't want your loved ones to have to rummage through. I thought, "I should do that." And did I? lol No. Good luck with everything. Hope there is someone there to help so you don't have to do this all on your own. emoticon
    53 days ago
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    Thanks for the congrats. I was saddened to read of your loss in June. I hope you find comfort in the good memories. It sounds like she was a wonderful lady.
    65 days ago
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    Thank you for your support on my blogs. Glad to know I wasn't the only one who wasn't 100% perfect on Easter! That said, I can say that the 50% off Easter candy hasn't been nearly as interesting to me as it has been in the past. Baby steps! emoticon
    173 days ago
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