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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.

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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 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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    Thank you SO much for all the information!! Yes, I would love more information about your friend. As for my doctor even mentioning the no starch diet, I have not even seen my doctor for close to three years!! ... He does not see that many patients per day but instead has his patients see a nurse practitioner. I have not yet met with one provider who is concerned if interested in AS, and the things they are not familiar with!- They referred you to a specialist like a rheumatologist within their organization. Once again, last year I had a consultation with a rheumatologist and he immediately started me on meloxicam and then wanted me to start receiving infusions which are incredibly expensive, but also the liver has to be monitored frequently with blood tests as it can cause problems. I chose not to--and when I asked if he was sure this would help---and how---he could not answer. (I did not go back). Not once did he or any of the providers mention diet or things to eat or things to avoid! Their objective is to get you started on a costly regime, and of course he would become a frequent return patient which means more emoticon in their pockets and less in mine! ( I worked in the healthcare profession for over 40 years and I can tell you firsthand it is big business!).
    I would certainly be open to giving that diet a consideration, especially when my pain level is present every day. ..... ( As for any other health matters, , not both doctors I have seen and worked for rarely ever discussed nutrition or healthy eating plans. ( Most all I have ever known are there to prescribe)..... sorry I did not mean to write a novel but yes I would love to hear more and from your friend definitely.
    ( I would love to stay in touch and therefore I am adding you as a friend and hope that's okay)... Thank you so much for your concern and for reading my blogs!
    4 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/22/2019 3:51:21 PM
    emoticon for your comment on my blog .. and actually, I am not familiar with the 'no starch' diet, guess I should look into that. Thanks much; I appreciate the support.
    4 days ago
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    Thanks for your comment on my blog. You resisted not one, but an entire TABLE full of desserts...YOU are amazing! emoticon emoticon
    11 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    I like your idea on my cookie blog. Especially the part about my family getting mad if I ate their snack. It made me giggle...thanks!
    14 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    Thanks for your comments! It sounds like you were famished after a major workout and the bigger meal was needed to replenish your energy! And I can relate with the out of shape thing...went for a brisk walk with my oldest today (we finally go sun- yay!) and actually got a little out of breath. I felt pathetic, but all the more reason to keep doing it for me. emoticon
    15 days ago
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