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 1CRAZYDOG
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    Why is it that so few people view themselves w/a sense of wonder . . . awe . . . enchantment? It is the result of the socially-induced delusion of “not quite good enough”. Sara Maria
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    10 hours ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    What?! No sane chicken brain? lol They really don't have much material to work with if you think about it...their brains are probably smaller than a cherry. It's a miracle they work well enough just to support breathing, eating and walking. Expecting much more may not be sane on my part... But alas, hope springs eternal!
    4 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    I take pictures with my phone. I post blogs from my PC (too uncomfortable to type on the tiny phone keyboard more than just a quick text. I could probably figure out how to attach my phone to my computer and upload pictures (in fact I've done it) but I'm not a fan of the extra time it takes so I'm skipping it. The shanty town coop add-on is quite a site though...probably not something I'd proud share even if was effortless. lol
    5 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    Thanks for your comment. Hope you have a great week with lots of healing and happiness! emoticon
    6 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. Glad you came through surgery okay and are in the recovery stage now. As far as eating goes, I think you get a free pass to do whatever you want during this stage. After all, you need sustenance to recover quickly and well!
    10 days ago
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