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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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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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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 for your comment on my "Your Path can be Smooth or Rocky but It's Still Yours!" blog. I had no idea it would resonate with so many people but I'm so glad it did. I found myself needing to reread my own words today. We're all just works in progress aren't we? emoticon
    5 days ago
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    Thanks for your comment. From what I can tell, having your adult kids live at home is normal now. Both of mine do and will at least until college is complete and they find paid work sufficient to support themselves comfortably and that usually takes a while after graduation. Even then, seems almost silly to move out unless they get married and people are getting married later and later now, if at all. You've still got one under 18 as well, and my thought is if one is under 18, they all get their pic done together for the Christmas card. (Yes, I'm THAT mom) In your case, I'm sure that everyone wants to hear that Danny is in good health but also care just as much about your older kids too. I know I do, and I'm just a spark friend! emoticon
    5 days ago
    emoticon Hey there. Thanks for leaving some bloglove. And glad you liked the image. Every once in a while I feel the need to explain about the right and left brains - because so many people think the devil icon is something that's trying to lead me astray when really it's just the emotional side of me. Glad you enjoyed.
    6 days ago
    ….::Thank you for your post on my "Instant Gratification" blog! … emoticon Oops--Just saw I thanked you two days ago. My bad!
    7 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/8/2018 6:04:16 PM
  • v BLITZEN44
    Thanks for your comment. As it turns out, no AK for me this winter though...which may be for the best, as I'm not a super awesome driver in the snow. Plus, it's Christmas, and I really do have a lot here I SHOULD be doing. Clearly, hanging out on SP tops the list! emoticon
    8 days ago
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