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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.

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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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  • v BLITZEN44
    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
    104 days ago
    Thank you for sharing the article. Very sad and seems oh so petty that the landlord would raise the rent 40% that is definitely insane.

    Our landlords don't do much to help us out. They figure there will always be someone to rent the space. With the economy looking the way it is..they should be giving us a credit..but they are too clueless to know what small biz owners are really going through.

    Thanks so much my friend, you help me know I'm not alone in this crazy situation.
    123 days ago
    Hello new sparky friend! Wow...raising anyone's rent by 40% is insanely greedy! We used to be commercial land owners and had 4 tenants in our commercial space. Coming up the hard way with our own self employed biz we actually gave them a little discount on their monthly rent during the dog days of summer here in FL when nothing is going on.

    Guess that goes to show why the hubs and I are STILL working...most business people have to be a whole lot more hard hearted to be sucessful. We just are not that kind of people. We finally sold the property because we got 'the tenant from he**' in one of our spaces. He was so awful all we did was go back and forth with lawyers. YUK...what a horrible experience.

    Thanks for your comment and I'm sorry your little restaurant had to close. That is so very sad to me. emoticon

    I'm also in awe of all of the strength you have in home schooling your children and taking such good care of your son. We lost our one and only brilliant son when he was only 22 about 2 weeks before his 23rd birthday. He was our universe so with that loss his dad and I have survived by being strong and doing the best we can to support other parents and humanity in general. Nothing is more important than family...nothing at all.

    Hugs to you my new friend! emoticon
    124 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/14/2018 8:53:30 PM
  • v BLITZEN44
    Thanks for the onion soup crock pot recipe. My oldest loves that stuff so I'll definitely be making it for him when he comes home to visit next time. With the salsa chicken recipe sometimes I add a tablespoon or two of taco seasoning and it gives it quite a bit more flavor.
    128 days ago
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