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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

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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. 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 BLITZEN44
    Yikes! I didn't know skunks harassed chickens. My girls are fully enclosed in their run so not much will be getting to them unless they bring wire cutters. Mice are about the biggest thing that can get in and they just go for the food at night (which we bring in) so I think we should be okay. But I agree with you (and my youngest) that poor chickens seem to have nothing but predators on this earth. Which makes you kind of want to protect them all the more!
    2 days ago
    Thank you for reading my blog.
    Joe & I plan to increase our time kayaking/canoeing gradually. So glad I realized my runkeeper app works out on the water too, so I can track how far we’ve gone.

    3 days ago
    Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog.
    The family puzzles are serving a triple purpose.
    Keeping my brain engaged while remembering the past and hoping for a return to travel.
    Puzzles were sure easier with help. Now I need a magnifying glass for some of those tiny pieces.
    I've never done anything with 2000 pieces. Be sure to save it once completed or at least take a picture of it. That accomplishment should be documented.

    7 days ago
  • v WILDKAT781
    thank you for your awesome comments on my blogs! I really appreciate your taking your time for me!
    9 days ago
    Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog about Thumper! ... emoticon Funny how an adorable little rabbit leaves a message that is timeless for all ages!
    9 days ago
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