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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 now eighteen, 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. Now every day with him is even more precious than before.

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 29, 26, and 18. 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
    I'm sorry Danny was hospitalized! I hope he is doing better now. About a week ago the local hospital here did an outreach calling for volunteers with sewing machines to make a million masks. Prior to that, they had a small group of people making face shields out of office supplies. I'm hearing that a big part of the reason masks are so scarce is that when anyone goes to get a Covid19 test, they have to assume they are infected and issue them a mask even when it's very possible they are not infected. So that depletes the supply very quickly. The drive through testing sites where the patient doesn't even leave the car will help with this, but won't be up and running for a few more weeks at best. It's a scary time to be anywhere near a hospital right now. Hope Danny is well enough to stay home for at least the next few weeks!
    8 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    When this whole thing started in Washington, the prediction from the surgeon general was that if we really cracked down, we could have the pandemic under control in 2 months. That would have meant by somewhere in the beginning of April. He said if we carry on as if nothing is happening and let it fly, it will continue on as long as a year. That said, I am guessing that we will probably be at least on the downhill run in 4 months and have it taken care of in 6. There are many who are really trying to do the right thing where I live now by staying in. Probably about 25% of the population is still being stupid and going out unnecessarily and they are the ones spreading it. Because of them, our timeline will be stretched out longer than it has to be and more people will get sick and die. Anyway, this is just my guess based on what I'm seeing and what we've been told.

    I do hope things with Danny improve soon. Keep us posted. emoticon
    10 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    Hahaha! And here I thought I'd learned a new word that I could use to describe myself! A pantry is not nearly as funny, but definitely more PC. emoticon
    28 days ago
    Hi---Just re-read some posts on my blog where announced my book. You asked where the link is on Amazon for the book---I did not share it as Sparks prohibits advertising per se. But as you asked, You can go to Amazon---and put in search---'It Happened at Dawn" … By Shanna Lee James (I wrote using a pen name). There are a few reviews I am happy to see. Anyway, if you need more, let me know. It is also on Balboa Press Bookstore--(put title in) . Glad you asked!
    36 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    I WISH my knee was healed. No such luck..I'm still the middle of the winter skirt wearing pioneer woman. I'm just finally choosing to focus on something I can control because at the rate this thing is healing I'll easily be 20 pounds down before it's better. I figure I don't need to be carrying extra weight, have a bad knee, AND have to wear long billowy skirts. 2 of the 3 is plenty. I've that losing weight slowly is ideal, and it sounds like your weight loss journey has proven that. I wonder if that's partly because if you take your time to lose it those eating choices become habitual and thereby keep you at your new set point. So committing to new, healthier habits looks like the key. I was hoping there was an easier key. lol
    46 days ago
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