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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 30, 27, and forever 19. My degrees are in chemistry, but in late years I have mostly been employed in child care.

Other Information:
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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    ..::: emoticon .::::I appreciate your thoughts on my ME Time blog emoticon Wishing you well and sending happy vibes your way! ...(Good luck with your new job!)
    11 days ago
    Thank you for reading my blog about my rather unusual Christmas gifts
    They are exactly what I needed on this very unusual holiday season
    That bird feeder is a gift that will keep on “giving” for long time both to me and to the birdies

    We have an athletic squirrel like yours. We say he is ready for the Olympics. He just never gave up. He would fall short over and over and land on the ground and try again until he got onto that feeder. Yeah, at that point, let me eat.
    16 days ago
    Thank you for reading my blog – Celebrations this year have really changed
    I know the decorations that Danny loved will be a comfort to you.
    Let us all have hope that 2021 will mark a return to normalcy.

    31 days ago
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    Last Hurrah eating is the best! The only bad thing about it is that it comes to an end too soon. SO EXCITED for Henry! Is he going to wrap it up and do it on Christmas day? I can't wait to hear all about it!
    47 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    Thanks for the link to the article in my blog. I agree with it 100%!!! Happy Thanksgiving!
    52 days ago
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