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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.

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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
    Thanks for your comment. How lovely to get a free manicure! I hear the gel polish with the topcoats do last much longer than the standard polishes. Hope you have a happy Easter weekend! emoticon
    10 days ago
    Thank you for reading my blog “Rest and Come Back Stronger.
    We were back paddling our canoe 3 days later. Definitely increased peace of mind, but our area vax rate is only 45% with hundreds of doses going unused. Denial and conspiracy theories are strong around here. I hope the doses will be redirected to other areas.

    10 days ago
    Thank you for reading my blog “The Right Stuff” and sharing your story.
    My feet were so bad that as a child I wore steel "arch supports" in my saddle shoes.
    Made me a great kickball player. Of course, I hit that ball with several pounds of steel that no one knew about.
    Getting orthotics in the mid 90s has made all the difference. The key is to find an orthopedist who really knows what they are doing and contracts with places who make the thing that are as capable as they are.

    17 days ago
    ..::::Thank you for commenting on my blog-.. emoticon ..You Don't Know What You've Got Til It's Gone." ..My condolences to you in your loss---It is never easy.
    17 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. We've all had a popped button before, and remember, it's not necessarily indicative of an ill fitting garment...more often it's just that the button is loose! (That's what I've always told myself anyway emoticon ) Have a nice weekend and here's hoping for a lovely spring in your neck of the woods!
    17 days ago
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