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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.

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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 the link to the article in my blog. I agree with it 100%!!! Happy Thanksgiving!
    100 days ago
    emoticon and thank you for posting on my blog! .. emoticon Now here's to a good weekend! (i appreciate your comment about a study done--and the hard working janitors---So often it is those behind the scenes that get little recognition!)
    111 days ago
  • v HAYBURNER1969
    Your comment on my “Really?” blog was exactly the kind of story I was talking about. Clever lady!!
    113 days ago
    ...:::I appreciate your comment on my blog --About the 60's … emoticon the good ol days! ... How I would love to have all that energy again!. Thanks for sharing things about yourself too especially about the little boy that said 'what he said' … and thought it was perfectly fine--lol. Out of the mouth of babes right? … I seriously thought my parents were "middle aged" when they were under forty!!! I remember the LOOK I got from my mother after making that statement!! Oh boy! … lol …...Aw well---we survived! Thanks again!

    Almost forgot---thank you for the beautiful compliment … (I usually wore my hair down with far less hair spray--lol)
    114 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/11/2020 7:09:52 PM
    Thank you for your meaningful comment on my blog. I really appreciate your support.
    Dad told me once that no one was interested in looking at his pictures. I think he would be pleased to know people are looking at them now.
    The 101st Airborne was instrumental in so many victories. It was probably difficult for your father to keep a journal. Dad's brothers in foxholes with the army didn't keep a record either.
    117 days ago
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