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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.

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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    Thank you for your comment on my blog. In this era of biggest loser and fast results, gradualism doesn’t get enough attention or credit. That "strength training" guy used to consider himself quite an expert about what everyone else should do.
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    "Down with jeans!" Very punny! If yoga pants looked half as good tucked into a pair of tall boots, all my jeans would be long gone. emoticon
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    David Thorne is another good internet humorist. Not for sensitive types who are easily offended though. He's got a bit of a mouth on him, not unlike HAAH girl, and he likes using his creative wit to mess with people. Anyway, he was another one I read straight through, non-stop. Filled my laugh tank to the top. The guy's a punk, but he's hilarious!
    2414 days ago
    Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog about my mom and Alzheimer's!
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    Yep, discovered Hyperbole and a Half a couple years ago and read everything she wrote from start to finish in one sitting. Her stuff is awesome! Last time I read her though, she had stopped to take a break to write her book so I hadn't seen any of her newer blogs. Thanks for the heads up on where to find some fresh laughs! emoticon
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