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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.

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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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    Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog.
    Not many people know the word Ruthenian. I didn’t until 2006 when I discovered that what I knew as the “Russian” church was Rusyn or Ruthenian. Last Sunday the Liturgy was in English with only one part of the chant in Old Slavonic. Where we live now all Catholics are only 1% of the population. No Ruthenian churches within hundreds of miles.

    We learned the story of Kady Brownell on our drive home when we stopped at the Army Museum in Carlisle, PA (near Gettysburg).

    2706 days ago
    That is true. I now can easily pass up donuts and cake..most high sugar foods. However, I can get carried away with Indian food. Everyone has their own triggers. Thanks for your support on my blog.

    I homeschooled 4 kids who are all in graduate school now. It was the best thing that I have ever done.

    2731 days ago
    Thanks for your comments. It looks like they will have to end up by surgically removing the baby teeth after the braces, and then try to pull the adult teeth into place. If it doesn't work and there is a possibility of that then we go more surgery and implants. Sheesh! Hope you guys are doing better...parenting sure ain't for sissies!
    2792 days ago
    I am so happy that things are going so much better for your family now. I have a 12 year old son myself and I felt my heart breaking with every new post. I'm looking for Sunny Days for you soon!
    2801 days ago
    emoticon so much for your kind and encouraging comment on my 'Fighting the beast' blog. It meant a lot to me!

    I learned English at school, but I was lucky to be able to practice it with English friends as early as my teenage years. Then I moved to England for work (4 years), and it helped improve my English. You made my day, thank you! :)
    2825 days ago
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