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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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  • v BLITZEN44
    Ditto on the hearing and the oatmeal! And with that said, I personally APPRECIATE a loud talker. Especially with these ridiculous masks. When people wearing them talk, it sounds like they are eating muffins! emoticon
    37 days ago
    Thanks for reading my blog.
    Still haven’t found my missing flask, but the memories lifted my spirits
    I think time travelers from the future are taking our stuff as souvenirs
    My SyFy nature is showing. LOL

    37 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    Thanks for your comment. My mom actually taught my oldest to knit and crochet...I think she may have tried to teach me once too but it didn't take. My oldest seemed to have exceptional eye hand coordination from day one and a brain that was very conceptual, so he took to it right away without any problem at all. I'm glad she was able to at least pass some of her handiwork skills down to one of us! I fear I was a bit of a disappointment in that department.
    40 days ago
    Thanks for reading my blog. It's still quite warm here - in the 70s during the day. I prefer being outside. My allergies require special attention though. After extended time outside I leave my "outside clothes" in the laundry room and immediately shower to avoid spreading the allergens throughout the house. Then for short bursts of exercise I stay inside. I love nature but am allergic to most of it all year round.
    41 days ago
    emoticon For commenting on recent blogs! ...😊 ...Here's to a good new week coming up!
    44 days ago
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