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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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    Thanks for updating me on the root veggie experience! Since I'm not a big fan of celery, but have found that eating turnips aren't sans sugar, I may just try the kohlrabi soon!
    And thank you for your condolences for my uncle.
    Have a super-great day!
    2934 days ago
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    Thanks for the comment on my Dirty Girl Mud Run 5k blog! So sorry to hear about your brother calling you fatso all of those years. I am the youngest of five and got that from 3 of my siblings. I will never understand why people are so cruel. HUGS!
    3009 days ago
    I'm really glad it helped. I was hoping it would be helpful. I was pretty glum last year on my birthday when no one would go with me but i had such a nice day that I decided from now on I'll make my own plans. As it turned out though, they didn't know it was my birthday and felt really bad about not going. Since then, most times when I ask them, they go lol
    3032 days ago
  • v NIXY72
    Thanks for cheering on my garden in my latest blog! I only wish I could share all the produce with you... I mean, who in their right mind plants 24 heritage tomato plants and 32 hot pepper plants?? It looks like we'll be booking "Salsa-Fest" for this fall. I see a lot of canning in our future...

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    3112 days ago
  • v BERGBA7
    Thanks for passing by at my blog! Yes, I think you are right. Big cities have many grocery stores and the smaller the town the less stores. That is similar in Belgium, but I guess because the country is so small and so populated, we just have at least on of these stores in every small village/town. This makes it easier to just go and by fresh food every day if you want to.
    Have a great weekend!
    3220 days ago
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