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June 24,2016 Twenty pounds down from the 2009 picture, but I can't even tell.

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I am a Catholic homeschooling mom of three beautiful kids - well, the oldest two have finished college, so only my baby, Danny, is still homeschooled. Danny, who is now eighteen, 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. Now every day with him is even more precious than before.

I myself am a breast cancer survivor, and I have degenerative arthritis in my hip, which makes walking painful. Other than that, I am pretty healthy, for which I am extremely grateful.

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, at least for a while. I have three kids, ages 29, 26, and 18. My degrees are in chemistry, but at the moment I am concentrating on trying to get Danny through relapse treatment and all that that entails.

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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
    I WISH my knee was healed. No such luck..I'm still the middle of the winter skirt wearing pioneer woman. I'm just finally choosing to focus on something I can control because at the rate this thing is healing I'll easily be 20 pounds down before it's better. I figure I don't need to be carrying extra weight, have a bad knee, AND have to wear long billowy skirts. 2 of the 3 is plenty. I've that losing weight slowly is ideal, and it sounds like your weight loss journey has proven that. I wonder if that's partly because if you take your time to lose it those eating choices become habitual and thereby keep you at your new set point. So committing to new, healthier habits looks like the key. I was hoping there was an easier key. lol
    7 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. Hope Danny is feeling better today! emoticon
    14 days ago
  • v JOMAMA
    Sending prayers...
    39 days ago
    I blog about every other day. It helps me to focus on what I'm grateful for in life.

    Just read your info. So sorry to hear that your son has cancer. I will be praying for you and Danny.
    40 days ago
  • v WILDKAT781
    just read your page information. Will be praying
    43 days ago
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