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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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    Intermittent showers were forecast for today, but no thank you, no more rain, we’ve had more than enough this week. I want my Mediterranean weather back!
    3 days ago
    Thank you for reading my blog “Functional Fitness” and sharing your story.
    It did make me smile especially the part about the priest still talking.
    That unexpected episode was a great reminder for me to keep up both my mental and physical fitness as best as possible even after nearly three quarters of a century on this earth.

    6 days ago
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    Thanks for your nice comment on my blog. That's great that you've had success with amazon- I'm fine ordering online if it's not clothing, but I'm picky about fit, so clothing usually doesn't work for me unless I try before I buy. Also, not a big fan of paying shipping and then waiting for delivery on top of it. That's what was so nice about brick and mortar retail before any of this online shopping ever started. Fit was right and that was determined prior to purchase, no shipping costs, and no waiting. Better all around, as far as I'm concerned. It sounds like you've got some awesome skills and knowledge when it comes to gardening and canning! I've never canned pickles before. Sounds like yours were great!
    7 days ago
    emoticon for commenting on my blog--What did you want to be when you grew up emoticon I also wanted to be a mother--but found there was immense pain and no guarantees things would go well. Guess that is life.
    7 days ago
    Thank you for reading my blog “Take the time – thank you card 53 years late” and sharing your story. This past year has brought back so many memories of those who have helped me through the years. So important to thank them before it’s too
    "Bi-Ritual" I like that term. That was me too. Mom's family was Byzantine Roman Catholic and Dad's plain old Roman Catholic so I grew up in both worlds.
    The Byzantine "Mass" (called the Divine Liturgy) was always said in the language of the people. 1st service was in Slovak for the immigrant generation and the 2nd in English for their children and grandchildren.

    20 days ago
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