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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
    Thanks for your comment! I think you may have a faulty Instapot! I mean with that particular appliance, you just put the ingredients in, turn it on and walk away, right? Just like a crockpot? If so, and you did what you were supposed to do on your end with the Buttered Chicken recipe, it shouldn't have burnt it. How dare Instapot give you such high hopes with such a delicious sounding recipe only to crush them!!! Burning it up like that and putting your very life at risk as well with a potential house fire! I'd be writing a strongly worded letter to Instapot demanding reparations. Okay, okay, I'm joking, but still I would be a little annoyed if my crock pot pulled something like that on me. Glad you at least got some of the chicken and that it was good. emoticon
    7 hours ago
  • v PINKGIRL23
    Will be praying for you my friend.
    I am here for you...
    Sending you lots of hugs and love from GA.
    Your friend in Jesus. Holly emoticon
    3 days ago
  • v PINKGIRL23
    Hello how are you?
    How is your family doing?
    Just wanting to check in with you...
    Have a great day my friend. Holly
    4 days ago
  • v BLITZEN44
    Cats are easy and they provide just the right amount of company without being too needy. Get a kitty! Especially if you've had one before and don't mind the litter box too much. I would love a cat but I can't do the boxes. They are such great pets though. So soft sweet and purrrfect! emoticon
    18 days ago
  • v PINKGIRL23
    Thank you.
    I will call and see if they do.
    Hope that you are doing well.

    19 days ago
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