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+ .... :I(U [ays PATHOLOGICAL Local doctor behnd new thyroid testing, eliminating unnecessary surgeries. - Page 1g March 20, 2013 * Page 1C BUDA BITS "urry over to Buda Grocery & Grill for that great hamburger be- fore April 1! This is not an April Fool's joke, the announce- ment was made this week that the building has been sold to investors and therefore the fire will go out on the grill. Stay tuned for possible new options for our Buda Grocery friends. The old Don-Mar Motor Court sign that once guided motorists to the South Con- gress courts has now found a new home at Crestview RV in Buda. The sign now stands among owner Don Lougheed's classic cars collection. Drop by not only to shop for RV's but to also look at the great old cars of the past. The Buda Farmers Market will be back starting Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. until See BUDA BITS, pg. 2B CHECK IT OUT Did you know that you can customize your library account online? To sign in to your account, go to and click the "Login to your account" link in the right- hand column. Enter your card number and phone number and click the "Log In" button. Then, click the "My Account" button to bring tip details about your account. Once you have signed in, there are several things you can do. You can add a phone number or email address and change how you're notified. A great thing about our system is that you can choose to get an email or a text message as opposed to having to walt for us to call you! Just make sure the cell phone number or email account you want to use is entered in the Basic Information section at the top. Then, you can select it in the Notification Options section. Another thing you can do once you're signed in is see what is checked out on your account. It will show you when it's due and gives you the option to renew the item. You can also use the library's online resources, such as databases on a wide variety of subjects with the TexShare Databases, take online classes with Universal Class, or get ready for the SAT and other tests with ePrep. To watch videos about how to use some of the library's great resources go to www. search and click the "Instruc- tionalVideos" link. There's so many ways to connect with the world at the Buda Public Library. PHOTO BY DAVID DULAK Glynda DeLong of Kyle (center) has a big hope that rasearchers will find a cure for cancer, though it might be too late for her. DeLong has breast cancer for the second time. It's now stage 4 and has spread to her bones, lungs, spine, ribs and brain. She's not giving up the fight just yet, though. Cancer not any easier second time around BY KIM HILSENBECK Glynda DeLong of Kyle has been living with cancer since 1997. After doctors found a 1.7 cm tumor during a base- line mammogram when she was 39, she had surgery to remove it. But it had spread into her lymphatic system - which can be a:sneaky place for cancer to hide. For a time, her breast cancer went into remission thanks to chemotherapy and radiation treatments, as well as a stem cell transplant. She was able to donate her own stem cells for the procedure. She and her husband were living in Dallas at the time and had two young sons. "I really wanted to raise those boys," DeLong said. And she has. Her sons, Jo- seph and Josh, are now 27 and 18, respectively. "They are the absolute joy of my life," DeLong said. The pride in her voice is obvious. But DeLong, 54, knows those young men are now facing a future without their mom. In late November 2011, prolonged back pain sent De- Long to the emergency room. She thought she was having a heart attack. Tests confirmed her cancer returned, this time in her bones, lungs, spine, ribs and brain. It is stage 4. DeLong wasn't shocked; she knew it was always a pos- sibility. "They say, oh, you're can- "1 would love to think they're close to a cure. They are learning so much. I like they're on the edge of discovering the one key that will open up all the answers." -Glynda DeLong, living with cancer cerfree!Butyou'rare~ot," the beginning of this latest she said. ordeal. He's better now and She was on medication able to talk more about it, but during all those years in be- she knows how hard it must tween. DeLong also got regu- be on her family. lar check-ups and tests.',It's always harder on those In 2011, DeLong started left behind," she said. cancer treat- Sheknows ment again, what she including two is talking The Buda/Kyle ,Relay For Life 7 p.m. to 7 a,m, April 19-20 at Barton Middle School Stereotactic about- from radiosurgery p e r s o n a 1 p r o c e d u r e s experience. that focused D e L o n g' s beams ofradi- father died afion directly of colorectal into the af- cancer that fected area of spread to his her brain, liver. Her medi- Yet De- cal team at Long is fac- Texas Oncology in Austin let ing this new challenge head DeLong know that the cancer on. No one knows if she has is now too far along to do any- six months or two years. thing, so she is in what's called 'Tm still fighting," DeLong palliative care. said. "But it is terminal," she "There is no cure. They're said. "I would love to think just trying to keep the cancer they're close to a cure. They at ba~" she said. are learning so much. I feel She is still taking a daily like they're on the edge of dis- chemotherapy drug as well as covering the one key that will pain medication because the open up all the answers." cancer in her bones hurts. DeLong said her personal She said it's been tough, slogan these days is, "I don't Her husband was angry in have to live forever-just long enough to find a cure." The hope of finding a cure is one reason DeLong got in- volved with the Buda/Kyle Re- lay for Life, an overnight event from the American Cancer Society that raises money for cancer research. Two years ago, DeLong cre- ated her own team, "Glynda's Big Hope." She now has about 25 people members. "We are second largest, in terms of donations," DeLong said. Her team raised $1,345 of its $1,500 goal so far. Meanwhile, DeLong has been planning for when she reaches the end of her jour- ney. DeLong's mother, who is 88, will likely outlive her daughter. It's difficult for her to talk with her mother, who thinks it's morbid to talk about her eventual demise. "I tell her, Mom, it's not morbid, it's reality," she said. DeLong has some specific ideas about how she wants things to go after she passes. "It's not going to be a crying thing," she said. Yet she still wishes she could live many more years. She was fortunate enough to outlive cancer the first time and see her boys grow up to be men. But she will miss all the things that come later, such as grandchildren. "I would have been a great grandmother," DeLong said. To donate to "Glynda's Big Hope," visit www.relayforlife. org and search for her team name. "What's thaff a cat?", Ron wondered as BoD and KissMe called our atten- tion to something running across The Polley's yard, as we sat down to lunch in early March. I rushed outside with my phone to take a photo- graph when I realized it was an ... armadillo! Ron joined me and headed off the little tubby tank as it ran across The Burich's lawn. Blind as an armadillo, it almost ran across my feet as I snapped, snapped, snapped. Only in Texas! Even more amazing, Leslie Burich forwarded MT. CITY the next day a photo taken earlier the day before of an armadillo.., and her baby. Years ago Molly, a SharPei, attacked armadillo in our backyard. It looked hilari- ous. But, the claws left scars she carried to her dying day. Neighbors are complain- ing about armadillos tearing up their lawns at night. "What's that?," I wondered as I looked at a beautiful vinyl black spider last week. Imagine my surprise when I saw a photo of a Black Widow my sister found while gardening. Research revealed that the distinct red mark is on the venomous seek medical attention im- mediately. Turn offthe water im- mediately, too. Already we are in Stage 2 Drought water restrictions. We must imme- diately cut back 20 percent on water useage. With just a little rain and warm weather, Mountain City turned green during Spring Break, just in time for St. Patrick's Day and well be- fore this year's early Easter. I found a prayer of St. Patrick to bridge right across Palm Sunday to Easter, as the month goes March'ing on. A Plza ymz oi: St. Patrick I arise today through God's strength to pilot me: God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak for me, spider's abdomen. Another God's hand to guard me. reason to wear gloves while # Christ with me, gardening! !~: Christ before me, Should you get bit, wash : Christ behind me, with soap, apply ice, and Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise. Christ in the heart of everyone one who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. I arise today through mighty strength. What a strong picture of St. Patrick's day in and day out relationship with Jesus, as the Lenten Season focuses in on Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. It occurs to me that praying the prayer daily should bring a stronger relationship with Jesus for any believer. For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever belleveth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 Day in and day out, Mon- tage needs tidbits. Email or call (512) 268-5678. THYME ill ne group of trees long associated with drought and desert conditions is the palm tree. You can also find palms doing perfectly well in equatorial rain forests. Here in Central Texas, we happen to have both of these climates. Some years we have drought. Others we have rain aplenty. To complicate this further, we have winters where tem- peratures fall into the teens and single digits. Are any palm trees so versatile and adapt- able that they can handle such variations in temperature and climate? I can heartily recommend the Mediterranean Fan Palm, and the Windmill Palm. The Mediterranean fan palm ( Chamaerops humilis) is native to the western Mediter- ranean region, growing along the coasts of Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, and south along the coastline of Africa. Chamearops is a clumping palm, that grows very slowly. In tt)e Austin area, it is rare to see one taller than 10 feet. They do well in full to partly sunny locations, and once established, need very little water to keep them happy. There is a beautiful specimen of the Fan Palm at the south- east corner of Brodie and Capistrano (Shady Hollow). Architecturally, the Medi- terranean Fan palm makes a striking addition to any landscape. The foliage can be pruned up to feature the main and side trunks, or can be left alone to form a dense bush or screen. The Windmill palm (Tra- chycarpusfortunei), native to central China, has just one trunk. This palm has been in cultivation for thousands of years and can handle ex- tremely cold weather. Like the Mediterranean fan palm, the Windmill has pal- mate leaves, and grows to an average height of 10 to 12 feet. It is shade and sun tolerant, and is easily adaptable to our central Texas landscapes. Look for some beautiful specimens at the far south end 0f Pine- hurst Drive in Onion Creek. So, we have two palms that can take our summers and our winters. (Many palm websifes place their cold tolerance close to zero.) Cold, heat, and drought tolerant, as well as being ab- solutely beautiful. What more can we ask for? Happy gardening everyone! If you have a question for Chris, send it via email to Or mail a postcard to It's About Thyme11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 www. +