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Don't ask, don't tell.......

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Yesterday Sandiegojohn posted this on his feed:

SANDIEGOJOHN A lesbian Emmy host. A trans-man on Dancing With The Stars. And Don't Ask, Don't Tell is gone. Tough day to be a homophobe. 1 day ago

Today I cam across this you tube video of a young soldier calling home to tell his family he is gay. It brought happy tears to my eyes so I thought I would share. Enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVAgz6iyK
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DDESERTDDAWN 12/9/2011 2:55PM

    Just read this a few months late. BUT moved nonetheless by the enthusiasm for people being true to themselves! THANK you Terry!

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BADASSBLONDIE 9/22/2011 8:25AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

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ERIN4771 9/22/2011 6:57AM

    it's always awesome when you can open up and be yourself...thanks for sharing!!

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THINRONNA 9/22/2011 5:06AM

    This is great. Thank you and thank you SANDIEGOJOHN!



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TRULYVISIBLE 9/21/2011 6:45PM

  I viewed that yesterday crying all the way. Such a touching moment to share with the world.

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 9/21/2011 6:38PM

    I saw that on Perezhilton.com, I cried too! I wish every person of the community could have the same experience when coming out to their families!

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RUNNER12COM 9/21/2011 6:30PM

    Ha! Thank you for sharing this here!

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LADYJ6942 9/21/2011 2:07PM

    Thank you!

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Excellent quotes......

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered, "Man, Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."

"Our lives take on their true meanings when we do our best at the ordinary things in life: working hard, being thankful, thinking good thoughts, doing the right thing, practicing self-reflection and self-discipline, refining our minds and elevating our character in everyday life."

I don't know the author of the second quote........if anyone can help I'd appreciate it!

  
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TRULYVISIBLE 9/21/2011 6:48PM

  This is great. I printed it out to share.

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WIFEALF 9/20/2011 8:01AM

    CUTE! :-)


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THINRONNA 9/1/2011 3:37PM

    These are great. Thank you!

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4AMAZINGME 7/28/2011 2:00PM

    insightful

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WIFEALF 7/22/2011 3:13PM

    :-)

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 7/21/2011 11:58AM

    I love, love, love the Dalai Lama quote! I posted it to my FB page.

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RONIREDD 7/20/2011 3:24PM

    Love the quote! Thank you. Its actually on my "bucket list" to meet the Dalai Lama!

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AELARLEE1 7/19/2011 3:54PM

    These are indeed excellent quotes! Hope all is well with you!

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NOREGRET2010 7/19/2011 8:18AM

    I love good quotes! Stealing your dali lama quote for my facebook post this a.m.! Hugs!

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MALKS_ARIA 7/19/2011 1:47AM

    Yep yep.... So need the reminder!!! Thank You for sharing it!!!

aria

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SPARKLISE 7/18/2011 9:00PM

    I wish i could remember this in my everyday life and really live it. emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 7/18/2011 7:36PM

    I absolutely love the first quote Terry!

With regards to the second quote here is what I found using Google:

michaelschusterblog.
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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/18/2011 6:03PM

    I live my life on others quotes!

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Fifty Questions.....Borrowed from Little Queen

Sunday, July 10, 2011

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Yep......my mom

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Today

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? No.....and I went to Catholic school!

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? REAL Turkey

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Two daughters

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Yes

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Unfortunately, yes

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? no

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Absolutely not

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Fiber One

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? No, but I should

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Yes

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Vanilla

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Kindness

15. RED OR PINK? Red

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? Insecurity

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My mother-in-law & my mom

18. Favorite summer food? Berries & stone fruit

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Tan running shoes

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Cantaloupe

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Replay of the Women's World Cup Final from 1999.....we were there at the Rose Bowl with our youngest daughter who turned 16 that day.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Purple

23. FAVORITE SMELLS? Vanilla

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My daughter, to wish her a happy birthday

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE? Beach House

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Soccer......especially women's soccer

27. HAIR COLOR? Lt brown

28. EYE COLOR? Blue

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Glasses

30. FAVORITE FOOD? I have to pick one????? Anything sweet....cake, pie, ice cream, cookies

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Midnight in Paris

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Lavender

34. SUMMER OR WINTER? Winter but fall is my favorite

35. HUGS OR KISSES? Both

36. FAVORITE DESSERT? Again.......I have to pick? Anything sweet and really fattening!

37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO? Cardio......but really both

38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION? Computer......I love SP!

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? Neon Rain......James Lee Burke. Wonderful book

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Don't have one

42. FAVORITE SOUND? My grand-children, laughing or babbling

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles all the way

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Netherlands & Belgium

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I can talk to anyone and make them comfortable. I make candy too!

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Cleveland, Ohio

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW? So. California

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE? Tan stucco

49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR? Gold....ish

50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS.....yes. I hope others will too. Love to learn more about my friends!

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ANNESYLVIA 7/16/2011 5:38PM

    Love learning more about you...

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MALKS_ARIA 7/16/2011 12:01AM

    I would have a very hard time with some of those questions.. many of them are "Both" ... UGH

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 7/12/2011 12:14PM

    I see we have a few things in common... I notice kindness right away, too, I'd be a purple crayon, I prefer the Beatles, and, of course, I love SP! emoticon

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KIKI0531 7/11/2011 4:21PM

    What a great way to get to know someone a little more. I may just have to borrow it !! P.S. Vanilla is my favorite too !! emoticon

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AELARLEE1 7/11/2011 12:20PM

    Thanks for sharing! Feel like I know you a little better :)

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SPARKLISE 7/11/2011 8:09AM

    emoticon Very informative. emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 7/11/2011 2:59AM

    Did you have the opportunity to watch today's (07/10) match against Brazil? It was a truly amazing match, one that I will remember for a long time!
BTW, thank you for sharing, I will be sharing sometime in the very near future!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/11/2011 12:40AM

    Ha Ha! I borrowed it from Pixie who borrowed it elsewhere, I love these

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Stress and NOT falling off the wagon!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Stress and not falling off the wagon!

To say that my life and that of my husband have been stressful over the last couple of months would be an understatement. The life changing events are for another blog; how I've reacted to the stress has been nothing short of amazing to me. I still cry.....a lot. I'm still angry and hurt but am trying my best to work out those feelings.

In the past. my way of dealing with stress was to eat anything and everything made of simple carbs. A whole recipe of pancakes or waffles, with a cube of butter and a cup of syrup, doughnuts, toast, butter and jam. You get the picture. I would eat my way into a food coma, then sit on my ever widening butt watching TV all day. My stomach was constantly upset and I spent any time not in front of the television on the toilet. I didn't sleep well and headaches were common.

So far, other than bouncing up and down by a couple of pounds my weight has stayed the same. I have flirted with binges a couple of times but have managed to avoid a full fledged binge. I continue to exercise on a regular basis and have added many more steps and miles to my days. When stress threatens to overwhelm me I take a walk, run or hike. I run on my mini trampoline. I go to the YMCA. I take a step and Pilates class. I strength train.....anything to keep me moving. Never in a million years did I think I would turn to exercise instead of food. Exercise calms me, helps me to stay more centered, make my brain & body feel better.

It is still a struggle not to eat an entire bag of M & Ms or a carton of ice cream if they are around. It's even hard to get all of my steps & exercise on some days. But, the feeling I get as I drift off to sleep after an active day when I've eaten well is priceless. My former fat girl self is still in the shadows, often begging to come back. I'll keep her at bay by practicing my new passion......exercise in any form!

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AELARLEE1 7/8/2011 5:14PM

    Terry, I know this response is quite late, but I am SO glad I read this today!! I needed this encouragement, this reminder. I have had those "stress" days and it isn't always possible to share online all that makes life difficult, but know that I understand because I have been there too. AND I am going to remember to resist the urge to overeat tonight and push hard on the long run tomorrow in honor of those of us who are getting a handle on our life while life hits hard back!

Blessings dear SP friend!
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NOREGRET2010 7/6/2011 8:58AM

    I don't know how I missed this post!

terry, you inspire me so much! Stress is a killer - literally. You are changing your reaction to stress and lengthening your life. I'm so proud to know you!

And you are correct - I think we would definitely be good friends if we lived close...but I take your virtual friendship very seriously...if you ever need a vent, please email me, really!!! saharasdream "at" gmail "dot" com. HUGS friend, you are DOING IT!!

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JLSPIES 7/1/2011 10:28AM

    That is so awesome Terry. I think you are outstanding. I still totally struggling with not wanting to deal with my stress in sugary and greasy ways, but working out has definitely helped, and the support of such positive people, like you. Keep up the good work!

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MALKS_ARIA 6/27/2011 6:41PM

    Goood Job Terry!!!

I am glad you are finding new, healthy habits... :)


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MIKA016 6/26/2011 11:02AM

    Terry, you are an inspiration! I hope to be in the place you are one day. It's taken you a lot of hard work to get there. I'm sorry to hear bout your husband and you still being under stress. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Keep on staying strong you are so doing it! I'm proud to be your friend!

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THINRONNA 6/26/2011 2:50AM

    You are great Terry! Your blog is wonderful...real...I love it. I am so inspired when I read about how you have turned to exercise instead of food for comfort and rejuvenation. The exercise strengthens and builds you up...you can see it in the way that you write. It seems to me that you have learned so much on this journey. Isn't it interesting how there is that part of us that still wants to slide back or ignore what we have learned? Fortunately your thin rockin self is now waaaay stronger than the chubby one over in the shadows! Yes, we all occasionally slip or overindulge but you have figured out that a slip or a flirtation with the old like does not undo all your hard work if you don't let it. We are all human after all!

I am sorry for your stress and all that you have been through. I would love to be there and take a run with you and let you jut download your problems with me. Chatting with friends can be quite helpful too! Life is crazy isn't it? It's the only one we got though and you are truly making yours better with your habits and going on head held high. I am proud of you. Truly.

Thank you for this inspirational blog lady! You are great! emoticon

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 6/25/2011 7:05PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your stress. I hope it is decreasing now? I am so glad you use exercise to combat stress. I have NOT reached that place, yet. I don't know why. But I am inspired now to get some exercise tonight! You are emoticon and you write very well. emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 6/25/2011 6:55PM

    What an inspirational blog Terry! I am so pleased to read that you have changed your life and are now equipped to respond to life's ups and downs in a more sensible fashion. Everyday I think about what my life was like before I started this journey and wonder what took me so long to "get it." You "got it!" Keep up the awesome work my friend, you are truly a motivational force!

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Running for Life........My First Half Marathon with pictures!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Running for Life........My First Half Marathon

I had way more fun than I ever imagined…….It was tough, painful, exhilarating, exciting, exhausting and inspiring!. The excitement all around me was contagious. People of all ages and fitness levels…….I missed it, but there was even a flash mob. Here is a link to the video.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4VWPq__1vo

My 27 year old daughter, Meghan, ran with me…..with no training. I had to work to keep up with her! She is amazing. Meghan told me no running, we would walk this ½ marathon. That lasted less than a mile. We both slowly ran at least 8 of the 13 miles. We listed out finish time as 3.5 hours when we entered the race and finished in about 3 hours, 15 minutes; 14 to 15 minute miles with a potty break and walking.


Meghan getting ready at home......3:30 AM

32,000 people raced between the ½ & the complete marathon….it took over an hour after the official start of the race for our corral to be released. We ran on city streets and the 163 freeway finishing next to Sea World. I was excited about running on the freeway, maybe because it is usually forbidden to pedestrians. Those four miles were the toughest part of the race. The freeway is banked for runoff so I constantly felt like I was leaning one way or the other. The weather was perfect, sunny & cool with a breeze for most of the run.


Getting close to the start.......almost 7:30 in the morning


The bands were terrific….everything from rock to Zydeco to the pipe organ in Balboa park & everything in between. The last three to four miles of the race had cheerleaders and other organized groups giving us encouragement.


Rock & Roll

Zydeco

The Pipe Organ in Balboa Park being played for us

Taiko Drummers


The marathoners amazed me. How do they manage to finish 26 miles period, many of them in far less time than it took us to finish 13 miles. One marathoner was walking back though the course encouraging us to finish strong.


This was the longest mile of my life!

This race was to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma society so there were countless people running to raise funds through Team in Training. They could be easily identified by their purple shirts, many with hand written names of friends & family members suffering with Leukemia & Lymphoma. There were cancer survivors as well as people undergoing treatment running. I saw a man limping so badly it made me hurt to watch him but he kept on going. He told me running this was easier than chemo. As were we complaining about how tired we were we passed a TRIPLE amputee…….we complained no more. A young woman in a sling who’d had shoulder surgery six weeks ago crossed the finish line just ahead of us as did a man with an amazing prosthetic leg, meant for running. I am humbled by people who overcome so much and still move forward, helping others along the way. I felt blessed to be touched by these amazing people.

We are saving up to enter our next 1/2 marathon; maybe the Las Vegas Rock & Roll in early December. The run is at night on the strip. Can't imagine that street with NO cars just runners. That alone makes it worth the travel.

Give running or walking a try. There are fun one milers as well as long competitive races. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could run/walk/jog even a mile let alone 13. It is worth the effort, it's fun and you meet amazingly motivating people.


My daughter crossing the finish line

At home after the race in the T-shirt I will treasure forever............

  
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STIPER23 7/26/2011 10:00AM

    Love it! I am running my first HM in a few months.

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JAZZYTREKKER 7/26/2011 9:16AM

    Congratulations . . . what a fantastic accomplishment!
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HEALTH4LYFE 6/24/2011 6:46PM

    What an incredible inspiration you are to others as well as your family! Way to go on a great race. It's no wonder you have been chosen DGOTD!!! emoticon

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ICANDOTHISJEN 6/20/2011 5:33PM

    Congrats on your first 1/2 marathon!!! Must be a great experience to share this accomplishment with your daughter. Thank you for sharing and love the pics.
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KIKI0531 6/20/2011 4:26PM

    Congrats to you and your daughter !! Great job for a great cause ! A dear friend just recently had a heart transplant and whenever I feel like I can't go another step I just think of him when we would walk together (before his surgery) with his heart pump in place and him having to carry his battery pack while we did our two miles. Makes your aches and pains seem a little less when you witness something like that.

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WIFEALF 6/17/2011 4:05PM

    i am so proud of you congrats,i wish i was there with you guys!

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CBAILEYC 6/14/2011 2:08PM

    Congrats on your Half! You did fabulous, and how wonderful that you completed it with your daughter!
Well done, lady!
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MOMONTHERUN1 6/13/2011 9:43PM

    CONGRATS!!! I think it is great that you were able to experience this with your daughter.

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ABSOLUTZER0 6/13/2011 9:19PM

    Woohoo! CONGRATULATIONS! Great race + Great cause = Great times!!! You did an amazing job! It's always nice to have someone there with you. I know having Meghan and 32,000 other people was awesome! I have yet to run a big race, so I can only imagine the energy. Terry, the Half Marathoner! Sounds awesome, eh?!

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ANNESYLVIA 6/13/2011 7:40PM

    How wonderful! A fabulous job too! You and your daughter are absolutely beautiful and so happy looking.

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 6/13/2011 3:09PM

    I clicked "I Like This Blog." In the 4 years I've been on SP, I've never done that because I have never been moved to! Wow! Look at where you came from and what you can do now! Totally amazing! And look at your sweet daughter. She looks just like you!

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SLEEPYDEAN 6/11/2011 7:04PM

    What a great first experience. I think you picked the perfect race for that. Congrats to you and your daughter!

That crowd support was amazing, I've never seen anything like that and it sure made my 5 miles go by pretty quickly.

Funny that you mentioned liking to run on the freeway. I ran a 5K on the 210 out in Fontana before it was opened a few years back. It was awesome and I can't help but think of how I ran there whenever I drive it.

I'll be in Vegas too. I can't wait!

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TEDDYBABE 6/11/2011 6:51PM

    I am SO VERY PROUD of you! Wow, that's is so cool! Wish I had been there to cheer you on!! You go girl!

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NOREGRET2010 6/11/2011 8:53AM

    Terry - You're a Rock Star! Thank you so much for sharing the pics and the story, soooooo inspiring! And thank you for being my spark friend! emoticon

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CARBJUNKIE83 6/10/2011 10:13PM

    WoW! That is amazing!! I can totally relate with you :) I did the Rock N Roll half Marathon in Phoeniz, AZ with NO training! And you are not kidding when the 13th mile felt like forever! Way to go on your accomplishment!!!!! Hats off to you ! emoticon

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MRS_LOOMIS 6/10/2011 9:13PM

    way to go!!!!

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MALKS_ARIA 6/10/2011 8:09PM

    1. You are amazing!

2. Thank You, We just lost dad to Multiple Myalomia (cancer of the blood) and Leukemia (cancer of the bone marrow)... and we couldn't do it without the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (and charities related to them)... They helped with the cost of travel, and hotel rooms for my dad during treatment....

3. WOW!~!~~ You did it!!!

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AELARLEE1 6/10/2011 5:47PM

    I LOVE it! I have done many races with my daughter too, 4 half-marathons and two full marathons. Last year I had to run a full without her because she was expecting grandchild #2 but she was still able to do the last 3 miles with me, and it was so special!!!

Races remind me why I run! Thanks again for the reminder!



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THINRONNA 6/10/2011 3:21PM

    Terry,
This is one of THE most inspirational blogs that I have read in a long time! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing race report with us. I am so proud of you and your daughter for getting out there and doing it! I have never done a half marathon but after reading your blog it makes me want to do one more than ever. You have done a great job of describing it.

I am positively amazed at all of the different people who met the challenge and ran in this half marathon...what an incredible thing for you to experience!

You pictures are excellent. It looks like such a fun day! I just love the one of you and your daughter! (You two look so much alike!) I hope that you do the half in Las Vegas. That would be amazing to run that at night! Plus I would get to read all about it!

Thank you so much for sharing this with us and CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Ronna

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    emoticon You are amazing!! emoticon

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THISPUP 6/10/2011 12:25PM

  You so totally rock! If someone had told a year ago you would be doing this, I would have begged them to go on anti-psychotics. Now, I believe you can do anything: bungee jumping? As Peeta said: "Always."

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