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Save the TaTas!

by Meghann on October 18, 2008

Wow, its been a long day and its only 2:00! I guess when you start your Saturdays at 6:00 am thats how it goes! :)

I started my morning off with something I have been meaning to try for a while. A Pumpkin Bagel from Einstein Bros! Basically heaven in a bagel.

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Can you believe when I was at Einsteins at 6:30 this morning they didn’t have any fruit cups?!?!?! I CAN NOT start my morning with out fruit so on my way to my cousins I drove out of my way to find a Publix and then waited for them to open at 7:00 just so I could have my morning fruit. I also had a Peppermint Tea with my breakfast.

After I chowed down, my cousin and I set off to join the rest of our team at the Making Strides Walk 40 minutes away.

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Team Joan: (Clockwise From Left to Right) Me, my cousin Mindy, My cousin in law Candice, My Aunt Carol, my cousin Debby, my cousin Angel, Baby Abbygail, and Jenny.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a national campaign that has a fundraiser walk in October at various locations in various states. This is the first year we formed a team to participate in the walk and I’m afraid we weren’t sure how to accomplish the feat. We just figured out how to register and donate money this past Thursday and actually managed to raise $800 for out team in a matter of 2 days!! I can’t even imagine how much money we can raise next year when we’re a little better prepared.

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Every team had a story of why they chose to walk and ours was my Aunt Joan. She passed away from complications due to breast cancer back in 1995. I was very young when she passed away and I don’t even remember her not suffering from cancer, but those aren’t the memories that stand out in my head. My Aunt Joan always had this amazing, welcoming personality that always made me laugh and stay by her side. I will never forget the Christmas before she passed, when her health wasn’t at her best. I had just broken my leg, in a half body cast and was glued to a wheel chair. This was a very miserable situation for a 9 year old at Christmas time. My Aunt Joan was also in a wheel chair at the time and told me we were wheel chair buddies and shared a special bond that way that made us better then the rest. That made me feel better and that memory always sticks out in my head; I will never forget it or her.

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The 5k walk started promptly at 9:00 and were were off. It’s much different doing a 5k walk rather then a run! There was so many people (about 4,000) that we were all squished together making our strides. At the water stations instead of just handing cups of water out, they were giving out full size water bottles and there were plenty of local cheerleaders cheering us on along the way. We finished the 5k loop in about an hour, which is a lot faster then I was actually expecting.

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We saw some pretty creative shirts and team names along the way. Some of my favorite were the Treasure Chests, Breast Friends Forever and Hakuna MaTATAS!  I how love we are truly fighting to save our breasts and are not taking shame in it. It really inspired me to take pride in my own TaTas! I should be thankful to still have my breasts and I should have no shame in hiding them. Sure they may have shrunk a little in the past year, but they are still beautiful, healthy, and all mine. Hooray for Boobies!!!

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I grabbed a small handful of pink M n Ms at one of the tents. What can I say? I was in such a pink mood today I just couldn’t resist the sweets.

After the walk we headed to MiMi’s Cafe for a early lunch. Of course every other walker had the same idea as us and they were packed! It took us 20 minutes to get a table and another hour to get our food! I was starving by the time it arrived and promptly wolfed it all down.

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Mimi’s gives these JUMBO muffins with each meal. I ordered the Pumpkin Spice with my meal, but asked for it to be brought to the table in a To-Go box so I could enjoy it another times. These muffins are pretty much a meal in themselves so I decided saving mine for breakfast would be a better option, then havng it on top of my planned meal. I did have a bite of my Aunt’s Pumpkin Spice Muffin (Amazing) and my cousin’s Low Fat Blueberry Muffin (it was so-so).

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For my lunch I had the Crab, Asparagus, and Sweet Corn Quiche which came with Fresh Fruit, a Spring Greens salad and Balsamic Vinaigrette on the side.

I had a great morning with my family and am very thankful to have all of them healthy and in my lives. Nothing like doing a 5k walk with survivors to make you thankful for your health and everyone else’s health that you love. I am pooped and see a nice Saturday nap in my future. Have a great Saturday!

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