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During the 3-Day. On the second day, [livejournal.com profile] telaryn and I got to the Upham Beach Cheering station and I saw a woman cheering us on. She was dressed in a pink sweatsuit and she had a pink cap on over her bald head. She was swollen and you could tell she was sick and exhausted and could barely hold her head up but she was cheering as hard as she could.

I felt something in my chest just kind of break, if that makes sense, and I walked up to her--sweaty and foul-smelling as I was--and I just bent down and hugged her. I was gentle, like she was made of the finest china. I didn't want to hurt her--God knows, she'd obviously been through enough and she had a long, hard road ahead of her. She hugged me back fiercely and whispered thanks in my ear.

Life-changing moments are few and far between. That was one and I will never, ever forget it.

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