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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

LONG Distance Information: Big swim is over, on to living life

September 10, 2010
I spent all day getting ready for Doug Miller, Steve White, Gareth Gwyn and my friend, Joellyn Sullivan, a cardio physical therapist. I cooked shrimp fettuccini Alfredo, salad with my own homemade dressing, and brochette. They all arrived at the same time and after introductions all around, we fell into comfortable conversation and by the time they left, I felt I had known them forever. I’m so glad I got to meet them tonight and we wouldn’t be total strangers tomorrow. When I found out Steve lost a daughter and Doug lost his mother to PH, I added them to my “swim list”.   
September 11, 2010
The alarm went off at 5 a.m. There was just that second that I forgot what day it was. Then it hit me! I’m swimming the mighty Mississippi River today!!!! There wasn’t much time to get nervous, what with gathering everything we needed, taking meds, eating breakfast. Before I knew it I was in the truck driving toward our destination.
We met my son, Battle, who was going in our boat. At first, he told me he thought I must have lost my mind and he didn’t want any part of it. When my father died right before Nicky, my “rock” shifted from my father to my son. It was a subtle shift, really without me even knowing it until something would happen and I would just have to see his face. He didn’t like what I was doing, but I knew in the end, he would not let me go without him.

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