All About Boobs in Chicago

Whether it was the “Windy Titties” or “Breastfest of Champions”, it was all about boobies in Chicago this past weekend. I could have bought a pink plastic boob necklace or worn a push-up bra on the outside of my shirt. Call them ta-tas or hooters, there were breasts everywhere.

Men wearing bras? They were there too — pink sport bras, coconut bras and shell bras.

Yup, this weekend it was all about boobs and bras.

In the hotel where I stayed, I saw a woman wearing a T-shirt that instead of the usual “Save the Ta-Tas” read “Save the Ta.”

At the end of the day on Saturday, I talked with a woman whose shirt was full on one side, flat on the other.

And in the middle of the afternoon on Sunday, a woman held back tears as she told us about her life and her decision to have a mastectomy five years ago.

Oh, yes, this weekend was ALL about boobs and ta-tas.

Or was it?

We couldn’t turn our eyes away from the pair of husky brothers in front of us, each wearing an image of their beautiful mom on their backs, with the words “In memory of.”

“In memory of.” Words I read often during this weekend, the weekend I walked 39.3 miles in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

Opening Ceremonies for the Avon Walk on June 4, 2011

This past weekend was so emotional, so uplifting and also so sobering, that all the words I have in me are too much for one post. And so I’ll continue to write this week about my experience as my blisters heal and the vivid heat rash around my ankles fade. Stay tuned.

And we’re off! The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer begins!

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6 Responses to All About Boobs in Chicago

  1. My cousin and I ran the Avon 5-k a few years ago. We both sobbed the entire way, reading the signs on everybody's backs. BTW, wait until Google gets a hold of you. Last year I posted a piece on breast self-exam and called it "Feeling Your Boobs Can Be Fun", and I can't believe how many Google searches I get for folks searching "boobs" and "fun". Eek.

  2. I was thinking about you and your walk while I was in Las Vegas. I am so proud of you for doing the walk. I am sure I would be emotionally drained seeing all the "In Memory Of" t-shirts.((HUGS)) I just had my mammogram yesterday.

  3. Good for you, Ginny! The photos are great and I can't wait to read more. You're inspiring me to try this sometime, not so much for the cause, but for the people I'd come to know. Thanks for giving me something to think about. Take care of those feet!

  4. That's so wonderful that you did that Ginny. I'll be a mess just reading your posts! I can't imagine how powerful it must have been to experience it in person. You are truly an inspiration!

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