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If you read "Tears on Mission Peak" I'll think you'll like and appreciate this message I received from Lenore:

Hi Jaime,

My name is Lenore and I just wanted to thank you for not only being such an inspiring teacher but an amazing person as well. My friend (and one of your former students) has spoken very highly of you and invited me to do the Mission Peak hike with her this year. She showed me the article you wrote on your website "Tears on Mission Peak." Maybe it's a coincidence but I think you wrote it about me. I've always doubted myself all my life. I have also struggled with my weight all my life. After having my son and having numerous health issues, I decided that I finally needed to something about it and change. A month ago yesterday I started my lifestyle change and weight loss journey. I have lost a total of 13 lbs and 2.5 inches almost everywhere. By hiking Mission Peak, it proved I can do anything I put my mind to as long as I don't give up. I don't know how many times yesterday I thought to myself I can't do this. I'm going to quit. But finally I said, I can do this and you aren't going to quit! You've made it this far! Keep going! So once I got to the top an overwhelming feeling came over me and I started to cry. It was a catharsis for me and it felt so good to accomplish it. With hard work, determination and dedication, I was able to finish. Just like every road block in life, you just have to stick through it, be patient, and believe you will eventually get to your destination. So thank you for organizing this hike every year and thank you for writing your article. You have given me more inspiration to keep reaching for my goals and to keep believing in myself. It's definitely a moment I will NEVER forget.

Lenore Antonio-Bernales

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