Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Shattering the Illusion that cancer makes people Fragile...

I just got my plane ticket and I am offically going to a week long young cancer survivors kayaking retreat in Vail, Co.  It is through an amazing organization called First Descents.  I was accepted a few months ago, but worried that I might not have the health to be able to go.  I decided I'm going...positive thoughts!

Here is their story: n 2001, ten young adults took to the rivers of Colorado in whitewater kayaks. For seven days, they learned the basics of the sport, eventually conquering Class III rapids before the week’s end. They were there to prove themselves and to prove a point: that cancer, no matter how aggressive, dormant, advanced, or invasive, would never be stronger than they were.

I am going July 31-Aug 6th...and I am nervous, but SO excited.  My body is weakened, but still strong.  It is trying to heal... and has been rallying for me.  This will be something that I do just for me...and I can't wait!!!

5 comments:

Aaron and Carissa said...

Wow, sounds like a lot of fun! Will you be camping out?

Kristen said...

You are going to have a blast! I dont think you are fragile or weak at all, in fact I am afraid to play tennis with you! ;-)

Taz said...

Looks like fun. Just don’t try any of the rapids shown at the first of the video. These stunts are for pro yackers.

Laurene said...

PICKED UP A "ROSIE THE RIVETER" T SHIRT AND THOUGHT OF YOU!

Alli said...

I am so glad that you found my blog about my time at FD camp. You are going to have a blast. I too was very worried that I was not physically up for trip and I would not be able to fully participate. The great thing about FD is there are so many ways to participate. When you get there, you will meet with staff to review your current health and medications and they will talk with you about the upcoming week. If you are not up for paddling one day, they can pair you up with someone else or you can go in the safety boat.

They provide a pretty good packing list, but make sure you have lots of sunscreen and reapply often. I never got time to read my book, because I was always too tired after a day on the water. I would be happy to answer any questions you have (email me at sonsalli@comcast.net), but just know the staff is incredible and they will make sure you have a good time.

Tell the staff that Lolli says hi. Can't wait to hear about your trip.