It’s hard to believe that a year ago I was at the start of my cancer journey. Having just rounded the corner on healing from the mastectomy, I was starting my 12 weeks of chemo…and just handed another surprise of having to do 25 treatments of radiation as an added bonus. I could never have imagined being back where I am now both physically and mentally.
So to continue the theme of doing things I can’t imagine, I’ve decided to join a very special group of women who are also cancer survivors to climb Mt Adams, WA’s 2nd highest mountain topping out at 12,281feet! For those who know me climbing large mountains, buying an ice axe and camping in the snow none the less, is not what you would associate me with – and yet I am determined to step into this challenge! Partly as a symbolic victory to continue to prove to myself I can do the unfathomable, partly to prove to myself that I am back to full health, and partly to pay forward the great love and support I have received by raising money for an awesome non profit.
Team Survivor Northwest (TSNW) is solely dedicated to providing free fitness and health resources for women with cancer as well as organizing this hike and the training. I’ve committed to raising $2,500 for TSNW. If you are able to help me pay forward the support to these courageous women on their journeys back to full health – then thank you. If you are not able to so, or already donated the charities you are passionate about – then thank you for caring about the world you live in and I would simply just ask you for one thing: keep sending out messages of support as I step up to this next big challenge in my life!
Additionally, in honor or in remembrance of a loved one who has been touched by cancer, I will include his/her name on a Tibetan prayer flag that I will carry with me to the top of Mt. Adams.
I guess Dr Seuss had it right all along, "Always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you've ever imagined." Thank you for being my silver linings.