"I'm not wasting any more of the time I have left," is what I decided during active treatment for breast cancer last year. I'm now on the other side of my initial cancer diagnosis and active treatment, and I'm making an effort to not waste any more time by doing the things I put off or was afraid of doing prior to cancer.
I am an introvert. I gravitate toward solitary activities and am a nervous wreck when it comes to small talk in social situations. However, I worked up the courage to sign up and attend the annual fitness retreat that Team Survivor Northwest (TSNW) provides for women diagnosed with cancer. I didn't know anyone, but I was determined to put myself out there and connect with other women and engage in physical activities with them. It was at that retreat that I learned about a group of TSNW members who climb Mt Adams, Washington's second highest mountain at 12,281 feet, to raise awareness and funds for the organization. To accomplish this goal, TSNW provides a training program that includes practice hikes, cross-training, and guidance on necessary equipment.
I've hiked off and on, but never climbed a mountain. I've ascended 10,000 feet on Haleakala, but that was by car. Joining a special group of women to climb Mt Adams fit right into my goal of getting out there, doing something new, supporting others, and choosing the challenge this time. I'll also be celebrating my birthday while I'm climbing Mt Adams. I purposely chose the date to remind myself that on my birthday a year ago, I was very sick and couldn't muster any energy to go for a short walk and now I'm embarking on an adventure to climb a mountain! I'll be proving to myself that I'm back to my healthy self and paying forward the love and support I received by raising money for TSNW!
I'm committed to raising $2,500 for TSNW. I would appreciate it if you're able to help me pay forward the support to these courageous women on their journeys back to full health. If you're not able to donate or already donated to charities that you support, I completely understand.