So I am 5 days away from flying to North Carolina’s Outer Banks to go surfing. I am going with First Descents- they are an organization I found out about from another survivor who went kayaking last year.
First Descents Mission Statement:
First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.
And I thought, what the hell- I should do this! But now I am getting a little nervous, did I mention I have had 3 broken bones, and I am a bit of a clod? I have my own physical therapist. Even before cancer- I had every part of my body x-ray’d or scanned. That is why I stuck with a career in interior design- it’s an indoor activity and takes no physical coordination. So why did I sign up to do this? Because I am sick of being sick, of being old before my time. I am tired of dealing with things people my age don’t deal with. I want to live and be young again- and I like to see the look on people’s faces when I tell them I am going surfing. They are usually some level of shock and disbelief- I am an out of shape size 18. I am not proud of that- that’s just where I am right now. And that’s ok. But what’s not ok- is how I feel like I’m a 60 year old. So THAT’S why I am going- I want to push my limits and see if I can get back my young self.
Stay Tuned! (that’s for S & K)
When I get back- I’ll fill you in on how it went. Cross your fingers I don’t break my 4th bone.