I was diagnosed with a Grade 4 Glioblastoma (GBM) brain tumor in December 2007 at the age of 28, a few weeks before Christmas. After reeling from the shock and recovery from brain surgery, I made it my mission to defy the odds (average survival after a GBM diagnosis is less than 15 months), and beat my cancer. It helped that I had an incredible support system of family, friends, my medical team and coworkers.
I attended the weeklong Green River, UT camping and canoeing trip through True North Treks. I had heard about trips like these for years, but finally decided that this was the time and the trip for me! I wanted to commemorate my upcoming 10th “cancerversary” in December, and I thought that this would be an awesome way to celebrate! I was looking to challenge myself, and having never camped or extensively canoed before, I achieved that goal! I surprised myself by enjoying the camping, canoeing, and hiking ”jaunts” as much as I did. Of course, the spectacular scenery, staff, and 9 other amazing survivors helped! We set out on the Green River near Ruby Ranch, UT for 5 days of canoeing and camping, growing and sharing. We started most days with yoga, and ended every evening with meditation around the campfire. Everyone shared stories of their lives and struggles. It was healing to be with other young adults who had similar experiences and challenges.
I am so grateful to the Cassie Hines Shoes Cancer Foundation for enabling me to attend by covering my airfare for the trek! Thank you CHSCF!!!