|Fellow young adult cancer survivors on the 3-day Lares Trek|
through the Andes Mountains of Peru.
I've taken part in 4 First Descents' camps since 2009. I have learned to whitewater kayak on rivers in Montana, Colorado, and Idaho. This past October I went on a 10 day journey to Peru where I rafted the Apurimac River, completed a 3-day Lares Trek through the Andes Mountains in which I climbed to an elevation of 15,016 feet, and visited Machu Picchu along side 11 other young adult cancer survivors and several First Descents' staff members, including the founder of this amazing organization, Brad Ludden.
Because of First Descents, I am able to trust my body again and realize that I am now even stronger than I was pre-cancer. I have done things that I never would have even considered doing pre-cancer. I can kayak class III rapids with confidence and climb 3,000 feet in vertical elevation on my own two feet; I can LIVE. I can live in the moment and not dwell on the past and worry too much about the future. The road to the discovery of my true self has been an amazing one.
For more information about First Descents, visit www.firstdescents.org. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|First Descents Whitewater Kayaking trip to Glacier National Park|
in Montana 2009