I am not writing this as a fundraising plea but to tell about a life changing experience. We all may need these sometimes.
There are breast cancer retreats, support groups, pink groups, pink girls, and I can go on and on and on. But occasionally one comes along which is a life changing experience for the participants. A good example of that is Casting for Recovery. It teaches women with breast cancer a new skill, provides psychosocial and medical support, and after a three day all expense paid weekend, have a life changing experience. Read this story about a woman in Oregon and her experience on the retreat.
When I first heard about Casting for Recovery, I thought how cool is that. I'll have to sign up and I did. Then when I was driving to the retreat stuck in Cape traffic on an August Friday afternoon, I thought to myself: 'What am I doing? Going away for the weekend with a bunch of strangers. How did I get myself into this one?' And I came up with a plan. I was going to have gall bladder surgery a month later. I decided if it was awful, I could always fake a gall bladder attack and leave.
By the end of the weekend, I had new friends, reached a new level of acceptance with my medical history, and relearned some childhood fly fishing skills. It was a life changing experience for me.