Monday, June 13, 2011

I did a good thing this weekend


I spent the weekend volunteering at Casting for Recovery. CFR is an organization based in Vermont which provides fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer - no matter what stage or how long since their diagnosis. Its a great weekend to meet other women with the same disease and learn a new skill. You get to go once as a participant. If you haven't signed up, do so at www.castingforrecovery.org and you will have an amazing weekend.

I went in 2008 as a participant. Then I went back in 2009 and this year as a volunteer. Its almost as good as being a participant. Its a way of giving back for me. I enjoy it.

We were at St George's School outside of Newport RI on a beautiful campus. We could see the beach - down a big hill. We ate in a dining hall that looks like it was the model for Hogwarts. I am not kidding - big long tables in rows with hanging flags and chandeliers. It was missing Nearly Headless Nick flying around. The chef was amazing. All of us who were there are now on a diet as a result. They had the most amazing chef and as they were closing for the summer we got to bring home left overs - too bad my husband didn't like the mushroom soup I brought and I had to eat it all myself.

I try to do good things fairly regularly. It makes me feel like I am doing something positive. Cancer doesn't have to be a downer all the time. If I hadn't had breast cancer, I wouldn't have been able to spend a weekend helping others cope better with their diagnosis. I think it also helps me cope better with my life and my oh so healthy body.

2 comments:

ButDoctorIHatePink said...

That's awesome Caroline. I've thought I'd like to go do that but I can't stand to kill anything. No fishing for me. :(

Caroline said...

catch and release only... and we didn't catch anything. Big storm