Being sick is a bummer. Once the big sick cleared, I found healing in adventure. It is true that laughter is the medicine. Along with that, taking risks, meeting new people, enjoying the incredible outdoors, getting in the water, doing yoga, and sleeping under the stars ranks pretty high. The organizations below have impacted my healing from cancer in one way or another.
If you know a young adult with cancer, are a young adult with cancer, or want to donate to a young adult cancer organization, I am providing some videos from SOME of the organizations who opened their hearts and were willing to help. After you check out the heartfelt videos, you will understand that you will not have to worry about me as long as these organizations exist. Please feel free to visit their websites to learn more, add them on your amazon smile account, or help raise funds for them with me. If you happen to do the latter, or have ideas on how to do that, please let me know.
Camp Koru was the first camp I went to in Maui, Hawaii. I was treated to surfing, sleeping on the beach, eating the most amazing, healthy food, and most importantly, making lifelong friends who understood my experience.
Project Koru also had me as a guest on their This Is Life retreat where I was given an abundance of resources for life after cancer.
First Descents took me to Outter Banks, North Carolina for a week-long surf trip where I learned amazing things about nutrition, took part in silly traditions, and stayed in an incredible beach house with some of the most amazing people I have ever met.
I am so lucky because the headquarters for First Descents is in Denver, CO!! They put on quarterly events for locals, along with some really awesome fundraising parties. This summer, I went white water paddle boarding and pushed myself beyond what I thought was possible. This organization encourages a healthy, active lifestyle and has gently challenged me to push through the obstacles I thought were in my way.
Dear Jack Foundation also has its headquarters in Denver. Dear Jack is like my little Denver cancer family. They support a few programs. These include a yoga program I go to with the same group of friends about once a month. They also have a program for patients who have pretty extreme treatments call the Life List. This is similar to make a wish because Dear Jack tries to make exceptional things happen so patients have something awesome to look forward to. By default, participants and their families become part of a community of survivors.
Another organization that gave me a stellar experience is River Discovery. The website does not have any videos, but they have an awesome photo gallery.
I encourage you to help yourself and others find ways to heal this way and to…