Wuz SUP?

Making the most of  LIFE post-Breast Cancer – I signed up for an ACA new discipline (already have my L3 Instructor certification and ACA Traditional Endorsement).  It was time for Stand Up Paddleboarding.

Only on a board for 2 hours prior, I was a rank beginner when it came to skills, so lots of learning!  FUN is the name of the game.  Three intensive days of training and assessment – at the conclusion, I came away certified at Level 1 (only 2 Levels!) which I felt was quite an accomplishment due to my teaching skills and  great instructors.

I took the ICW from the Charleston County Park with Josh Hall, Roger Shumann, and Charlie MacArthur..all highly talented and skilled paddlers and instructors.  The group (8 students) was excellent for the most part, although there is always one person who proclaims to know it all and one person who steps on others to attain their own goals.  Unfortunately, these folks usually succeed so it is reinforcement of this behavior.

That aside, as I was paddling against 20-25knot winds, it dawned on me that here I was, on an SUP, and less than one year post-mastectomy and breast cancer.  How amazing was that!  And to top it off, I earned (and yes, I did work for it!) certification to teach at the L1 level.  Best of all, I was invited to shadow and co-instruct at their entry level classes….and I will!

So with sore body and still on an adreneline high, I prepare for my hysteroscopy on Thursday, a week from today.  We teach at REI and then Diamond Brand (Saturday & Sunday respectively), and now catching up on all the requests and stuff to do that waited while I was immersed in water and new skills.

Isn’t life, with all its road bumps, full of opportunity?


Feeling “normal”

Ahhh, another sunny Charleston day and out on the Combahee River with friends watching alligators, dolphins (who knew?!) osprey and other wild life.

So this is what ‘normal’ feels like!  The only thing of concern is the fire ant bites I got yesterday on my instep… how wonderful!

Paddling, biking and preparing to instruct and take an SUP Instructor Certification prior to my Hysteroscopy…. its a wonderful life when medical issues can be temporary or take a back seat rather than front and center stage.


Adjusting for Lympedema Risk

After lymph nodes have been removed (whether 3 for biopsy or more) and/or radiation, the lymphatic drainage on that side of the body can be impacted, resulting in lympedema.

I love my sports, and now, 9 months after being diagnosed and being healthy enough to be active once again, adjustments need to be made!

Today, with only white thread and a sewing needle, I clipped the left short sleeve of my Kokatat paddling jacket and threaded a bungee which I can adjust to minimize water entry and the risk of arm constraint triggering Lympedema.

I’m not pleased with only having white thread available, but functionally, it will be outstanding… and someday soon when I can buy black/gray thread,  I will replace the white thread  😉  But, we’re surfing tomorrow and this is very needed and welcome with 80-90 degree temps here in Charleston!

You can’t stop doing the things you love – adapt, adjust & improvise!

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