Healthy, never sick a day in my life, suddenly I am looking out the window of a hospital room…tubes in me while I pondered the “you have maybe a year”…So here I am, living each day and remembering my promise to myself in that hospital… as I watched the world go by, wishing I was out there without a care in the world…: “if I get out of here, I will always welcome what I face every day, as nothing out there can be worse than what is in here…”
So, I replaced a stressful job with one I love, and with my sister, bought the biggest sailboat we could handle, and decided: yep, gonna sail in the Vic-Maui yacht race, because I want to cross an ocean for the first time…with a bit of challenge along with it – and I decided I wanted to raise money for cancer research. I didn’t want a “gofundme page”, I don’t want people buying stuff for me, I want to challenge myself and then ask others to join vicariously…and donate with a tax receipt, to my cancer fundraising page…
Um, yeah, even though I tell myself that I don’t care about the race or winning….well…that’s not completely true, I have discovered I want to sail hard and hear the sleek cruiser-racer’s hull slicing through the water…and I want to win for me and everyone watching us!
Should I be offended that a world-class sailor called her a “furniture boat”, heh heh…Nah, she’s a boat that will take care of us, me and “my girls”, six of us women all crossing an ocean for the first time, we are super stoked and I am already proud of us!! So, in comfort and racy French style…and no matter what we face, we will sail that 2,300 nautical miles to Hawaii, while giving thanks every single day for being able to do what we are doing!
I want to sail and raise money to share my good fortune with the researchers and doctors who saved me…and will help others get through it all too.
Thank you for sharing in my dream! I am so happy you are going to cheer us on!!