The Love Boat

| April 13, 2014 | 4 Comments

It is almost here, embarka­tion day.  Many of us have been count­ing down the days (less than 13) until we set sail on the 8th Annual  Thrivers Cruise.   This is the mother of all cruises.  The crown jewel, so-to-speak.  How fit­ting that this year we will be sail­ing on The Royal Caribbean Lib­erty of the Seas.  Our ports-of-call are Belize and Cozumel.

If the com­ments on our group page are any indi­ca­tion, this year is going to be a riot.  This group is diverse, witty and whim­si­cal.  We come from var­i­ous cor­ners of the globe to spend five glo­ri­ous nights together sail­ing the Caribbean.

Dur­ing this tour, we will talk about breast can­cer, laugh about breast can­cer, cry about breast can­cer and for­get about breast can­cer.  Just as no two peo­ple are the same, no two breast can­cer jour­neys are the same.  Each one is as unique as the per­son who owns it.

This cruise is hosted by Breast Can­cer Well­ness Mag­a­zine.  Pub­lisher, Bev­erly Vote, goes all out to ensure every­one is attended to.  We will be treated like roy­alty.  Dur­ing the “at sea days”, we will attend work­shops.  A lot of plan­ning and orga­niz­ing goes into secur­ing “the best of the best” in the breast can­cer world.  This year is no exception.

Many of us are chan­nel­ing our inner adven­turer and try­ing new activ­i­ties such as:  water cave explo­ration; snor­kel­ing; para­sail­ing; and trav­el­ing the less inhab­ited areas in Belize to scope out wild-life along the rivers.  Dull and bor­ing are not adjec­tives to describe us.

The one com­mon denom­i­na­tor that brings us all together is breast can­cer.  We rep­re­sent all ages and all stages.  For this week, breast can­cer will not be in con­trol.  There will be no radi­a­tion or chemother­apy treat­ments to go to; there will be no blood draws; no mam­mo­grams; no MRI’s; nor any other med­ical test or device to endure.  We will own “the beast”.

Our sol­i­dar­ity will be strong, our energy will be elec­tri­fy­ing, and there will be a pep in our step.  We will meet new peo­ple, try new things, chal­lenge our­selves and refresh our spirits.

There is one thing we all learned on our respec­tive jour­neys — life is short.  No one is guar­an­teed tomor­row.  Rather than sit in fear wait­ing for can­cer to defeat us, we will roar like lions pro­claim­ing our courage and domin­ion over this insid­i­ous disease.

Rock on, Thrivers!

 

Category: Breast Cancer Wellness

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  1. Lakenia Robinson says:

    From the moment my final pay­ment was made my excite­ment level was heighten. I’m look­ing for­ward to meet­ing new sis­ters on this LOVE BOAT cruise to Mex­ico! I will be cel­e­brat­ing 10/5 years of can­cer free and antic­i­pat­ing 50 years of life soon. Thou this jour­ney hasn’t always been easy, every morn­ing the Lord allows me to wake up, look up and get up on this side I will con­tinue to Thrive for great­ness to the best of my abil­ity and ROAR LIKE A LION. I’m excited and anx­ious to meet all youTHRIV­ING SURVIVORS. Love you all! Lakenia

  2. anne marie adamd says:

    Wish I had known about this before. Need to go some­where. So depressed.

    • Wendy Doherty says:

      Anne Marie, I am sorry you are depressed. Breast can­cer takes its toll on us phys­i­cally, emo­tion­ally and at times, spir­i­tu­ally. It is my prayer that you will soon be feel­ing stronger. I wish all women diag­nosed with this dis­ease could be treated to a cruise. Hangeth in there. Hugs.

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