Diet coke) and how not to hang up your waders. It's a massive crash course on fly fishing but it's done SO WELL you don't realize all you're taking in! Get this: it's only $25!! The people are fun, compassionate, patient, servant hearted and not judgmental if you can't tell the difference between a brook trout and a brown trout. They could I'm their sleep, I'm sure.
I have been a participant and fell in love with the magic of casting a teensy weensy fly onto the golden waters of the Ausable River. I had a guide at my side the entire time. He helped me cast, encouraged me continually and got VERY excited when a trout hit the fly. I even got help getting in and out of the river, which is tricky with waders on. :)
Flies have weird names; "Patriot" "Renegade" and my favorite --"Wooly Bugger."
I forgot I had cancer. I forgot the stalking fear of recurrence. I soaked in the sounds of the river, felt my legs be all wobbly in the current and was surrounded by women just like me. I witnessed a "hatch" of insects one morning and millions of them buzzed around crazy like, highlighted by the sunrise. Beautiful.
This was 5 years ago, when my hair had just grown back in tight and curly. I still had my port.
This past weekend, I was blessed to be able to volunteer for the first time. I helped women get in and out of their waders, I handed out water, I dished out gobs of encouragement, and I watched
Them wade, fish, laugh and smile.. did they know how amazing they were?
Brave women was like looking in a time machine--back to my life 5 years ago.
I was anxious about casting, tying knots and actually landing a trout but I had let cancer killing chemicals
In my body? Could it be that I had forgotten in the mix of chemo/radiation/oncology appointments that I am
Fearfully and Wonderfully made?
I had an epiphany on the way home.
Reeling and Healing works because it's not about cancer.It's about living in it and through it. I always come back home excited and refreshed. My perspective shifts and I'm reminded that I am capable-I can learn new things
And have a great time
Their cry of "fish on" isn't so much about landing a brookie as it is about living and loving life--no matter what comes.
I am so grateful for these people and their hearts. They truly love fishing
but they also love people and it transfers to everything they do when you are there.
If you have a girlfriend in the storm of cancer, tell her about Reeling and Healing! -you will be
Blessed heaps and gobs!
If you are a girlfriend, in the eye of the storm, go.
|The classroom by the river; isn't it gorgeous??|