This is the first post in a recurring series on Badass Survivors.
Shortly after I was diagnosed, I came across a news story about Sarah Thomas, a breast cancer survivor who had just completed her 4th swim across the English Channel, becoming the first person to swim this nonstop 4 times. What. A. Badass. I once completed a 1 mile open water swim in the San Francisco Bay which was frigid and fairly challenging - Sarah swam 21 miles in over 54 hours, an insane feat and testament to her strength and perseverance!
As I adjusted to my new identity as a cancer patient, I clung to any news of women surviving cancer. I was in shock and awe at women not only surviving but tackling incredible feats as Sarah did. While much is uncertain during treatment and of course I don’t know what the future holds (neither do any of us, cancer or not), I found it reassuring and inspiring to read stories like these.
“This swim is dedicated to all the Survivors out there. This is for those of us who have prayed for our lives, who have wondered with despair about what comes next, and have battled through pain and fear to overcome. This is for those of you just starting your cancer journey and those of you who are thriving with cancer kicked firmly into the past, and for everyone in between. This is for our family and friends who held us in their arms and provided the strength and support we needed in the hardest times. This is for those who struggled alongside us, feeling our pain as if it was their own. I’m holding you all in my heart and swimming for our health and futures. We are stronger together, each and every one of us.” - Sarah Thomas