I served briefly in the Navy but was discharged due to a pulmonary embolism. I reached a point where I couldn’t deal with pain anymore. My husband and I decided to purchase a swim spa so I would be able to exercise in water. At that point my doctor referred me to Rec Therapy to start to get active. This was a life changer for me I lost over 25 pounds and started to be active.
At a cross country ski trip Sandy T. told me about TRR and told me to check it out. I was scared to death to be in a kayak even though I was a good swimmer at this point. I decided to try it out and loved it. I was definitely afraid of whitewater kayaking and never thought I would do it. After doing a couple pool sessions and pond sessions. I felt a little better but still nervous about being on a river.
Sandy and I were chosen to go on a leadership kayaking trip on the San Juan River and had a great time. Through TRR I have been able to overcome my fears and built confidence in myself. I also found that even though I might live with constant pain if I’m on the river and nervous about going through rapids I am not thinking about my pain.