Sandy and Me on the San Juan

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.