No matter what you think, it’s worth itMarch 23, 2011
Coming to the Retreat is a big step and here are some things you might expect from this experience:
- Some people might be shy and just absorbing the experience and not have too much to say all the time.
- Some people will share everything about their journey.
- The environment you are in is very safe on all levels.
- There is no judgement.
- You will laugh, cry, laugh some more, and cry some more.
- You will make real connections to a community of individuals who understand and get what you have and are going through.
As a survivor, I attended my first Retreat in 2007. All I knew was that I would be bunking with a bunch of strangers for four nights and wasn’t too sure on what was going to come out of this. I had a lot of apprehension but felt excited at the same time.
I was ready to come home after the first night, no doubt. I am so glad I stayed because it has lead me on this path to give back. I saw how we, as strangers who have come together to share this journey, made each other feel supported and safe. And that weekend showed me how safe and supported I was and the apprehension I was feeling shifted to this feeling of acceptance to a growing community that I knew I was going to be a part of for a long time.
As my interest grew for YACC I knew that I wanted to do more. I was asked to be a supporter for the 2008 and 2009 Retreat, and now again at the 2011 Retreat. Having this opportunity has allowed me to grow as an individual and I have gained wisdom, character, and more love and understanding beyond the few words I can write.
My cancer journey became clearer after I came home from my Retreat, and showed me a solid direction to give back to this growing community. I love everything about YACC and what it represents and I love the people who make these experiences happen behind the scenes.
Cheers as we Live, Love, and Laugh