Yesterday, I tried tandem paragliding for the first time. I have done some pretty crazy stuff since getting diagnosed with a very dangerous brain tumor. I’ve written 2 books, started a nonprofit organization, traveled the United States speaking about “tumor thrivership”, walked 5Ks, attempted surfing multiple times, tried white water kayaking, and now I can add tandem paragliding to that list. I’ve always enjoyed challenging myself and pushing my limits. I like to think that I have stepped up to ALL the challenges that the brain tumor set up for me. Now it’s my turn to show that tumor “Who’s the Boss.” Paragliding was never even a thought in my mind, but when the opportunity arose… I was one of the first people eager to try it! The people at Torrey Pines Gliderport have been very supportive of the plight of survivors. By offering FREE flights for the survivors, it gave us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the world from a unique and different perspective. Being in the air was a calming escape from all the worries beneath us. The silence in the sky was disturbed by only the wind in the sails (and in my flight, probably the annoying/geeky questions I kept asking the pilot. hee hee) I wish I could have stayed in the air longer, but it was a well needed escape from my reality. I’m sure some of the other riders felt the same way. Here are some of their experiences. We recorded them right after their flight! I think the next session is in June. I encourage all survivors to partake in this unique experience. This is a great opportunity to experience life in a new way! Consider it your “initiation” into becoming a “mAss Kicker!” HAHAHA!
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