Warrior Stories

Why We Paddle

Through the strenuous demands of dragonboat paddling, we have learned that we can push the limits of our physical endurance and have fun doing it. We have grown stronger as individuals and as a group. We began as strangers with only our disease in common; now we are best friends and an emotional support network for each other, our friends, and our communities. Our dream is to continue to encourage all those living with breast cancer all over the world to live full and active lives.

Our dragon boat experience is helping our healing:

It helps us regain control of our lives
It shows our family and friends that we can live our lives the way we choose
It reminds us to make the most of every moment.
It creates a new state of wellness in each of us.
It demands the best of us both physically and mentally.
It helps us to overcome the loneliness of cancer.
It creates a safety net in the event of a recurrence.
It gives us pride in our accomplishments.
It shows us we can undertake strenuous exercise without developing lymphedema.
It enables us to move on with our lives.
It creates a new balance in our lives.
It encourages us to share our experience with others.

– Abreast in a Boat (Vancouver B.C.) website

Abreast In A Boat is a non-profit society whose goal is to send a message of hope to people living with this disease and to those who support them.