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Breaking Through Cancer Barriers With First Descents

Erin Havel | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Havel

It's never a good time to get away as a young adult cancer patient. We are students, employees, newlyweds, parents, and often in active treatment. However, taking advantage of opportunities presented to me, when they are offered, is a lesson I am currently focused on learning.

Letting Go of Fear: How Risking My Life on a River Helped Me to Live Again

Shelley Nolden | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Shelley Nolden

I yearn to scream, yet I must hold my breath. Even if I were to open my eyes, I would see nothing. I'm suspended in a vortex that overpowers my senses. I don't know which way is up. I have 45, maybe 60 seconds to figure it out, or I will die.

5 Reasons Why First Descents Should Be Called F'in Dynamite

Craig Stein | Posted 02.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Craig Stein

Missing a leg from extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma? A colon from adenocarcinoma? The ability to walk from meningioma on the brain? Well, hate to tell you, but no one is feeling sorry for you. First Descents is here to empower you to begin "outliving it."