Sailing Heals for Cancer Patients in Manchester-By-The-Sea, Massachusetts

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I’m so happy to welcome July with open arms after a pretty slow June came and went very quietly. I’ll be traveling a bit more this month and will surely have some exciting stories to share later on! On the first of the month, the whole family and I took a very scenic drive up to Manchester-By-The-Sea, Massachusetts. It’s about an hour outside of Boston on the north shore. We were there for Sailing Heals, an organization that gives cancer patients and their loved ones a day out at sea.

In fall of 2015, my mother was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL). I remember her telling me on the phone one night after work. I haven’t really thought about that exact evening in a long time but I remember ending the call and bursting into tears seconds later. With so little details and only the word “cancer”, it was extremely scary. My mind had a million questions and I automatically thought of the worst. Fortunately, as we learned more and she started chemotherapy at Massachusetts General Hospital we began to feel much more secure considering the situation. A lot of long days in the hospital. Currently, she is in remission and much healthier.

During treatment, mom had joined a small group of women who all have or had cancer. My mom had a really hard time getting used to all the changes her body was going through during treatment and their goal was to exercise and get moving together. She had learned about Sailing Heals through one of the women who had taken part previously. When she had inquired about an upcoming event they were hosting, the founder, Trisha, graciously allowed all four of us to come along! The weather was perfect and it was a beautiful day to spend with Sailing Heals at the Manchester Yacht Club.

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Our host captains Sam & Sue took us out on their 38′ sailboat which was just absolutely stunning! My family is from New England including few coastal communities so it was wonderful to be out on the water. I could tell mom felt like she was in her natural habitat and she was visibly relaxing! Hanging around these little yacht clubs is just a reminder that it’s a very small world out here. It only takes a moment for her to find someone familiar with our family. Once your family has roots set in New England it’s hard to ever shake them off no matter where you end up in the world!

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Anthony also had a great time steering the boat! Sam was teaching him all about the sails and navigation symbols in the water which was so cute to watch. I think we have a future sailor on our hands! We didn’t really know what to expect when we arrived but it turned out to be such a fantastic day and a really well-organized event. I have not experienced a day like this with my entire family in so long. It felt so good to be with everyone, enjoy the sea, the moment and not worry about any chaos in our lives.

Sailing Heals offers completely free sails to the patients and their caregivers with sails out of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, South Carolina, Maryland, Florida, and California so far. It was such a fantastic opportunity and experience with my family. I highly recommend taking a look if you know someone who could benefit from this and enjoy a day at sea. You can also donate in honor of someone.

xo, Rebecca (Bex)

For more information: Sailingheals.org


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  • Theresa

    Written on July 7, 2017

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    This is such a thoughtful charity idea! It looks very relaxing to enjoy a day out at sea.

    • rebecca

      Written on July 7, 2017

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      It was really an amazing day, Theresa! And an idea so well executed!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Angela Tolsma

    Written on July 7, 2017

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    Your photos are lovely. What a fabulous company, that’s wonderful that they give back to people. I hope your mom is on the path to recovery.

    • rebecca

      Written on July 8, 2017

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      Thank you Angela ❤️ She has improved a lot since treatment!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    Written on July 7, 2017

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    I’ve never heard of this before, but it’s a wonderful program. Your photos are stunning! I’m sure that y’all had a wonderful day on the water. I’m glad to hear that your mom is doing much better.

    • rebecca

      Written on July 8, 2017

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      Thank you for your kind words, Joanna!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Amanda

    Written on July 7, 2017

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    What a beautiful experience! My mom also had cancer and it is so hard to see someone you love go through that.

    • rebecca

      Written on July 8, 2017

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      For sure, Amanda. It was really tough to see her at the hospital with all the machines hooked up to her. You develop a huge appreciation for the nurses and doctors that work on the floor! Best regards to you and your mom 💕

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Karen Morse

    Written on July 7, 2017

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    I think Sailing Heals is a lovely way to give patients a break from all the treatments. I’m sure your mom is going to be okay, she has all of you to support her fight against cancer. You guys just have to be strong for her. This was a day well spent for sure!

  • Terri

    Written on July 7, 2017

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    Sailing Heals sounds like a wonderful program. I am glad you had the opportunity to share out their good work.

  • Heather

    Written on July 8, 2017

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    What a wonderful day on the water. So happy to hear your mom is in remission. My husband works in cancer detection and education so it’s a big topic in our home. And sadly we’ve had many relatives with cancer, most recently my grandmother passed five years ago because of it.

    • rebecca

      Written on July 12, 2017

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      Wow, what a fascinating field for your husband to be in! I must say it’s a lot less scary once you have some answers or information attached to the word “cancer”. The scariest part was at the very beginning, not knowing any details. Sending my condolences to you as well and all my love!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Journa Ramirez

    Written on July 8, 2017

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    It’s so hard to see a family member suffer from cancer.. You have a good heart! Thank you for reminding everyone to have hope. 🙂

  • Cindy Ingalls

    Written on July 9, 2017

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    What a wonderful organization. Cancer treatment is difficult on the patient and the family so it’s nice to get away for a day and just enjoy the beauty of being on the water.

  • Blythe

    Written on July 9, 2017

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    I’m so glad to hear your mom is in remission. I know how hard it can be dealing with cancer as my mom is battling colon cancer right now. I also remember the day we found out. I was all prepared to comfort her yet I was the one who burst into tears.

    • rebecca

      Written on July 12, 2017

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      When she told me on the phone she appeared way more calm about it than me. I didn’t want to cry (she told me not to) but I couldn’t stop the tears either. Sending my love & good wishes to you and your mom.

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Debra

    Written on July 9, 2017

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    I love this so much. What a wonderful thing to do! I wish your mom all of the best in the world. Prayers for her.

    • rebecca

      Written on July 12, 2017

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      Thank you for your kind words, Debra <3

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Caitlin

    Written on July 9, 2017

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    What an absolutely wonderful organization! I’m so happy to hear that your mom is on the mend, and that you all had a great day on the water. I’ve had radiation at MGH for a brain tumor, and their oncology team does a wonderful job of treating the whole patient… SO many things change when you get cancer! Sending love and light to your family from a fellow Massachusetts gal! Xoxo

  • Rimsha

    Written on July 12, 2017

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    Wow this sounds like a lovely initiative! My mom and aunt have both been through this so I know how it can feel and how important it is for the patient and the loved ones to just get away from it all for some time. Glad you wrote about this <3

  • Krystle Cook

    Written on July 12, 2017

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    This is such great news about your mother. This also looks like such a great way to spend the day. I have only been sailing a couple times but loved it.

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