Overcoming Grief & Snowboarding Therapy
Just a few months before I relocated to Canada, one of my dearest family members was diagnosed with cancer and was put under a new treatment trial. The day I got onboarded the long-haul flight leaving my home country, I was still hopeful that one day he would recover and we would meet again. Sadly, the trial didn't work and cancer took his life the following year. I wasn't able to see him for the last time nor gave him a proper goodbye due to COVID-related travel restrictions and quarantine requirements at that time. Grief, guilt and sorrow overtook me in the subsequent months.
Snowboarding was my therapy. While my mind was so focused on my riding and how to avoid injuries as my legs were no longer mine by the end of the day, it didn't leave much room for depression to kick in.
I was also inspired by the story of Max Parrot, a Canadian snowboarding champion fighting against lymphoma cancer, and then winning the slopestyle gold medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics. He is also one of the partners of LLS Canada (https://www.bloodcancers.ca/max-parrot)
Thankfully, God gave me a chance to meet the Winter Olympics gold medalist in person on the slopes at Bromont this year! He patted me on my shoulders and signed his name on my board :)
I would like to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. If you are kind enough to contribute, I could sing a song for you, or provide free consultation on how to get started in snowboarding no matter your age, gender, athletic level, etc. FYI - I completed the snowboard instructions training (level 1) of the New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance in 2019. I am also planning to take the Canadian snowboard instruction exam (CASI) this coming season.
Wish me luck, and thanks for considering sponsoring me.