Inaugural Retreat Held for Military Women with Breast Cancer
In Spring 2017, Casting for Recovery teamed up with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) to hold a retreat exclusively for female disabled veterans and active duty military women who have experienced breast cancer. Thirteen women, representing the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, came together on April 21-23, 2017 at Harman’s Log Cabins in West Virginia to support one another and experience the peace and serenity of fly fishing.
The participants came from all over the U.S. and ranged in age from 36 to 66. Medical and psychosocial sessions supported women navigating issues related to their military and cancer experience, such as treatment options, side effects, PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and depression. Fly fishing served as an outlet for coping with the challenges of these topics, and provided a simple, authentic connection with nature.
Huge thanks to BAE Systems, Harman’s Log Cabins, Fly Fisherman magazine, Yeti, Costa, and Cheeky Fishing for sponsoring this inaugural retreat. This retreat program is the first of its kind in the country, and Casting for Recovery is currently making plans for expanded retreat opportunities for military women in 2018.
“Being with other veteran women that have been/are fighting breast cancer helps me connect to people that understand what I am going through. Through our shared experiences it made it easier for me to ask questions about my condition and not be judged.” – 2017 retreat participant
2017 Female Military Retreats:
April 21 – 23, 2017
Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins, Cabins, WV
**apply by March 24, 2017**