Today’s podcast episode is a really good one

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We’ve got Diane Cardwell, former New York Times reporter and author of Rockaway: Surfing Headlong Into a New Life, which is all about her decision, in her mid-40s, to learn to surf. It’s quite an inspiring episode, so do not delay: listen to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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    c.w.
    7 Jul 2020
    11:27am

    LOVED the podcast. When I was 59 I talked my daughter into going with me to Costa Rica where we spent a week at Pura Vida Surf Camp. Most of their surf weeks are WOMEN ONLY and all the instructors were women except for one lone guy who was super nice. I was by far the oldest participant, my daughter was 30 at the time and was second oldest. However, I got up on my first wave and rode the wave all the way into shore. I LOVE SURFING. Unfortunately, when I returned to Texas after my surf week I found out (3 months later as I was planning another surf trip) that I had stage three colon cancer––so, yes, I learned how to surf while my body was battling cancer (unbeknownst to me). It takes nine months to recover from the kind of surgery I had to remove the cancer and I never got back on a surf board because life got in the way although I long to do so almost daily. (Fortunately, I have remained cancer free) So if anyone wants to go on a trip to Costa Rica to surf camp let me know. I can’t wait to read Ms. Cardwell’s book. What a lovely inspirational podcast!! https://puravidaadventures.com

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      Pamela
      7 Jul 2020
      1:29pm

      When we can travel safely I would love a surf trip! I have tried it once and could see getting hooked, but unfortunately do not live close to the beach.

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      Mary
      7 Jul 2020
      7:30pm

      What an inspirational post, CW! I’ll remember your words.

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    Liz
    7 Jul 2020
    1:55pm

    Ooh, I’m excited for this one. My husband’s a surfer. I used to surf with him but watching Jaws as a kid really did a number on me, and I never could shake my fear of sharks. I would think about them the entire time I was out there.

    Also, my upper body strength sucked, and I would mostly just “catch” the wave after it already broke. Still fun, but it got boring after a while. Plus, we live three hours from the closest beach, and spending six hours in the car on one of the rare hot days in the PNW never really appealed to me. Putting on a wetsuit was a pain, too. I do love surfer style and the whole lifestyle, though!

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    Viajera
    7 Jul 2020
    12:01pm

    c.w. – I’m glad to hear you are recuperating and that you made it through what sounds like very significant treatment. I admire persistence.

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      c.w.
      7 Jul 2020
      12:56pm

      Viajera, I was very, very, VERY lucky. One surgery. No chemo. No radiation. And now cancer free for eight years (knock on wood). My only symptoms were weight loss and tiredness. Some guardian angel somewhere was looking out for me––that and a gynecologist who at my yearly pap thought my weight loss was “suspicious” and sent me to a specialist.

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        Mary
        7 Jul 2020
        7:33pm

        Me again. What an incredible story! How wonderful you only needed surgery.

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          c.w.
          8 Jul 2020
          6:45am

          Truly lucky. And I do thank the universe constantly.

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    nancy
    7 Jul 2020
    12:51pm

    i have really been digging your podcasts during the last few months. looking forward to this one.

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      nadine
      8 Jul 2020
      9:15am

      Same here! Every episode is interesting and special in their own way.

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    Barbara
    7 Jul 2020
    5:33pm

    Great discussion on the podcast! I just ordered Diane’s book. As an added bonus, the cover is amazing!

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