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Parallel Journey: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and Cancer Survivorship

Mt. Kilimanjaro climb teamBy Chasse Bailey-Dorton, MD

From my personal experience, the similarity between climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and the experience of cancer survivorship is overwhelming.

When you first hear the word "cancer," the immediate thoughts that run through your mind include "I can't do this," "fear," "overwhelmed," and "scared," which are recurrent thoughts during different stages of the route to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. The thought of death may even sneak into your mind as you assess some of the perilous portions of the Kilimanjaro climb, which is certainly a big part of the cancer experience.

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