Lornet Turnbull

Hiking As Medicine

By September 16, 2021

The cancer diagnosis felt like the ultimate betrayal. I was a healthy, active, middle-aged woman who seldom got sick. In the summer of 2020, I learned I had cancer in my lungs though I’d never smoked a day in my life. Nothing had prepared me for this. I instinctively began thinking through all the things I felt I would no longer be able to do on this new path suddenly laid out before me: Hiking was near the top of that list. In the 16 years that I’ve lived in Seattle, I have discovered an unquenchable passion for the…