At the 2013 Fargo event, we had the opportunity to meet women behind inspiring stories of health: mental, physical and emotional. Meet Karyn.Active & Adventurous Healthy Role Model Karyn
Karyn Hanson is active and adventurous in life, and as a former teacher, she is used to challenges. So when she was given a 15 – 20% chance of survival from third stage ovarian cancer, she accepted the challenge, and took that as a number to beat! After two surgeries, a summer of chemotherapy and the loving care and prayers from friends and family, now… 18 years later, Karyn can say she beat the odds.
She believes you live for the future, not the past. Despite the loss of her son at age 4 and being widowed at the young age of 59, she’s found that keeping adventures on the horizon brings the blessings of life into perspective. Since her husband Phil’s death, she’s traveled to 48 countries, checked many items off her bucket list, and challenged her comfort zone with activities like: outrigger canoeing, horseback riding in the mountains, snorkeling, hot air ballooning over the Nile, zip-lining in Costa Rica and is loving the thrills of new places and new friends.
An avid duplicate and party bridge player, she also enjoys mah jongg, tennis and golf, several times a week in her winter Arizona community. And again as a former literature teacher, she enjoys crossword puzzles, picture puzzles and loves to read.
A tapestry on her bedroom wall reads, “Every day is a gift from God.” Karyn’s church, her college, her faith, and her friends have made her life richly blessed and she celebrates every day.
As an avid golfer she is ready to accept the challenge or adventure on any golf course in this outfit!