The aim of this study was to use an ethnographic case study approach to explore breast cancer survivors’ experiences scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro from a posttraumatic growth perspective. Three breast cancer survivors who participated in interviews and observations during a nine-day climb on the mountain were included in this study. Findings are presented first as three individual case studies and then offered as a cross-case analysis to emphasize themes that illustrated the women’s shared experiences of growing from adversity. Participation in the climb on Mt. Kilimanjaro provided an opportunity for the women to (a) nurture priorities, (b) foster self-belief, and (c) cultivate connections. Future research should conduct investigations into the role of physical activity as a facilitator of the posttraumatic growth process.
Breast Cancer, Posttraumatic Growth, Physical Activity, Lived Experience, Women’s Health, Case Study
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Burke, S. M., & Sabiston, C. M. (2012). Fostering Growth in the Survivorship Experience: Investigating Breast Cancer Survivors’ Lived Experiences Scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro from a Posttraumatic Growth Perspective. The Qualitative Report, 17(16), 1-19. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol17/iss16/2