I met a nice lady recently, she will be a student of mine soon. She is a cancer survivor and still getting her strength back following her treatment. I offered to work with her one on one over as many days as it took for her to complete a class at her level of strength and comfort.
I've never endured the rigors of serious cancer treatment, my bout with C was relatively minor and caught very early, requiring surgery only. I spoke with a friend of mine who is a cancer survivor and she explained to me the vulnerability she felt, physically weakened by chemo; thin, frail and bald...she felt like a walking target. Hearing that really made me think. I haven't walked in those shoes, but I've been on crutches, my ability to respond compromised. I tried to imagine that feeling times 10, or more likely, 100. It was frightening and offered me a partial insight into the challenges of recovering from a serious illness.
Instructors need to give these people the gift of patience, time and caring...working at their pace to help them not only learn to shoot, but to gain comfort, confidence and empowerment.
Those who are recovering, please don't be afraid to let us know that we may need to spread the training out over a longer period of time, let us work with you, help you, and show you the respect you have earned for you have survived your fight and now are facing a new fight, the fight to regain your confidence, your strength and your empowerment.
Be safe, be strong and be patient.