In 2016, Jess Wedel of Oklahoma was diagnosed with cancer. She fought hard, undergoing several surgeries and months of treatment. Luckily, she didn’t have to fight alone; her mom, Valari Wedel, was by her side every step of the way.
The mom and daughter are incredibly close. They share a love of the outdoors and mountain climbing, routinely traveling to distant peaks to plant their flag at the summit. So when Jess was declared cancer-free, she was eager to get back out in the wilderness.
What better way is there to celebrate a second chance than scaling the world’s highest peak? Jess and Valari started a hard journey up Mount Everest of the Himalayas, as soon as the passage was opened in the spring of 2021.
The two of them agree that they made the journey for more than just another feather in their cap. They are hiking as if each day is their last, because for a while, it seemed that death was a very real possibility. While they hoped to be successful and become the first American mother-daughter team to reach Everest’s peak, it was always more about the journey than the destination. “It feels like part of our healing was coming into the mountains and being able to enjoy each other and have fun and just live life,” Jess said.
难句剖析undergo/ ˌʌndəˈɡəʊ/ v. 履历；经受 例句：My mother underwent major surgery last year. 我母亲去年动过大手术。 scale/ skeɪl / v. 攀缘；到达……极点 例句：He has scaled the heights of his profession. 他登上了他事业的巅峰。 a feather in one’s cap声誉；成就；值得自豪的事 例句：Winning the debate competition was a feather in his cap. 赢得这次争执赛是他的声誉。 They are hiking as if each day is their last, because for a while, it seemed that death was a very real possibility. 她们徒步旅行，似乎每一天都是她们的最后一天，由于有一段时间，殒命发生的可能性似乎异常大。as if指导方式状语从句，意为“似乎”；because指导缘故原由状语从句；that指导表语从句。 Unfortunately, on May 11, it all became too much for Valari, who is 61 and has asthma（哮喘病）. 不幸的是，在5月11日，对于61岁高龄且患有哮喘的瓦拉里（Valari）而言，这一切都变得难以遭受。who指导非限制从定语从句，修饰Valari。