Breast cancer survivor says fly fishing was her life-line

Posted at 1:49 PM, Oct 16, 2018

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Nashville's Angela Foster says fly fishing was her life-line. 

"That [water] sound is something amazing. It’s a healing sound. A natural healing sound," she said. 

Foster is a fly-fisher.

"My mom and my granddad -- they always fished," she said. 

She can look, initially, like a fish out of water, in a historically male-dominated sport.

"It happens so often and I'm always telling the guys, 'You know what, you’ll see when I fish. You’ll notice I’m a girly-girl. I love hair, I love make-up and I'm also a professional model. But I take my fly fishing very seriously," she said. 

Her love of fishing has taken her around the world, to Mexico and the Cook Islands, Australia and Alaska.

Then one day, cancer tried to take all of that away.

"I always just enjoyed my life and living life well. And taking good care of myself. But unfortunately things happen in life -- which it did for me. My mom passed away unexpectedly and then six-weeks later I was diagnosed with breast cancer which was a lot back-to-back. One of the things that helped me through the entire process was fly fishing."

Now in remission, Foster wants to share her love of the sport with others. She's the owner of Harbor Town Fly Fishing and she'll give you a one-on-one casting class.

"I’m just so thankful that I’m one of the survivors. I know that the process could’ve been something totally different. But I’m here. I’m here fishing. I’m here to cast this fly line and I want to show other people that you can get through it. I got through it. It doesn't matter if it’s cancer or you’re having a hard day at work. Fly fishing helped me and I know it will help others," she said.