Month: May 2018

Journey to Spain

May 29, 2018

Finally, the day arrived to leave London for Spain. My heart was filled with excitement over the adventure ahead, as we drove to Heathrow airport, terminal 5. I tentatively keyed my booking number for Iberia Air into the machine. The code was rejected and I was filled with trepidation. Iberia Air Destination overrated Enjoy the […]

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The power of exercise

May 27, 2018

Warriors in pose Strong women fighting the unknown Lighting the shadows Here I am with the fantastic, courageous and fun women from the exercise class, run by talented physiotherapist Julee Binns. Despite dealing with the impact of surgery and chemotherapy; scar tissue, lymphedema, neuropathy etc. these lovely ladies enthusiastically follow Julee in her specially designed […]

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The journey begins

May 25, 2018

  Lovely friends look up Lone goose flys high in winter sky Cry fades, honk honk, bye Here are the courageous and inspiring women, from my exercise class held at Cancer Care in Christchurch. We are so fortunate to have physiotherapist Julee Binns taking our class and for the support of St Georges subsidizing the […]

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walking pole

The journey begins with one step

May 20, 2018

Tina Morrell who attends CWC Toastmasters with Sheila, has returned from her project with a mission. Trekking to Everest Base Camp, alongside fellow CWC Toastmaster member Bette Chen, and helping a local Nepalese family to rebuild their home and life after the recent Earthquake. For more information visit the ProjectEBC website here. Now she hands over her trekking […]

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Cancer Cancan #1

May 19, 2018

Dancing Around Cancer I was diagnosed on February 14th, Valentine’s Day, but there was nothing romantic about the result. There was no doubt I had metastatic cancer in my breast. While the oncology surgeon discussed my potential treatment, the nurse had tears in her eyes. I wondered was it worth putting my body through what […]

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My Way

May 12, 2018

My route is known as the Classic Camino Experience on the French path (Camino Frances) walking from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela at the end of the Camino. Santiago de Compostela is a wonderful UNESCO world heritage city. Sarria This is the most populated town on the French Way and a popular starting point for […]

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The Scallop Shell

May 11, 2018

The scallop shell has long been considered a symbol of the Camino de Santiago. The shell is seen on posts and signs along the route. Its relevance may have originally come from a desire for pilgrims to take home a souvenir from the shores of Galicia. Now it has become the symbol of myths and […]

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My Vision

May 7, 2018

Five years ago, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and I had chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed by harsh intravenous drugs for a year. I had three operations, including removal of all my lymph nodes under one arm because the cancer had progressed. The year I finished cancer treatment I watched a movie, The Way, […]

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