breast cancer

El Camino de Santiago and the 10 worst mistakes

June 12, 2018

The 10 worst mistakes I made walking El Camino de Santiago in Spain 1. First mistake walking for 6 days instead of longer because ‘after 10 days everything is easy’ . So the long term, long distance Pilgrims say . Then again, they are the ones still alive at the end to tell the tale. […]

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El Camino onward # 6

June 10, 2018

…I see some graffiti sprayed on a wall in Spanish. I can translate everything but the last word. I ask a party of Spaniards and they translate for me. Marina’s husband says it’s long she says it’s wide . Life is short but wide Or Life is short but long There is truth in both, […]

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El Camino onward #5

June 9, 2018

I rose early, opened my book of reflections . A little ragged now , the edges of the booklet have crinkled with the rain. It falls open with a quote by Cicero. Nothing is too hard for him who loves Today I have decided to carry my boots and hope my ‘worlds most comfortable shoe’ […]

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El Camino onward #2

June 7, 2018

By 8.30 am we had left the little town of Portomarín on the hill . I stamped my El Camino passport at the church and walked down hill to the bridge and on to Palas de Rei . The path climbed up through forests of Pine, we passed small pinnate Oak trees ,friendly Broom bushes, […]

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El Camino begins #1

Finally I arrive in Sarria. It was the day before I was to begin my 120 kilometre walk to Santiago de Compostela, on El Camino de Santiago, on my own, although not alone.  What will the next day bring ? I opened up a booklet I had brought with me containing reflections and prayers and […]

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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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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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