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  1. KJFSophie

    Second Opinion Update Anniesantiago

    Shout if you need to ! " What cannot be put to words, can not be put to rest", so if you need to say it out loud to make peace with it all...I, and many others are listening. I like your new second opinion. And I like your tentative plan of starving that beast then pulling it the hell out of...
  2. KJFSophie

    Health Issues ☹

    Not quite cardiac issues, but I've walked against sound medical judgement a few times. ( shhhh.don't tell anyone ! ) I'm not sure if your 'treadmill' events were pushing your physical limits or simply 'walking' . I know many with pacemakers and such who walk everyday with great health benefit...
  3. KJFSophie

    Update on Anniesantiago

    @Anniesantiago ...thank you for your update. I'm so happy that you had such a wonderful notetaker and support with you on your visit. It's essential to have that. Options are infinitely better than having none, and it seems you've been given a few. Do you know why there are terrible scary...
  4. KJFSophie

    Minor Glitch Hopefully - Asking for Prayers

    ...and I still plan to keep you in my prayers night and day <3 Walk the good walk and know He is with you :)
  5. KJFSophie

    Minor Glitch Hopefully - Asking for Prayers

    Had both, lumpectomy and mastectomy and reconstruction. Took only Tylenol, never had a regret...clear in body and mind ever since. Had a girlfriend who opted for neither and it cost her, her inner peace. Until that lump was removed, as spiritual as she was, she knew it wasn't meant to be there...
  6. KJFSophie

    Minor Glitch Hopefully - Asking for Prayers

    @Anniesantiago , Annie, I do not share this little story with many, but I think you might find something in hearing it. Two years ago I made plans to walk the Camino Portuguese. 6 weeks before my planned trip, I tried getting out of my bed and fell to the floor with searing pain in my right...
  7. KJFSophie

    Minor Glitch Hopefully - Asking for Prayers

    Sending along a warm light and a hug...a wish that you are keeping yourself entertained and peaceful...your results come in a day or two and yes, you are very much still in my thoughts and prayers...look to the moon <3
  8. KJFSophie

    Minor Glitch Hopefully - Asking for Prayers

    Today! God's healing plan for you begins to unfold. Breathe softly, let a few refreshing tears roll down your cheeks...it's okay to be nervous. It's better to be 'strangely calm '. Picture clenching your fists around your walking poles when things get tense...they'll get you over those hills as...
  9. KJFSophie

    Minor Glitch Hopefully - Asking for Prayers

    I've been through this ...the waiting is not helpful, but I like to think of it like this : We don't want God to make some rush plan. We want Him to survey all of His best possibilities and give them a day or two to clear their schedule. He's got a fabulous care plan in the making for you Dear...
  10. KJFSophie

    Minor Glitch Hopefully - Asking for Prayers

    Blessings to you Dear Annie...a big part of the battle is grasping the reigns and it sounds like you've a firm grip now. All will be well... Take a peek at the moon, it will always be up there...and on it, I'll put a few hugs for you to take as needed. I invite all of our camino family to place...
  11. KJFSophie

    Minor Glitch Hopefully - Asking for Prayers

    @Anniesantiago Dear Lord, Today we all place dear Annie in Your care, and in the hands of those whom you have blessed with awesome medical knowledge, powerful healing adeptness, and unlimited compassion. Guide her through this new camino journey. Amen <3
  12. KJFSophie

    How psychologically healthy should you be to walk?

    " But I can always look forward to my next Camino" I love that you've said this. I tell my clients that the key to a healthy soul is always having these three things: 1) Someone to talk to 2) something meaningful to do 3) something to look forward to. It's our job to keep these three...
  13. KJFSophie

    How psychologically healthy should you be to walk?

    I am a clinical psychologist and registered nurse. I've walked several camino and have met dozens and dozens of pilgrims suffering with tremendous psychological pain ( loss from a death, loss of a relationship/marriage, loss of health, loss of job, family crisis, sexual abuse, etc ) We use the...
  14. KJFSophie

    Ok I’ll just say it...bladder leaks

    Indeed they do cost a small fortune, but in the long run you won't be buying endless supplies of pads that are both costly and not environmentally friendly....so it's a win-win ! BTW...they are also available on Amazon.
  15. KJFSophie

    Ok I’ll just say it...bladder leaks

    LOL I'm not shy at all...I'm a nurse! We have no modesty whatsoever and are not at all embarrassed about physical ailments/bodyparts...ask away!
  16. KJFSophie

    Ok I’ll just say it...bladder leaks

    @Mar Oregon I used to pack the entire supply and had to ship some of my things ahead because of those stupid pads. On several camino, I never found the 'right' pads for incontinence either in farmacias or stores. They had some from light dribbles and full on diapers, nothing in between. I did...
  17. KJFSophie

    Ok I’ll just say it...bladder leaks

    That was not my experience. There were products for severe incontinence, ie: diapers, but never found pads either in farmacias or stores ( and yes, I asked pharmacists and had pictures of Tenna & Poise pads on my phone )
  18. KJFSophie

    Has anyone experienced pneumonia and managed to walk the Camino still?

    Yes! As there are many types of pneumonia ( viral, bacterial, fungal ), some are contagious and would require containment as not to infect others...Good Point!
  19. KJFSophie

    Has anyone experienced pneumonia and managed to walk the Camino still?

    I acquired pneumonia on my first camino in 2014 on the CF...it was awful, but after antibiotics and a day of rest trudged along slowly with short days and distances. It really was not a fun week because of the pain coughing and difficulty breathing, but I got thru. As a nurse, I will tell you it...
  20. KJFSophie

    knees -- braces?

    I actually walked the entire Camino Portuguese with a tumor in my right knee...I had a prescription knee brace for at night, but walked using only KT tape. It was very easy to apply and carry. And many pilgrims I walked with benefitted from my supply. It is available in Spanish farmacias , but...
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