Michelle, in spite of your good attitude in having to end your Camino much earlier than planned, I feel very disappointed for you and sad to hear this news! I hope you have a speedy recovery back home and I wish you well wherever your new direction takes you.
However, it only seems that I am down when I am really not. God and the Camino proved to me I can walk 100 km. After that, it is going to be a toss up. When parts get weakened, they are not going to last longer without putting up a fuss, and that is part of us learning to listen to our Body.
For me, this is part of the success of my Camino. The most important thought that came to me, after climbing down from Alto de Perdon is, "Intelligence is nothing without capability." This will mean different things to different people, and is meant to. The only thing it is never going to be is an insult.
Beyond this, I have found the Heart to begin refresher studies in Calculus and Differential Equations as a precursor to beginning a Batchelor's degree in Astrophysics, a dream I have had all my life. My greatest dream is to complete a doctorate and work at the Perimeter Institute with some of the greatest minds in Astrophysics.
As for the Camino, I plan to begin in Ireland next year by walking the required 25 km there and then walk the Camino Ingles to finish in SdC. And if I need to, I can walk 5 km a day, LOL.