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My cancer camino

Bob from L.A. !

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
Hmm, it has been a tougher road than expected this week. I hardly slept because I had to sleep on my back (totally not used to that) and a couple of days ago one of my wounds got infected. Trying to get back on track with the help of sleeping pills and wound care.

Sorry to hear this, but remember there is no wound that time cannot heal. Please keep us all posted on your recovery and progress and know you have a room FULL of people here that are in your corner !
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Hang in there Luka.
It's a wrinkle, to be sure, so I hope you have good medical support through it all. There's much you can do to help healing along, sleep being an important part. So may you sleep well and unapologetically! ;)

We're here pulling for you too.
May you stay safe and heal quickly!
 

C clearly

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
Hmm, it has been a tougher road than expected this week. I hardly slept because I had to sleep on my back (totally not used to that) and a couple of days ago one of my wounds got infected. Trying to get back on track with the help of sleeping pills and wound care.
I hope that a couple of good nights' sleep will make all the difference in the world! Keep us posted!
 

Luka

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Camino(s) past & future
Pelgrimspad I, Via Monastica, Via Podiensis, Via de la Plata, Camino Francés, Camino del Norte...
A beer or a glass of hot milk with a shot of Rum (add sugar to your taste) would be better than sleeping pills ;)

Take care!
As a craftbeer lover I'll have to say this: alcohol is not a cure. I will drink a good beer after recovering from surgery to celebrate. Until that moment I'll stay alcohol free. :)
 

Luka

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Camino(s) past & future
Pelgrimspad I, Via Monastica, Via Podiensis, Via de la Plata, Camino Francés, Camino del Norte...
I‘ve been bunking on my sofa since my latest bone removal foot surgery - a bunch of nice pillows under my back and my surgery foot over the top of the sofa (Elevation) help me sleep every night with no pain. I have not taken any pain medication or anything for sleep Since I let the surgery center.

I don't like sleeping on my back so the pillows keep me slightly more upright and I am quite comfortable...not sure if this will work in your situation But even a slight elevation on your back might work better for you or on your bed surround yourself with giant pillows under your arms and with a slight elevation under your back —keeps you from rolling over on your side too

Not fun what you are going thru but this too shall pass.😍😊 you will come-out a fiece warrior on the other side 🙂
Yes, I do use pillows. As well as in my back as under my knees as a small one under my armpit (where the infected wound is). The result is that I wake up several times with back and neckpain. But I manage to sleep my way through the night on sleepingpills. Next stage will be getting myself through the night without.
 

Luka

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pelgrimspad I, Via Monastica, Via Podiensis, Via de la Plata, Camino Francés, Camino del Norte...
@C clearly will do!

Thank you all! I know time will heal. I am trying to hang on to that. I am not gifted with a lot of patience...
 

Lexicos

Jim
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
2017
Camino Portuguese 2019
Go easy and let the healing happen Luka. Everything else can wait. Plenty of time for other things.
 
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Iriebabel

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
@C clearly will do!

Thank you all! I know time will heal. I am trying to hang on to that. I am not gifted with a lot of patience...
Maybe this is your patience camino 🤔
The universe always gives us what we need at exactly the moment we need it !!!
 

Iriebabel

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
I know I'm off topic but I need 1M € right now. Do you have any idea when exactly the universe will deliver it? I could go on Camino in couple of days and even visit @Luka ;)
well this will hopefully keep @Luka smiling and keep her in good spirits.

The Universe answered, as with everything in life....patience Grasshopper (Kung Fu the series) and find a very rich sugar Momma (Daddy)😜

actually the universe said you don’t really need the million because you are already rich in spirit but if you have ingenuity and a good accountant anything possible 😃😉 been telling myself this for years, obviously I have a bad accountant 🤓
 
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Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
Hola @Luka. Yes that "post op" stuff can be a real bummer. I think I agree with the "no beer" late at night policy (you just have to pee more often); as for the warm milk and rum, mine would be with a tot of brandy.
Keep your doctor informed of any post-op infections. Buen Camino. ;):)👣🖖🚶‍♀️
 

Iriebabel

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
I know you don't mean it that way, but I don't need cancer. I prefer to accept that such a thing as bad luck exists in life.
Sorry for any misunderstanding my intent definitely was not to say you needed cancer... I was referring to your comment regarding “Not being gifted with patience”. I will not comment further except to wish you good luck with your recovery
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
Hey Luka! I just got on here after being off for quite some time and was so sorry to hear your news.
I know the shock of what you're feeling.
I just went through this myself - found my lump Christmas night, my diagnosis was in January, had a biopsy in February and a double mastectomy in April. I am feeling pretty back to normal now. Hang in there and please feel free to PM me if you have questions, concerns, or just want to talk. Lots of wonderful support here. You are in my prayers! Love and hugs,
Annie🥰
 
Camino(s) past & future
Primativo (2021)
I reached the first albergue. The hospital. Surgery went well and I am back home now. I am feeling quite well. Exit tumor :)
I would say you have crossed the Pyrenees. it’s a big, big step and the rest is a long slog with good days and bad days. The Camino is a nice metaphor for the journey you are on now.

Once my surgery was done I had a treatment roadmap that had its fair share of modifications once the journey was underway. Every cancer experience is different. Again like the Camino, but those of us who have, and still are walking a very similar path will have many shared yet unique experiences. Just know that you are not alone on this cancer journey and that at least one other fellow traveler is thinking about you and wishing you the best.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)

Lexicos

Jim
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
2017
Camino Portuguese 2019
I hope you’re healing and recovering well and now getting a much better nights sleep Luka.
 

Luka

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pelgrimspad I, Via Monastica, Via Podiensis, Via de la Plata, Camino Francés, Camino del Norte...
Thank you all, pilgrim friends! I am doing much better. The surgeon was happy about the way my wounds are healing now and I can sleep again on every side of my body. And the best of all: no metastases found in the lymph node they took out!

I have started to walk again. Did this little beautiful hike the day before yesterday.
 

AJGuillaume

Pèlerin du monde
Camino(s) past & future
Via Gebennensis (2018)
Via Podiensis (2018)
Voie Nive Bidassoa (2018)
Camino Del Norte (2018)
Thank you all, pilgrim friends! I am doing much better. The surgeon was happy about the way my wounds are healing now and I can sleep again on every side of my body. And the best of all: no metastases found in the lymph node they took out!

I have started to walk again. Did this little beautiful hike the day before yesterday.
Wonderful news, @Luka !
And knowing the lymph nodes are clear is fantastic! When my wife heard the same news, she was very happy!
Wishing you a prompt recovery!
 

Kazibar

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to SDC Sept 2015, Baiona to SDC May 2017, SDC to Muxia Sept 2018, Few bits VdP Sept 2019
One thing I learnt from chemo is that if the insomnia seems insolvable, I’m better to get up, make a pot of tea and move to my sofa.
 

Luka

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pelgrimspad I, Via Monastica, Via Podiensis, Via de la Plata, Camino Francés, Camino del Norte...
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Look what is hanging at my door? I just got this wonderful present from @LTfit today! To remind me every time when I go outside about that wonderful camino I am going to walk after my recovery. Thank you so much @LTfit!
 
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LTfit

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Look what is hanging at my door? I just got this wonderful present from @LTfit today! To remind me every time when I go outside about that wonderful camino I am going to walk after my recovery. Thank you so much @LTfit!

How nice to see! I'm pleased that you found an appropriate place for it. Sorry that I didn't respond to the picture sooner but I only thought to check this thread right now.

Good luck with the next phase (read your last blog post).

Un fuerte abrazo from rainy and grey Noordwijk aan Zee.
 

pepi

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013, 14, 16, 17, 18
"----Looking forward to the day I will be able to pack my bag again."
Just days after finishing my last Camino, two years ago, I found myself in the ER to have a big growth of cancer of the column removed. Two months later, still in convalescence, ER again; this time for a quintuple bypass.
What kept me alive? According to the docs, the strong constitution of my body system due to extraordinary (-Camino-) exercise. What gave me the strength and motivation to endure? Everyday reliving episodes of my previous 5 Camino's and a firm determination to get well enough to do one more. (Postponed to 2021 due to Covid)

@Luka, during the difficult time you're going through, keep packing your bag virtually in your mind! Focus on your next walk! It'll help you to beat that bastard. You'll make it.

Buen Camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
According to the docs, the strong constitution of my body system due to extraordinary (-Camino-) exercise. What gave me the strength and motivation to endure? Everyday reliving episodes of my previous XX Camino's and a firm determination to get well enough to do one more. (Postponed to 2021 due to Covid)
Egualmente. The last 12 years on the Camino have boosted my physical state.
 

haylesm

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 - el Camino Frances on foot
2021 - plan to repeat el Camino Frances by bike
I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I still have a lot of questions and the treatment hasn't started yet, but my life as I knew it has already come to a standstill. And I thought Covid-19 was bad... However I have no idea yet what is awaiting me and how (and if) I will get out of this, I have set a goal for myself: walking the camino again.

It will take a while, but it might help me to have something to go for. Just to be clear: I don't see cancer as a battle you can win or lose. It is all about luck. But I just need a shining light at the horizon. The only thing I can do right now is take care of myself the best I can. And write a bit here every now and then.

Looking forward to the day I will be able to pack my bag again.
Me too Luka (benign brain tumour in a crap location). I've recently had surgery for the part they can get. I agree with you - COVID-19 has barely been on my radar this year! My husband and I walked the Camino de Santiago together when we first met (he's Spanish and I'm Australian). We plan to ride the same camino together as soon as I'm fit enough again and when the world situation allows for it. Keep looking forward to the day you pack your bag again, see it in your mind every day and trust that it will happen. xx
 

Kazibar

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to SDC Sept 2015, Baiona to SDC May 2017, SDC to Muxia Sept 2018, Few bits VdP Sept 2019
Hope it’s going well for all of us on this cancer journey. Im now half way through my chemo. Third infusion was yesterday. Oddly I’m finding it easier with our uk lockdown. It’s like everyone is joining me in staying home whereas my last set of chemo was in the summer.

my ca125 cancer count is almost at a normal level After two infusions.

fairly optimistic I’ll be off to Spain in 2021. Days might be short but I’m thinking a month or six weeks. Camino..
 

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