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Update on Dave Bugg

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I have had contact with Dave Bugg on occasion and just yesterday I received a long email from him describing a recent health crisis he has been going through. Although Dave is a more introverted and private person, he has given me permission to share it publicly with forum members at my request. I will paraphrase a portion in order to condense, but also quote him directly.

Dave has been diagnosed with a life threatening disease and has just returned home to Eastern Washington state after spending six weeks at a specialty clinic in Ohio undergoing tertiary treatment. I do not know his official diagnosis.

Coming back home Dave found it a bit disorienting at getting centered, and he will need to travel back to Ohio to continue more treatments after his body has a chance to recover from this first grueling round of treatment protocols. He may need to be gone over Thanksgiving and Christmas if further surgeries are required and new treatment protocols added to the mix.

In Dave's own words...
"In reality, my chances for recovery are not so bright, but the arsenal of treatment options is good, so as long as I feel quality of life can be maintained I will keep up the fight. Right now, compared to last year when doing the Camino Ingles with Jill, the loss of physical capabilities and normalcy, as of today, is appalling to me. Even my dog, Sam, had trouble recognizing me at first glance.🙂"

Dave had planned to walk the Katy Trail pilgrimage route in Missouri with his son, Caleb, this fall, staying at a variety of lodgings along the way. If his health permits, Dave would still love to do that pilgrimage come spring. His impression is that as an alternative to a European Camino, it would be a grand adventure, and keep much of the familiar type of daily 'stages' as the Camino.

"I do hope that the option to go to Europe for Camino becomes viable for you again. I have not read the Forum for a while, but I do miss participating and interacting with Forum Friends like yourself. Given the direction God has taken my life recently, I ponder the thought of whether to re-join. . .
Pass on my good wishes to those on the Forum you are in contact with. . . I miss you all. 😀

My warmest Regards,
Dave"


I am posting with permission the email address he had posted himself on the forum last June should any one wish to say hello or let him know they are praying for him.
Dave1bugg@gmail.com
 

nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ourense to Santiago (2019), CF: (2014, 2004, 2002, 2001). On to Fisterra, (2002, 4, 14).
I have had contact with Dave Bugg on occasion and just yesterday I received a long email from him describing a recent health crisis he has been going through. Although Dave is a more introverted and private person, he has given me permission to share it publicly with forum members at my request. I will paraphrase a portion in order to condense, but also quote him directly.

Dave has been diagnosed with a life threatening disease and has just returned home to Eastern Washington state after spending six weeks at a specialty clinic in Ohio undergoing tertiary treatment. I do not know his official diagnosis.

Coming back home Dave found it a bit disorienting at getting centered, and he will need to travel back to Ohio to continue more treatments after his body has a chance to recover from this first grueling round of treatment protocols. He may need to be gone over Thanksgiving and Christmas if further surgeries are required and new treatment protocols added to the mix.

In Dave's own words...
"In reality, my chances for recovery are not so bright, but the arsenal of treatment options is good, so as long as I feel quality of life can be maintained I will keep up the fight. Right now, compared to last year when doing the Camino Ingles with Jill, the loss of physical capabilities and normalcy, as of today, is appalling to me. Even my dog, Sam, had trouble recognizing me at first glance.🙂"

Dave had planned to walk the Katy Trail pilgrimage route in Missouri with his son, Caleb, this fall, staying at a variety of lodgings along the way. If his health permits, Dave would still love to do that pilgrimage come spring. His impression is that as an alternative to a European Camino, it would be a grand adventure, and keep much of the familiar type of daily 'stages' as the Camino.

"I do hope that the option to go to Europe for Camino becomes viable for you again. I have not read the Forum for a while, but I do miss participating and interacting with Forum Friends like yourself. Given the direction God has taken my life recently, I ponder the thought of whether to re-join. . .
Pass on my good wishes to those on the Forum you are in contact with. . . I miss you all. 😀

My warmest Regards,
Dave"


I am posting with permission the email address he had posted himself on the forum last June should any one wish to say hello or let him know they are praying for him.
Dave1bugg@gmail.com

Thanks for beautiful write-up CC.

May @Davebugg find health, strength, love, peace, and light during this hour of quiet darkness.

Buen camino him.
 

kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2012
CP 2015
St Olavs Norway 2016
88T Japan 2017
PWC/VF 2019
Israel 2020 X
Wales CP 21?
KK?
VdlP?
I'm sure I can safely speak for many of us in wishing Dave all the very best as he navigates a different & difficult path. 💐
Hope he can regain strength during his convalescence, ready to face the next stage. 🤗
👣 🌏
 

martin1ws

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Somport to Finisterre Jul-Aug 2018; Munich to Lindau (Germany) Sep 2020
...
I am posting with permission the email address he had posted himself on the forum last June should any one wish to say hello or let him know they are praying for him.
...
Maybe it is good to make the mail address less robot-readable... something like "[hisname]1bugg AT gmail . com" so that davebugg does not get many spams because of posting the address here. If someone does not understand this "encrypted" mail he / she could still ask and get the answer in a personal message.
Or just share the info that you could share the mail in a personal message.

Thank you for sharing.
@davebugg, best wishes for your recovery!
 

Bristle boy

If not now...when? If not you...who?...........
Camino(s) past & future
2019
I have had contact with Dave Bugg on occasion and just yesterday I received a long email from him describing a recent health crisis he has been going through. Although Dave is a more introverted and private person, he has given me permission to share it publicly with forum members at my request. I will paraphrase a portion in order to condense, but also quote him directly.

Dave has been diagnosed with a life threatening disease and has just returned home to Eastern Washington state after spending six weeks at a specialty clinic in Ohio undergoing tertiary treatment. I do not know his official diagnosis.

Coming back home Dave found it a bit disorienting at getting centered, and he will need to travel back to Ohio to continue more treatments after his body has a chance to recover from this first grueling round of treatment protocols. He may need to be gone over Thanksgiving and Christmas if further surgeries are required and new treatment protocols added to the mix.

In Dave's own words...
"In reality, my chances for recovery are not so bright, but the arsenal of treatment options is good, so as long as I feel quality of life can be maintained I will keep up the fight. Right now, compared to last year when doing the Camino Ingles with Jill, the loss of physical capabilities and normalcy, as of today, is appalling to me. Even my dog, Sam, had trouble recognizing me at first glance.🙂"

Dave had planned to walk the Katy Trail pilgrimage route in Missouri with his son, Caleb, this fall, staying at a variety of lodgings along the way. If his health permits, Dave would still love to do that pilgrimage come spring. His impression is that as an alternative to a European Camino, it would be a grand adventure, and keep much of the familiar type of daily 'stages' as the Camino.

"I do hope that the option to go to Europe for Camino becomes viable for you again. I have not read the Forum for a while, but I do miss participating and interacting with Forum Friends like yourself. Given the direction God has taken my life recently, I ponder the thought of whether to re-join. . .
Pass on my good wishes to those on the Forum you are in contact with. . . I miss you all. 😀

My warmest Regards,
Dave"


I am posting with permission the email address he had posted himself on the forum last June should any one wish to say hello or let him know they are praying for him.
Dave1bugg@gmail.com
I have woken up to this heartbreaking and well written post. Thank you for posting it.
Some of the most helpful, humble and most informative posts were written by Dave. Long in.length and packed with useful equipment information trialled by someone with vast experience who knew what he was talking about.
I used to read Dave's posts avidly.....one of my camino/forum heroes.
I wish you well Dave...I wish you so much more.
 
Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
Thank you Dave and Chrissy. Its an old saying that a problem shared is a problem halved. In this case, even those of with lesser but similar diagnosies, can really feel for Dave. Brother you are in our thoughts. Chin up,. Cheers
 
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henrythedog

Loved and fed by David
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, (Madrid 2019 partial - retired hurt!) (more planned)
I have had contact with Dave Bugg on occasion and just yesterday I received a long email from him describing a recent health crisis he has been going through. Although Dave is a more introverted and private person, he has given me permission to share it publicly with forum members at my request. I will paraphrase a portion in order to condense, but also quote him directly.

Dave has been diagnosed with a life threatening disease and has just returned home to Eastern Washington state after spending six weeks at a specialty clinic in Ohio undergoing tertiary treatment. I do not know his official diagnosis.

Coming back home Dave found it a bit disorienting at getting centered, and he will need to travel back to Ohio to continue more treatments after his body has a chance to recover from this first grueling round of treatment protocols. He may need to be gone over Thanksgiving and Christmas if further surgeries are required and new treatment protocols added to the mix.

In Dave's own words...
"In reality, my chances for recovery are not so bright, but the arsenal of treatment options is good, so as long as I feel quality of life can be maintained I will keep up the fight. Right now, compared to last year when doing the Camino Ingles with Jill, the loss of physical capabilities and normalcy, as of today, is appalling to me. Even my dog, Sam, had trouble recognizing me at first glance.🙂"

Dave had planned to walk the Katy Trail pilgrimage route in Missouri with his son, Caleb, this fall, staying at a variety of lodgings along the way. If his health permits, Dave would still love to do that pilgrimage come spring. His impression is that as an alternative to a European Camino, it would be a grand adventure, and keep much of the familiar type of daily 'stages' as the Camino.

"I do hope that the option to go to Europe for Camino becomes viable for you again. I have not read the Forum for a while, but I do miss participating and interacting with Forum Friends like yourself. Given the direction God has taken my life recently, I ponder the thought of whether to re-join. . .
Pass on my good wishes to those on the Forum you are in contact with. . . I miss you all. 😀

My warmest Regards,
Dave"


I am posting with permission the email address he had posted himself on the forum last June should any one wish to say hello or let him know they are praying for him.
Dave1bugg@gmail.com

Best wishes to Dave.

I know it was at his request, but it’s always a shame to see his previous posts simply attributed to a ‘deleted member’. His thoughtful, detailed and informative posts on equipment, especially, deserve lasting credit.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Maybe it is good to make the mail address less robot-readable... something like "[hisname]1bugg AT gmail . com" so that davebugg does not get many spams
This is a secondary email Dave had set up especially for interaction with forum members. Thank you for your concern Martin.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF- Finisterre-Muxia 03/17; Camino SK 10/17; Norte 03/18; Ingles 11/18; Augusta 03/19
I have had contact with Dave Bugg on occasion and just yesterday I received a long email from him describing a recent health crisis he has been going through. Although Dave is a more introverted and private person, he has given me permission to share it publicly with forum members at my request. I will paraphrase a portion in order to condense, but also quote him directly.

Dave has been diagnosed with a life threatening disease and has just returned home to Eastern Washington state after spending six weeks at a specialty clinic in Ohio undergoing tertiary treatment. I do not know his official diagnosis.

Coming back home Dave found it a bit disorienting at getting centered, and he will need to travel back to Ohio to continue more treatments after his body has a chance to recover from this first grueling round of treatment protocols. He may need to be gone over Thanksgiving and Christmas if further surgeries are required and new treatment protocols added to the mix.

In Dave's own words...
"In reality, my chances for recovery are not so bright, but the arsenal of treatment options is good, so as long as I feel quality of life can be maintained I will keep up the fight. Right now, compared to last year when doing the Camino Ingles with Jill, the loss of physical capabilities and normalcy, as of today, is appalling to me. Even my dog, Sam, had trouble recognizing me at first glance.🙂"

Dave had planned to walk the Katy Trail pilgrimage route in Missouri with his son, Caleb, this fall, staying at a variety of lodgings along the way. If his health permits, Dave would still love to do that pilgrimage come spring. His impression is that as an alternative to a European Camino, it would be a grand adventure, and keep much of the familiar type of daily 'stages' as the Camino.

"I do hope that the option to go to Europe for Camino becomes viable for you again. I have not read the Forum for a while, but I do miss participating and interacting with Forum Friends like yourself. Given the direction God has taken my life recently, I ponder the thought of whether to re-join. . .
Pass on my good wishes to those on the Forum you are in contact with. . . I miss you all. 😀

My warmest Regards,
Dave"


I am posting with permission the email address he had posted himself on the forum last June should any one wish to say hello or let him know they are praying for him.
Dave1bugg@gmail.com
I will hold Dave in my prayers 🙏
 

JennyH94

Pilgrim in progress
Camino(s) past & future
CF - sections and whole (2012-2019) and part VF (2017)
Oh Chrissy - this is terribly sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his family at this difficult time. Dave has always given excellent advice and all the time and effort he put into the Forum is much appreciated by me and of course countless other Forum members.
He is a true pilgrim in every way.
I send him healing vibes and best, best wishes -
With love from Oz -
Jenny
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
I do not know Dave personally but we have shared a few pm's and I always enjoyed reading whatever he posted. We all know what great advice he has given all of us. I have also been able to ascertain that his private life seemed to be dedicated to helping others also. In my heart I feel that @Davebugg will be back with us one day. You are walking a different kind of Camino now and so much tougher than any we have walked in Spain. But I know you will get to Santiago stronger and with more purpose than ever. The wisdom you find on this Camino will be a great lesson for us all. Ultreia!!!!
 

MarkyD

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés 31/08/2018 - 20/10/2018
I have had contact with Dave Bugg on occasion and just yesterday I received a long email from him describing a recent health crisis he has been going through. Although Dave is a more introverted and private person, he has given me permission to share it publicly with forum members at my request. I will paraphrase a portion in order to condense, but also quote him directly.

Dave has been diagnosed with a life threatening disease and has just returned home to Eastern Washington state after spending six weeks at a specialty clinic in Ohio undergoing tertiary treatment. I do not know his official diagnosis.

Coming back home Dave found it a bit disorienting at getting centered, and he will need to travel back to Ohio to continue more treatments after his body has a chance to recover from this first grueling round of treatment protocols. He may need to be gone over Thanksgiving and Christmas if further surgeries are required and new treatment protocols added to the mix.

In Dave's own words...
"In reality, my chances for recovery are not so bright, but the arsenal of treatment options is good, so as long as I feel quality of life can be maintained I will keep up the fight. Right now, compared to last year when doing the Camino Ingles with Jill, the loss of physical capabilities and normalcy, as of today, is appalling to me. Even my dog, Sam, had trouble recognizing me at first glance.🙂"

Dave had planned to walk the Katy Trail pilgrimage route in Missouri with his son, Caleb, this fall, staying at a variety of lodgings along the way. If his health permits, Dave would still love to do that pilgrimage come spring. His impression is that as an alternative to a European Camino, it would be a grand adventure, and keep much of the familiar type of daily 'stages' as the Camino.

"I do hope that the option to go to Europe for Camino becomes viable for you again. I have not read the Forum for a while, but I do miss participating and interacting with Forum Friends like yourself. Given the direction God has taken my life recently, I ponder the thought of whether to re-join. . .
Pass on my good wishes to those on the Forum you are in contact with. . . I miss you all. 😀

My warmest Regards,
Dave"


I am posting with permission the email address he had posted himself on the forum last June should any one wish to say hello or let him know they are praying for him.
Dave1bugg@gmail.com
Noooooo, I hope he can endure the treatments and that it may all be worth the suffering to come out the other end with a new lease of life.
May he be blessed with strength and compassion to endure, and for all his family and friends too. It just goes to show how fragile life can be, one day it's there in all it's glory and possibilities, the next there is a challenge of life threatening significance. I am deeply moved by hearing this news about someone I have never met, yet feel a companion spirit reaches out from him to us and from us to him.
 

Bala

Veteran member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: SJPdP-Burgos, (2015); Burgos-Sarria (2018); Sarria-Santiago (2018).
Frances (2020)
I'm so saddened to read this news. Dave has been selfless and generous with his time, his expertise, and his concern for others. I always looked forward to his posts and found them filled with solid, useful information, but always with a warm and personal touch.

My prayers and best wishes offered for him. May his medical team find the effective treatment he needs.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I have been reading all the many replies written on this thread to Dave and they so eloquently express my own thoughts. I am so glad that he allowed me to share this news with this forum family and the many responses have brought me to tears. Each and every post speaks in some capacity of "who he is"...a remarkable man.
I quickly think of all the lengthy, helpful posts he has written, his trip to the Indian reservation to help during covid, and the many loaves of bread he enjoyed baking to share in the surrounding area where he lives.
 

Bristle boy

If not now...when? If not you...who?...........
Camino(s) past & future
2019
I have been reading all the many replies written on this thread to Dave and they so eloquently express my own thoughts. I am so glad that he allowed me to share this news with this forum family and the many responses have brought me to tears. Each and every post speaks in some capacity of "who he is"...a remarkable man.
I quickly think of all the lengthy, helpful posts he has written, his trip to the Indian reservation to help during covid, and the many loaves of bread he enjoyed baking to share in the surrounding area where he lives.
As I suspected...a man who walked the walk.
 

SEB2

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2015), CP (2016), part of Vasco (2019)
Thank you Camino Chrissy for posting this update and for the email address. I didn't know that Dave was ill, and saddened to read that he has a tough time ahead. Like many others here, I have always valued Dave's generous and informed posts. I will send him an email message of course, but will also light a virtual candle in the cathedral in Santiago. David posted this message several years ago but as I don't know how to paste a link to it I am copy pasting his information for any one else who wants to have a light burn for Dave in a place that means a lot to him.

'Hi all - now, you most likely already know about this but I have just discovered it.

One can light a candle in the cathedral - a virtual candle that burns for 48 hours - are asked to leave the reason why - and it is free, though you may make a donation. There are currently candles lit from people in 81 countries.

The main page states - "Lighting a candle is a gesture of spirituality around the world. Take a moment to think about your intentions for lighting a virtual candle: saying a prayer, honouring your loved ones who have passed away, in solidarity with a cause, a promise, a personal intention or to congratulate a friend."

go here - https://velas.catedraldesantiago.es/en '
 

Walton

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 Sjpp to Sdc. 2018 Lisbon to Sdc to Finisterre. Next up hopefully VDP or Del Norte.
Gee Whiz Dave - Hit me with your walking pole - this is not the news I wanted to hear.

Like many others here no doubt, I haven't had the pleasure of meeting you Dave but funnily enough I feel as though I know you as do many others on this forum.

Let me tell you that your very insightful posts, experiences and advice was with me for every step of the three Caminos that we've been lucky enough to be able to do thus far.

I always looked forward to your posts - you have helped many, many of us and for your help and advice, I thank you very much.

As you say, Dave. you have a fight on your hands and you are going to keep up the fight.

Please be assured that fighting with you in your corner are all of us collectively and when the going gets tough please feel the strength of our collective thoughts and prayers and our willing you through your treatment protocols.

I'll be thinking of you and hoping for an update from time to time and hoping that in time, you will be able to resume walking your Caminos. In the meantime, walking your beloved dog, Sam seems to be a good option to try to keep your fitness.

All the best for now

Graham
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF August to September 2016
I have had contact with Dave Bugg on occasion and just yesterday I received a long email from him describing a recent health crisis he has been going through. Although Dave is a more introverted and private person, he has given me permission to share it publicly with forum members at my request. I will paraphrase a portion in order to condense, but also quote him directly.

Dave has been diagnosed with a life threatening disease and has just returned home to Eastern Washington state after spending six weeks at a specialty clinic in Ohio undergoing tertiary treatment. I do not know his official diagnosis.

Coming back home Dave found it a bit disorienting at getting centered, and he will need to travel back to Ohio to continue more treatments after his body has a chance to recover from this first grueling round of treatment protocols. He may need to be gone over Thanksgiving and Christmas if further surgeries are required and new treatment protocols added to the mix.

In Dave's own words...
"In reality, my chances for recovery are not so bright, but the arsenal of treatment options is good, so as long as I feel quality of life can be maintained I will keep up the fight. Right now, compared to last year when doing the Camino Ingles with Jill, the loss of physical capabilities and normalcy, as of today, is appalling to me. Even my dog, Sam, had trouble recognizing me at first glance.🙂"

Dave had planned to walk the Katy Trail pilgrimage route in Missouri with his son, Caleb, this fall, staying at a variety of lodgings along the way. If his health permits, Dave would still love to do that pilgrimage come spring. His impression is that as an alternative to a European Camino, it would be a grand adventure, and keep much of the familiar type of daily 'stages' as the Camino.

"I do hope that the option to go to Europe for Camino becomes viable for you again. I have not read the Forum for a while, but I do miss participating and interacting with Forum Friends like yourself. Given the direction God has taken my life recently, I ponder the thought of whether to re-join. . .
Pass on my good wishes to those on the Forum you are in contact with. . . I miss you all. 😀

My warmest Regards,
Dave"


I am posting with permission the email address he had posted himself on the forum last June should any one wish to say hello or let him know they are praying for him.
Dave1bugg@gmail.com
Thank you for posting this information CC. I have wondered what happened to Dave. I too loved to read his information about varying Camino/walking issues. My prayers go out to Dave and his family.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF April 2016 April - Jun
Del Norte, Finesterre 2018 May - Jun
Best wishes to Dave and his family at this difficult time.
Was wondering very recently about him as I've missed his extremely informative posts and always marvelled at the time he put into them with so much care, patience and thoughtful help for everyone.
God bless for a good recovery from your illness Dave 👣💞
Thank you for sharing Chrissy
 

kelleymac

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
I have had contact with Dave Bugg on occasion and just yesterday I received a long email from him describing a recent health crisis he has been going through. Although Dave is a more introverted and private person, he has given me permission to share it publicly with forum members at my request. I will paraphrase a portion in order to condense, but also quote him directly.

Dave has been diagnosed with a life threatening disease and has just returned home to Eastern Washington state after spending six weeks at a specialty clinic in Ohio undergoing tertiary treatment. I do not know his official diagnosis.

Coming back home Dave found it a bit disorienting at getting centered, and he will need to travel back to Ohio to continue more treatments after his body has a chance to recover from this first grueling round of treatment protocols. He may need to be gone over Thanksgiving and Christmas if further surgeries are required and new treatment protocols added to the mix.

In Dave's own words...
"In reality, my chances for recovery are not so bright, but the arsenal of treatment options is good, so as long as I feel quality of life can be maintained I will keep up the fight. Right now, compared to last year when doing the Camino Ingles with Jill, the loss of physical capabilities and normalcy, as of today, is appalling to me. Even my dog, Sam, had trouble recognizing me at first glance.🙂"

Dave had planned to walk the Katy Trail pilgrimage route in Missouri with his son, Caleb, this fall, staying at a variety of lodgings along the way. If his health permits, Dave would still love to do that pilgrimage come spring. His impression is that as an alternative to a European Camino, it would be a grand adventure, and keep much of the familiar type of daily 'stages' as the Camino.

"I do hope that the option to go to Europe for Camino becomes viable for you again. I have not read the Forum for a while, but I do miss participating and interacting with Forum Friends like yourself. Given the direction God has taken my life recently, I ponder the thought of whether to re-join. . .
Pass on my good wishes to those on the Forum you are in contact with. . . I miss you all. 😀

My warmest Regards,
Dave"


I am posting with permission the email address he had posted himself on the forum last June should any one wish to say hello or let him know they are praying for him.
Dave1bugg@gmail.com
thank-you for posting, and thank you, Dave, for sharing. I have missed your posts and insights-- You are in my prayers.
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
Sorry to read the news but glad that it was shared. Also glad to read that there are treatment options and hopeful that they may be effective and provide a good quality of life for however much remains. Dave was always a hugely valued member of this community and his loss to us has been felt keenly. You quote him as saying "Given the direction God has taken my life recently, I ponder the thought of whether to re-join. . ." Certainly he would be most welcome were he to return. But, of course, especially in the new circumstances you describe, he will want to think carefully about how and where to spend his time remaining.

As, I suppose, should we all. For we all have limited time left to us.
 

Damico Walking

Ready, and waiting, to walk
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese coastal route May 2020 (not to be)
Portuguese coastal route TBD post COVID-19
Well, I never met him in person but feel I know him and have missed his posts since he left. This is indeed sad news and he is with me in my prayers. He will be walking with me in my thoughts when I finally get to the camino next year. I have hope that he will get better and will always welcome his posts, should he come back, even if on occasion.
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
I am hoping we are all mindful to keep Dave in the present tense
If this is referring to my post, references to Dave currently certainly belong in the present tense. All too unfortunately, references to his contribution and participation in the forums are in the past tense. Although he has given us a glimmer of hope that this may change. :)
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
C. Frances (Sept 2017)
Camino Portugues (June 2019)
Please tell Dave that, even he is presently not active on the board, his threads are still active. His long informational posts are still linked to when people ask related questions. He continues to be an important resource here and new people all the time write in to thank him for his information that was invaluable to them on their first caminos. I want him to know he continues to contribute on the forum in this way!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2017), Primitivo (2019)
If this is referring to my post, references to Dave currently certainly belong in the present tense. All too unfortunately, references to his contribution and participation in the forums are in the past tense. Although he has given us a glimmer of hope that this may change. :)
Thank you David... you are correct. I think all of us are wishing him the best
 

Marbe2

Active member
Camino(s) past & future
2015-2019 walked all or more than half of CF 7 times... CP recently cancelled by Covid 19!
“ I [Dave]I have not read the Forum for a while, but I do miss participating and interacting with Forum Friends like yourself. Given the direction God has taken my life recently, I ponder the thought of whether to re-join. . .
Pass on my good wishes to those on the Forum you are in contact with. . . I miss you all. 😀


Dave, we all certainly respect whatever you need to do at this time to take of yourself. I had a very rare type of Sarcoma 25 years ago, where only about 12 percent of people who contract it, survive. I withdrew for a while as I needed my strength to deal with it internally.

May I join the choir of pilgrims who appreciates your expertise, and even more your generosity, kindness,humility and spirituality. We would love you to return to the forum! There is a season, and a time, and we hope at some point you may be able to rejoin us! Love, Marlene
 

twh

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances May/June, 2018
Porto-Muxia-Finisterre Oct (2019)
Thanks for letting us know Dave is facing a medical challenge. He is in my thoughts and prayers as I put on the hiking shoes he recommended for my daily walk.
 
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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Yesterday I received an email from Dave Bugg and do not think he would mind me sharing this portion with all of you. Thank you everyone for you voices of encouragement and compassion expressed to him. All your replies have touched me as well.
I am quoting...

"I just finished reading the thread you started, and I am beyond words. I had no idea of the way so many Forum members viewed my participation. . . . it brought a flood of tears as I read through the posts, and from the wonderful emails. I feel undeserving and humbled by their outpouring.

I am grateful for your starting the Thread, Chris. . . the responses have truly lifted and brightened my spirits."
 

CarolamS

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese 2018
Camino Ingles, Caminos Muxia and Finisterre 2019
Thank you for this thread @Camino Chrissy it is good to get news of davebugg even if it's not the news we'd choose for him. As someone who has used this forum as my primary source of Camino related information I quickly appreciated all posts from Dave. Being helpful always underpinned what he wrote and I value his advice enormously.

I wish him the very best in this difficult journey he's now on and will certainly have him and his family in my thoughts and prayers.
 
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
Yesterday I received an email from Dave Bugg and do not think he would mind me sharing this portion with all of you. Thank you everyone for you voices of encouragement and compassion expressed to him. All your replies have touched me as well.
I am quoting...

"I just finished reading the thread you started, and I am beyond words. I had no idea of the way so many Forum members viewed my participation. . . . it brought a flood of tears as I read through the posts, and from the wonderful emails. I feel undeserving and humbled by their outpouring.

I am grateful for your starting the Thread, Chris. . . the responses have truly lifted and brightened my spirits."
Well, Dave, I always paid attention when I saw you had written something, because I knew it would be helpful. Please receive my warmest compassion and thoughts for a good outcome of the battle you are in now. I hope for a swift return to your family in here on the Forum. You are missed, and we want you back in here amongst your similar-minded. Warm regards from Arctic Norway.
 
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David

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Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
Yesterday I received an email from Dave Bugg and do not think he would mind me sharing this portion with all of you. Thank you everyone for you voices of encouragement and compassion expressed to him. All your replies have touched me as well.
I am quoting...

"I just finished reading the thread you started, and I am beyond words. I had no idea of the way so many Forum members viewed my participation. . . . it brought a flood of tears as I read through the posts, and from the wonderful emails. I feel undeserving and humbled by their outpouring.

I am grateful for your starting the Thread, Chris. . . the responses have truly lifted and brightened my spirits."

David, old chap ... it is about love you know. You are loved, cherish this.

You are in my prayers you old fart ;) , may the Good God bless you. ❤️❤️❤️
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino June 2018 from Leon to SdC. Plan Frances 2022, Porto Central-Finisterre 2023, LePuy-SJ 2024
I have had contact with Dave Bugg on occasion and just yesterday I received a long email from him describing a recent health crisis he has been going through. Although Dave is a more introverted and private person, he has given me permission to share it publicly with forum members at my request. I will paraphrase a portion in order to condense, but also quote him directly.

Dave has been diagnosed with a life threatening disease and has just returned home to Eastern Washington state after spending six weeks at a specialty clinic in Ohio undergoing tertiary treatment. I do not know his official diagnosis.

Coming back home Dave found it a bit disorienting at getting centered, and he will need to travel back to Ohio to continue more treatments after his body has a chance to recover from this first grueling round of treatment protocols. He may need to be gone over Thanksgiving and Christmas if further surgeries are required and new treatment protocols added to the mix.

In Dave's own words...
"In reality, my chances for recovery are not so bright, but the arsenal of treatment options is good, so as long as I feel quality of life can be maintained I will keep up the fight. Right now, compared to last year when doing the Camino Ingles with Jill, the loss of physical capabilities and normalcy, as of today, is appalling to me. Even my dog, Sam, had trouble recognizing me at first glance.🙂"

Dave had planned to walk the Katy Trail pilgrimage route in Missouri with his son, Caleb, this fall, staying at a variety of lodgings along the way. If his health permits, Dave would still love to do that pilgrimage come spring. His impression is that as an alternative to a European Camino, it would be a grand adventure, and keep much of the familiar type of daily 'stages' as the Camino.

"I do hope that the option to go to Europe for Camino becomes viable for you again. I have not read the Forum for a while, but I do miss participating and interacting with Forum Friends like yourself. Given the direction God has taken my life recently, I ponder the thought of whether to re-join. . .
Pass on my good wishes to those on the Forum you are in contact with. . . I miss you all. 😀

My warmest Regards,
Dave"


I am posting with permission the email address he had posted himself on the forum last June should any one wish to say hello or let him know they are praying for him.
Dave1bugg@gmail.com
My best wishes for Dave Bugg. Buen Camino
 

NorthernLight

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
I’ll add to the accolades and best wishes for a speedy and full recovery!

I own a Gossamer Gear backpack based on Dave’s various gear postings and personal PMs. Hopefully I’ll get to use it on camino in the next year.

🌻
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances sept-oct 2018
(Via Tolosana Sept 2020 - alas! deferred)

I have had contact with Dave Bugg on occasion and just yesterday I received a long email from him describing a recent health crisis he has been going through. Although Dave is a more introverted and private person, he has given me permission to share it publicly with forum members at my request. I will paraphrase a portion in order to condense, but also quote him directly.

Dave has been diagnosed with a life threatening disease and has just returned home to Eastern Washington state after spending six weeks at a specialty clinic in Ohio undergoing tertiary treatment. I do not know his official diagnosis.

Coming back home Dave found it a bit disorienting at getting centered, and he will need to travel back to Ohio to continue more treatments after his body has a chance to recover from this first grueling round of treatment protocols. He may need to be gone over Thanksgiving and Christmas if further surgeries are required and new treatment protocols added to the mix.

In Dave's own words...
"In reality, my chances for recovery are not so bright, but the arsenal of treatment options is good, so as long as I feel quality of life can be maintained I will keep up the fight. Right now, compared to last year when doing the Camino Ingles with Jill, the loss of physical capabilities and normalcy, as of today, is appalling to me. Even my dog, Sam, had trouble recognizing me at first glance.🙂"

Dave had planned to walk the Katy Trail pilgrimage route in Missouri with his son, Caleb, this fall, staying at a variety of lodgings along the way. If his health permits, Dave would still love to do that pilgrimage come spring. His impression is that as an alternative to a European Camino, it would be a grand adventure, and keep much of the familiar type of daily 'stages' as the Camino.

"I do hope that the option to go to Europe for Camino becomes viable for you again. I have not read the Forum for a while, but I do miss participating and interacting with Forum Friends like yourself. Given the direction God has taken my life recently, I ponder the thought of whether to re-join. . .
Pass on my good wishes to those on the Forum you are in contact with. . . I miss you all. 😀

My warmest Regards,
Dave"


I am posting with permission the email address he had posted himself on the forum last June should any one wish to say hello or let him know they are praying for him.
Dave1bugg@gmail.com
Thank you, Camino Chrissy, I have taken the opportunity you provided to email Dave separately, just to let him know how much his posts and wisdom have meant to me in my Camino journey.
But, I also want to join with others, more eloquent than I, who have expressed thanks to you for writing about Dave's challenges and courage. It all seems to provide the perfect image of that Camino Family concept we hear about, read about: here it is in action, we are all drawn together. Thanks to you and prayers for Dave.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014)
Camino Via Podiensis (2018)
Thankyou Chrissy for the updates and many best wishes to Dave and his family and hoping for a smooth journey to wellness. You are so missed on this forum, Dave. I too, read and looked forward to your so informative contributions learning so much more about shoes, foot care, equipment etc enabling me to make more informed choices. Take care, Dave, you are in our thoughts. Linda x
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
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Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
(Duplicate posting to one I made in Band of Trudgers)

When I was in touch with @Davebugg recently I promised him I'd leave a stone for him at the Cruz de Ferro on my Virtual Camino and here it is:

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currently residing here:

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And can be found behind the "Main Building"

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If you're visiting Canterbury UK, in real life or virtually, the coordinates are

51°19'35.71"N 1° 4'42.76"E

Buen Camino to all and especially to David
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
I have promised prayers for Dave, as for some others on the forum. Here is a photo of our mantelpiece with a variety of objects. On the left, a wonderful Celtic Cross, once owned by Berna, who is now flying around with all the saints on their new drones. Perhaps finally, they can have that eternal rest...and let the drones do the work😇. Next, three battery operated candles. They are the locus and the focus of my prayer list. I need the list, so I do not forget anyone. Too many times have I worried as to whether or not I blew out the prayer candle...
next, a framed picture of a holy cow. Not really, but another gift, from a fellow Scot. It amuses me to have it on the mantelpiece. In front, a little lamb, just because. A photo, it could have been taken on any Camino, but I do not know its provenance. Finally, a clock. A clock with its own story. When I began to work with asylum seekers, teaching English, I used to pretend not to know the time, to give practice in telling the time in English. Cut to the chase: at Christmas, the group gave me this clock. No danger of not knowing the time...
Al of the above, prologue to my commitment to praying for the return to health of Dave, and anyone else I have promised to pray for.
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David

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
If anyone would like to light a candle and say a prayer "in" the Santiago cathedral for David you can do it here for free -

https://velas.catedraldesantiago.es/en

Just click on "light candle" and on the next page there is room for your petition or prayer before you light your candle, which stays lit for 48 hours ... it is a beautiful website, peaceful.

we cannot be there, but in this way, we can be there .....

❤️ ❤️ ❤️
 
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Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
If anyone would like to light a candle and say a prayer "in" the Santiago cathedral for David you can do it here for free -

https://velas.catedraldesantiago.es/en

Just click on "light candle" and on the next page there is room for your petition or prayer before you light your candle, which stays lit for 48 hours ... it is a beautiful website, peaceful.

we cannot be there, but in this way, we can be there .....

❤️ ❤️ ❤️
In a recent email Dave said "I do miss all of you, and am grateful for all of your thoughts and prayers and wishes" so I'm sure this would be appreciated too.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
In a recent email Dave said "I do miss all of you, and am grateful for all of your thoughts and prayers and wishes" so I'm sure this would be appreciated too.
Thank you, Jeff, for sharing with us. I do hope Dave Bugg comes back to the forum.
 

hel&scott

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2004 St Jean - Santiago, 2008 &18 Seville - Finesterre, 2010 Ferrol - Lisbon, 2012 from Cartehenga.
In these crazy times we need more Dave Buggs then ever, he is a generous man who has shared his knowledge and love of walking with all of us, I suspect a reflection of his love of life and mankind. I too miss seeing his name feature prominently with the definitely researched and written answers and am still waiting for a compiliation of his advice to be published - Dave Buggs "Theory of Life & Footcare"

I hear echos of Scott in the original post and understand only too well the desire to maintain quality of life during this difficult time, how typical of him to be advising of local walks and planning his next triip. Dave you are a giant of a man even now as you blaze a trail we all will follow at some point.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF in sections 2019/2020
July 2 2020, just after the Covid lockdown was lifted, I came back to the CF to finish my Camino. I only had the guts because Dave Bugg gave me confidence with his wonderful analysis of superligth tent-possibilities. With just 550 grams extra in my backpack, as a back-up should albergues be closed, I made it to Santiago safely. Very grateful Dave, you really inspired me and gave me wings. I will light a candle for you🕯.
 

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