The Ordinary World



As featured on

The Hero’s Journey is a narrative template identified by writer Joseph Campbell. It is said to be the greatest story ever told because it has appeared over and over in some of our most beloved stories and movies such as Jaws, Star Wars, and my personal favorite, Thelma and Louise.  It is an overwhelming obstacle assigned to an un-wanting individual who must find the strength to endure and persevere.   

It is my story and the story of many cancer survivors.



This essay is a revised version of my April reading at the Bluebird Cafe, which was part of My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage.

Cancer Survivor’s Day

As shared June 5th, 2016.

Just because I like to overachieve, I couldn’t stop walking when I got to Santiago. I’ve spent the last four days walking to, symbolically, land in Finisterre on Cancer Survivor’s Day. At one time this place was thought to be the end of the world. It wasn’t. And neither was cancer for me.

So with extremely bittersweet feelings, this particular Camino ends here. 19 non-stop days of walking, 600,701 steps, 258 miles (415 kilometers), 2,392 floors, countless thoughts to process and a new forever friend. 

I am SO lucky and grateful in more ways than I can count.


I Made It to Santiago!

As shared on June 1, 2016.

Uncharacteristically speechless, so until I can properly unpack, I’ll just share the most perfect words my eyes have ever seen, which perfectly describe my Camino…

“Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.” (Jhumpa Lahiri)

Oozing with love, appreciation and gratitude for this experience and everyone who supported and shared in it.

Many stories to come on my Camino.

Moments after arriving in Praza do Obradoiro

The cathedral alter and botafumeiro