Regular followers of this blog know that on September 3 Richard and I flew into Lisbon to embark on the Camino to Fatima, and hopefully beyond.

Sadly, 28 hours after our arrival, a tumble over an unseen piece of construction caused this to happen: 2 broken bones and 3 stitches. We hadn’t begun hiking yet. Medical advice was to return home within a week and a half to assess if surgery is required.

After taking 4 days to rest, make new plans  and leisurely explore Lisbon (okay, and to eat lots of Portuguese food) Richard felt up to condensing our walk into Fatima and combining it with the Superwalk that we had planned to do in support of Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson Canada Superwalk

Richard’s brothers, Bob, is afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease but has never once lost his positive attitude or his faith. On Day 2 of our Camino (September 9) we planned to join thousands of Canadians as they walked to raise money and awareness of Parkinson’s Disease.

Heartfelt thanks to all who have been supporting us through this time. Your messages of concern and encouragement have meant a great deal. We are also incredibly grateful to all who have generously donated to Parkinson Canada in support of this walk. If you would still like to contribute, you can do so here:

Richard and I fly back to Vancouver tomorrow morning. Our lesson learned from this Camino? You cannot always control wildcards that come your way, but hopefully you can choose how you respond.

Published by Retirement Reflections

Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. I hope that you enjoy reading these reflections, and will be willing to share your own.
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