Tannis Mark Six years ago, my son Mark was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer called pseudo myxoma peritonei. It is a mucous form of cancer which leaks out of the appendix and takes up space between all the organs in the abdominal cavity. If caught early it can be cleared away using the sugarbaker technique. The medical team was superb, but the cancer was very advanced. They had to remove his large bowel, part of his small bowel, his spleen, and part of his pancreas. A second bout led to further surgery and the discovery that nothing more could be done. So now he is on long term disability with a minimal income.
Last February I visited when Mark was supposed to start his chemo. We watched a film called The Way with Martin Sheen about walking the Camino. I’ve long thought I would like to do this as a spiritual journey and Mark said he would like to try it. We asked his Mom, who like me is retired, and she has joined us. His brother David would also like to join but unfortunately he has to work. My husband, Gerald, considered coming but also has to work, his last year before retirement.
My retirement was at the end of June, and the parish I was serving gave me a purse toward the trip. So between that and air miles, Tannis and I could afford to cover the flights.