Destination: Life–My Cancer Road Trip
My whole life changed in September of 2019, when I was diagnosed with Stage IV non small cell lung cancer. Lung cancer is the deadliest form of the deadliest disease on the planet. I thought it was over for me. Here’s the beginning of my journey, from the journal I started in October of 2019.
It ain’t over ’til it’s over.
So, I have this really weird “pulling” feeling in my neck. When I lift my head, there it is. Though I have been hiking for ten years now, I’ve never really felt this before. But hey, I’m used to having stuff slung across my body, straps rubbing against each other, against skin, across bones. Not making too much out of it.
I’m traveling in some of my most beloved places on the globe, and, in fact, road tripping through my favorite place of all—Southern Utah. Exploring new trails, enjoying unique experiences, even though I’ve been here many times. Branching out! I don’t have time to worry about the new little pain. I might miss something!
I get there via New Mexico, where I drive the Turquoise Trail again for the first time in many years, and Colorado, where I finally fall in love with the state after several visits, and while I eliminate two more national parks in my quest to hike all sixty. After awe-inspiring trekking in Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Great Sand Dunes I have thirty down, thirty to go! Never thinking that my next road trip, my next national park, is cancer.