The Mission Walker: I Was Given Three Months to Live....
: This story is not about avoiding death, but living life. Immerse yourself in the amazing story of 62-year old Edie Sundby, who, after being told she had 3 months to live, walked 800 miles instead through the California...
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This story is not about avoiding death, but living life.
Immerse yourself in the amazing story of 62-year old Edie Sundby, who, after being told she had 3 months to live, walked 800 miles instead through the California wilderness. Averaging 14 miles a day and stopping at life-giving missions along the way to revive her body and her soul. She followed that with another 800 mile walk through Northern Mexico to the California border. With fading strength and only one lung, she carried her mortality in every step and in the process opened up a profound communion with God and his creation. In her first walk, she was duplicating the trail of Father Junipero Serra, a Franciscan missionary in the mid-1800's who established nine missions between San Diego and San Francisco. The second walk through Northern Mexico is one of the toughest in the western hemisphere and mirrors the path taken by Jesuit missionaries fleeing persecution. It is a story of triumph, of harrowing adventure, and of spiritual enlightenment.
And all of this with a terminal cancer that was chasing her every step of the way. It still is, and she continues to walk with it every day.
For me, walking is a transcendent physical/emotional/spiritual experience, like dancing. "If I can move, I am not sick."That is my alternate reality. And I believe with all my will in that reality. So when cancer strikes (or in the throes of battle) I believe that if I walk I will live; when I stop I die.
And I didn't just survive. I have lived every second since. I have walked 1600 miles and braved the inhospitable Mexican desert. Because life is not meant to just be survived.
Life is the greatest adventure there is. Why stop your adventuring when knowing the end is near?
This book will not only connect with readers through her bravery and authenticity but also through the adventure itself and the lives of spiritual trailblazers who forged the path many years ago.
Edith Littlefield Sundby was born the second youngest of twelve children on an Oklahoma cotton farm without electricity and running water. After working odd jobs in rural Oklahoma, she spent a year abroad in Australia as a Rotary Exchange Student. Upon her return, she paid her way through college selling Bibles door to door in Tennessee. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oklahoma, she became one of the first female sales executives at IBM and spent twelve years working there before becoming a Vice President at Pacific Bell in San Francisco. She and her husband then relocated to San Diego, where Edie gave birth to twin daughters before becoming VP of Sales at an Internet start up company. She and her husband had just mortgaged their house to start a new company when Edie received a diagnosis of stage four gallbladder cancer, and was given less than six months to live. Now, nine years later, despite 0.9% odds, and after almost one million milligrams of chemo radiation, and liver, lung, colon, and throat surgeries, she is vibrantly alive, and the only person to have traversed the historic and largely unmapped 1600 mile Mission Trail that spans from Loreto, Mexico, to Sonoma, California.??