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June 20 – Open for Discussion

Hello Everyone. I so enjoyed reading all of the comments made on my blog during the trek, and deeply wish that I could have responded to every one. Unfortunately, time on the trail did not allow for that.

In this post, from my porch overlooking the river, I offer to respond to anything that is raised. Feel free to make comments or ask any questions you may have about the Camino, about losing a loved one, addiction, or anything that comes to mind. If you are thinking of walking your own Camino, I can give you my perspective and tell you what worked for me. I promise to respond to all.

If you would like to speak confidentially, please feel free to email me at deford2@icloud.com, the address that appears at the bottom of this page.

Thank you again for your support and love.

Trish

P.S. Some final, light-hearted photos from the trail.

23 thoughts on “June 20 – Open for Discussion

  1. Stephen Zoeller June 20, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Trish, I don’t know how you could have squeezed any more out of your experience. Your willingness to share so much of how your feel, exposing your feelings, has created an opportunity for those following your trip to share in your growth.
    From my experience I see that compassion is the path to healing addiction. Compassion for those who suffer from the disease and compassion for ourselves because of the guilt we feel. We love ourselves so that we can love others.

  2. Thank you Stephen. Compassion is critical in dealing with the disease of addiction.

  3. Hi Trish,
    At the suggestion of a Caron Family group member, I have been following your trip along the Camino. I looked forward to your daily posts. As a mother of two recovering addicts who are doing well as of this writing, I am grateful that our lives are back on track. I can’t imagine your pain with the loss of Sam. Thank you for your story and compassion for others! You are a model for us all.

  4. Dear dear Trish, I have followed you everyday . And my heart overflows thinking about your journey. I send you an enormous hug and love. Your strength is an inspiration to me. The power of one -the power of now!
    Rest and be grateful, my friend,
    Cindy

    1. Colleen,
      I send my best hopes and prayers for you and your family. I am so glad that your children are doing well. There is so much to be thankful for.

      Trish

  5. Welcome home mama! Can’t wait to be with you this weekend! You are an inspiration for all.

    1. Thanks Darlin’!

  6. Patty McGuigan June 20, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Love all these comments Trish… Walter and I hope you have found your “ peace “ and can somehow move forward with your incredible and sad loss ,your dear son Sam, but know how strong you as a family are – Your amazing son , Henry and nearest and dearest , your loving husband , John . Move forward and as strong as you are cherish your lovely family as I know you do , you all will be ok …. XX you have each other and “ what a great thing “ ! Blessed are you all …. lots of love ❤️

    1. Patty,

      Thanks to my most loyal cheerleader. I looked forward to your comments every day. I’ll miss you this summer. See you in the fall!

      Trish

  7. Cindy,

    Thanks to you and Lawrence for all of your support, hugs and love along the way.

    Trish

  8. Trish, there were so many moments early in your walk where you shared with us that you felt Sam’s presence. I loved hearing how he was with you along the way and even when you were physically alone at times, Sam was always with you spiritually and he always will be. I cannot thank you enough for letting us share in this incredible journey.

    1. Martina,

      Sam was my companion, my guide and my strength on this trip. You are correct, his spirit will be with me always. One of the things I learned on this trip was to give myself quiet time to listen and sense his presence.

      Thanks for sharing the journey.

      Love,
      Trish

  9. Trish, Thank you for making your walk available to a world wider than your immediate family and established friends. I have such respect for you in sharing your thoughts on your walk with us – and for choosing to offer support to CU where your son Sam studied and achieved so well.

    1. Doreen,

      Thanks for joining in and becoming a new friend. Your advice and support along the way are so appreciated.

      Trish

  10. Trish

    My two sisters, Hannah and I followed your walk every day. Quentin wanted an update all the time including how many miles you had walked and what you had done. We loved every minute of it. You were so brave to take this on. Your posts left me with tears in my eyes most days. I can’t begin to imagine the pain you felt when you lost Sam but, as I have said before, he will always be with you in spirit. You are one of my heroines.

    Brava Senora!

    love,
    Mag

    1. Dear Mag,

      Thanks for tuning in to the blog and brining your crew with you. I could feel you cheering me on every day. And, leaving those espadrilles behind in St. Jean killed me. They were so unusual. There were also lots of gorgeous Basque fabrics made into totes and other things. I wanted them all. Maybe that bodes for a return trip.

      Love,

      Trish

  11. P.S. – If I had come across those espadrilles I would have bought a pair or 2 even if they weighed 5 pounds a pair!

  12. Trish,
    My life is richer for having met you on the Camino. I loved the chats, idea sharing, walking, and meals together. I wish we lived closer so that we could break bread (okay, maybe not bread) together more often. I look forward to staying connected, whatever that might look like. Your love of life and love for your family is an inspiration to all who met you. From this day forward, Ultreia.

    <3 Micki

  13. Trish, I just stumbled across your post on Ivar to “SugarGypsy” about blogging on the CF. I have not yet, but will soon, digest your blog for ideas about the process and the CF in general. My wife and I hope to start our through-hike in SJPP in late Aug 2019. The reason for this post is to tell you how much I enjoyed your photos from the lighter side of your CF. The standout was the picture of the back of the backpack with pillow and huge bag of Cheetos lashed to the outside. What a hoot! Thanks!

    1. Chip, I think that is my favorite photo from the entire trip. Glad you enjoyed it. Obviously, that pilgrim overpacked! Who takes their pillow on a trip like the Camino? I did like her sleeping bag substitute, a blanket lifted from the airplane she flew in on. The perfect size and weight. She had many good tips, especially if you too are curious about the best way to transport your Cheetos.

  14. Congratulations, Trish. I knew you would make it, and I was sure that your journey would help you find new peace and new directions. Enjoy the memories and the new beginnings

    1. Judy, Thanks so much for the confidence and good wishes.

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