I ponder what I will get out of the 2 weeks in Peru AND what I will give to others. For myself, I am at a crossroads it feels. Still off work, wanting to go back, yet wonder how if I do, how will I get done all that I want to do?
I have a lot on my plate and sometimes feel overwhelmed. So many exciting projects. But something is missing. Perhaps on this trip I will catch a spark of light that will show me path...
I happened, at the local market, to run into a display of beautiful music from Peru!
Watch a small clip I took here!
Sociedad Misionera Santiago Apostol
Avenida Pedro de Osma 428
Barranco, Lima 4, Peru
At some point after I was diagnosed with brain cancer (glioblastoma) in 2004, Noam (twin brother) gave me a calendar he and Julie made from their trip to Peru!
15 years later, I am now going!
Feb 23 I collapsed. Eventually saw the neuro surgeon Dr. Toyota. On the 22nd I was looking into buying a car. I wrote at some point "Toyata" on the 23rd (see calendar below)...was that related to see him or to the make of the car I was going to buy?? I think I intended to get a Mazda, but of course, that never happened.
The colonial city of Lima, Peru, located on cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, serves as your urban home for the two-week Peru Odyssey program. Your mornings will be spent volunteering with community-based projects in Villa El Salvador, a residential community on the outskirts of Lima, or supporting locals impacted by cancer, while your afternoons will include cultural events, activities and group sessions designed to explore the emotional impact of cancer and envision how you want to reimagine the next chapter of your life.
In addition to the volunteer placements, everyone will have the chance to meet with one of our local oncology partners for a story session that weaves together the challenges of facing cancer – no matter where you live. Then, on the weekend, we will travel to the Sacred Valley for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca citadel high in the Andes Mountains! As with all A Fresh Chapter programs, you will receive the support of our dedicated A Fresh Chapter team before, during and after the trip.
I look forward to this epic adventure!