I kept my husband's illness quiet for quite a long time before announcing it to just a few. We manage the condition fairly well but recently he decided he wanted to try to do some of his favourite walks whilst he still can.
He has always been super fit- running, squash, dancing, walking, cycling were regular activities. This made his diagnosis with the illness an extra shock. Seven years into the illness, how would he manage doing a small mountain walk?
Despite my reservations, yes of course I would support him. It would just take some extra careful planning. Why not?
Today was the day. How would we get on with it? Did we succeed?
Reader, read on.
Thank you. Good wishes and also prayers are a huge boost to us in our battle to the end.
It looks like a pleasant, life-enriching hike. I should hike more often myself. Best of health and luck to you and your husband!
The week before the climb we exercised as much as possible, walking, badminton, dancing, aqua aerobics. The day before, we did a nine mile flatish walk. On the day, I informed people where we were going, took 3 fully charged mobile phones, water, mint cake and wore really strong hiking boots.
YES … Braithwaite is in the 3rd to last shot on the left hand side in the distance. We walked from there then up the mountain.
Thanks for the tip about UK forest bathing and no ….
My husband and I are both in our 60's - The photo next to this comment was taken just a few weeks ago. That is me! But I am FREQUENTLY mistaken for my late 30s/ early 40's.
Veronica, I'm sorry to hear about your husband's diagnosis but impressed with what you all are doing, such as going on his favorite walks.
Where did you all do your preparatory 9-mile flat walk? Is Braithwaite in the last 3 distance shots at the top, the route down and the barrow? That's really great advice about turning and looking back during stops on mountain hikes. In your unphotoshopped pictures, you and your husband look like you're in your 30s or 40s.
This is unrelated, but I meant to say about forest bathing -- which is supposed to be immune system- and memory-enhancing -- that Dr. Li puts England's New Forest and Wistman's Wood, Ireland's Killarney National Park and Scotland's Caledonian Park among the world's 40 beautiful forests for practicing shinrin-yoku (forest bathing).
TY so much Dusty. It is just "life's big adventure"- " the hand of cards life has dealt us" . I don't talk much about it. We just get on with it. I am hugely proud of him. It was important to do a flat walk today after yesterday so he didn't seize up. As our excellent BSG and your lovely self have said, I hope people are inspired and encouraged.
Very good about your skunk story. We don't have them in UK.
Regarding my photos. TY We are fortunate to live fairly centrally in the UK. If you find Manchester on the map you will see that we have fairly easy access to most places including UK's most stunning and scenic locations. When the subject matter is so good, the photos follow. Also we are in NW England which is without doubt the most beautiful part.
Veronica, first I am sorry to hear your husband is ill, but what bravery and strength of spirit to climb a mountain in spit of it. Congrats on the successful hike. I think a hike without any problems of any kind to be successful, whether you make it to the top of a mountain or not. My son and I (he was only 10 at the time) were hiking a small mountain in New Hampshire once and turned around because I smelled a skunk! Not a success... hahaha...!
I love, love, love your photos! I just cannot get over the wide open spaces you have all around you when you hike. And going down is always more difficult than going up, IMO. I will be sharing this story, as it is so encouraging.
I have always been surprisingly sure footed when out hiking. Although I took him up a mountain, I myself am confident up there. I have mountain walked all my life
TY. As always the photos are of my own taking..... and I never photo shop them other than cropping .
BSG.... thank you so much: what lovely words . I hadn't thought about being inspirational. He wanted to try it I supported him . …
and we did it.
Frank true about going safely ….
I was prepared to turn back that s for sure.