Karen Roberts and Dana Simpson discovered that chronic illness shifted their life goals, careers, and physical awareness. Each found her own way, but both found solace in life-changing journeys across open plains and toward distant summits.
Their friendship began as a conversation over email, after being introduced by the headmaster of Dana’s middle school. They laughed, cried, and encouraged through word and story. In the other, they found a partner who could acknowledge and empathize. Each had been through the darkness of disease and emerged more whole. This collection of essays was inspired by their daily writings.
The authors hope to awaken readers to take time to self-reflect, connect with the healing powers of Nature, and gain an appreciation for the need to be gentle with one’s body and mind during illness and recovery. Whether an outing to a local park or a trip across two continents, the themes encompass the resiliency of the human spirit and the ability of two courageous women to overcome major health challenges.
Accompanied by exquisite photographs, Journeys: Healing Through Nature’s Wisdom is a record of travels by foot, on land, and in spirit. Mr. Hauf’s photographs offer a poignant window into these transformative moments.
I am in this body all alone. No one can travel with me. In the everyday of social media and traffic jams, cell phones and checkbooks, I tie myself in knots of impatience and confusion. I lose contact with nature’s wisdom. That is when I fear my aloneness and where my disease might take me. […]
There is something about travel that enables certain conversations and encounters that invigorate life. I want to thank the people I met on a recent trip abroad. Many whose names have been forgotten, but the experiences we shared will not be lost. In an airport cafeteria in the Galapagos, a young woman with a guitar […]
Physical attraction. Women never think we have enough of it. For a woman with MS, this fear is even worse. We know, at times, our body is deformed; weakness traps us. We will fall. Being uncomfortable in our own skin makes relationships extremely difficult. How can we cross the line of intimacy? How can we […]