In our September issue, Simple Grace caught up with Edie Littlefield, the first person to walk the entire El Camino Real Mission Trail in 250 years. Here she shares how she found the courage to walk the trail after being told she had only three months to live:
In 2007, after suffering pain in her abdomen, Edie was diagnosed with stage IV gallbladder cancer. Fighting waves of terror and shock, the 55-year-old put her life in the Lord’s hands. “God told Job to pour out thy overflowing—be it fear, be it anger, be it heartache—in order to be filled with His grace,” she says. “That day, I poured it all out to God and He helped me accept this was happening and that I had to keep moving.”
With God at her side, Edie forged ahead and defied the odds, enduring intensive chemotherapy and multiple surgeries over five years. “I began to walk to counter the side effects of chemo, to quell my fear about the disease and to stay alive,” she says. “Some days I could hardly get out of bed. But if I was able to summon the energy to walk, I had less pain and anxiety. I knew God was walking beside me.”
"As I walked, each breath in became 'grace in' and each breath out became 'cancer out.' A thousand steps became a thousand prayers. And connecting with God that way is addictive!"
Read more about Edie's epic journey in our September issue, available on sale now at Walmart, Barnes & Noble, and grocery stores nationwide or digitally on Kindle and Nook. And be sure to check out Edie Littlefield Sundby's new book, The Mission Walker to read all about her incredible journey.