The Camino is not just a simple trip, but consists of learning experiences that involve transformative learning. Pilgrims develop confidence and independence and undergo the examination to discover their true selves, the trust in others, and the behavior-oriented approach for individual change after the travel experience. The Camino leads to the experience of nature, freedom and philosophy of self-esteem. Therefore, the Camino of Santiago has increasingly become a sign of confidence and overcoming for those who need to change their mindset and overcome challenges in their life.
12 patients treated for breast cancer of Infanta Leonor Hospital in Madrid started their Camino last 22nd of September, they walked the last kilometers of the Camino from the town of Vilalba in Galicia. The goal of these brave women is to create a deep experience of coexistence among each other so that they can share their personal experiences and improve their self-esteem and send a message of hope to those waging a brave fight against cancer. They want to show that breast cancer is not an obstacle to lead a normal and active life walking 125 kilometers of the Camino de Santiago. This challenge belongs to the third edition of the Camino of Hope , which began in 2012 with great success.
The 12 patients did not walk alone, they were walking with medical personnel as a medical oncologist, a gynaecologist, two nurses, a psychologist and a physiotherapist, all related in some way to the pathology. In addition, the entire group was supported all the time by a minibus where their backpacks and medical supplies were taken.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Buen Camino to our 12 brave pilgrims!