Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Missing Heidi While Building A New Life Without Her

I am really grateful for all the compassion and support these past 4 months since Heidi died!  Offline and online, family and friends have been wonderful.

My next cancer followup is due some time in March, for both my prostate and bladder cancers.

It's really hard to head out on a hiking adventure without Heidi, but that has proved to be the best medicine for my sorrow at her death.  I've sought God's companionship in the mountains on 18 hikes so far since Heidi's death.  And God's Spirit has comforted me greatly there.

I wanted to share with you two YouTube videos I uploaded of the latest hikes..

January 25, 2013 - my hike up Storm King Peak

January 18, 2013 - the Duckabush River Trail:

Thanks again for your support, for stopping by!


  1. Hi Joe:
    This is Jason from the Griff Creek trail on Saturday. I tried to send you a personal message but for some reason my email address does not work in your site forms. At any rate, I just wanted to let you know once again that it was a pleasure meeting you and feel free to contact me in the future if you're ever in Seattle and want to get a cup of coffee or grab lunch. My heart really goes out to you as you make sense of these new changes in your life and deal with your health. You're an inspiration to me for the strength and candor you showed on Saturday.
    Warmest regards,

  2. Joe, I'm new to your blog and deeply sorry that you lost your beloved Heidi. 22 years ago, both of my parents had cancer, diagnosed 6 months apart. My father died within a few months. My mother will soon celebrate her 80th birthday. My very best thoughts and wishes to you.

  3. Thank you Jason!

    And thank you Eileen - I am so sorry for you and your mother's loss at your father's death..

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  5. Hi Joe, I like your videos. I started hiking alone when my spouse became ill. He's been ill for years now, but I have really learned to enjoy hiking alone. I'm now fighting off people who want to hike with me so I can be alone in the woods.

    1. Hi Mossy Mom!

      I also find it is hard for others to understand the whole 'hiking alone' experience. I am so sorry your spouse is ill.

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