When doctors told a Montrose Woman her cancer that had been in remission for nine years was back, she set her mind to change her life and in the process cure herself of the disease.
With that idea in mind, and some very loving family support along the way, her journey began. From the start of this epic pillgrimage Inge Cheatham was not expecting a miracle and cancer is not something to take lightly.
What began as a journey was her own revolution against all the doctors, and everyone else for that matter, who said this was not a good idea. Words like "crazy" and "stupid" were thrown around but Inge was committed.
She said "no" to chemo, instead choosing a grueling 488 miles, one step at a time. With the rolling hills, small Spanish villages and crystal clear streams, the Camino De Santiago at times allowed her to forget the tumors in her body.
By her side for this journey was an unlikely companion. At age 16, Carrie Lane didn't really know what to expect. Along the way these two formed a bond, something five weeks on a trail tends to do to people.
This trip was no vacation. There were tears and bloody feet, but they say making the final few steps was worth it. At the end, a final act of defiance was when Inge left her tumor x-rays at the base of a cross, something people who make this unbelievable pilgrimage have done thousands of times before her.
Now the tumors are shrinking. Doctor's can't explain it. The Camino de Santiago has been around for about 1,000 years and began as a Catholic pilgrimage walk from western France, over the Pyrenees through Spain, but now is walked by people of many faiths.
To find out more about Inge's journey visit CaminoNotChemo.com