IF I WALK, I LIVE. Dying of cancer yet staying alive
He has walked 13 million steps. And realised that every day is a gift. Andrea has made room for beauty. by Avvenire
Andrea Spinelli, diagnosed with an inoperable adenocarcinoma of the head of pancreas, in order to stay balanced and to keep the illness at bay, has chosen to walk.
“The word cancer is scary”, writes Andrea Spinelli, diagnosed with an advanced and inoperable adenocarcinoma of the head of pancreas since October 2013, “but it doesn’t have to be a taboo subject”. He has been living with it for five years, taking it one step at the time. Quite literally so, since in order to stay balanced and to keep the illness at bay he has chosen to walk. This ancient and natural way of moving around makes him feel good and has become a way to say thank you to life, in spite of it all. Andrea started with short walks between the house and the hospital, then gradually moved on to the great walking routes: Romea Strata, Via Francigena, Camino de Santiago, … There have been rough patches, the inevitable pit stops to get his strength back, to face the therapies and the dreaded check-ups. But the numbers on his pedometer keep going up and have now passed the 7000 km threshold. After all, he his “dying of cancer, yet staying alive”.
Subject: Practice / Self-help / Personal development
Andrea Spinelli, b.1973, was born and raised in Catania. Formerly a visual data journalist, he now takes every opportunity to go on walking trips, which he documents in his blog www.andreaspinelli.it and through pictures and texts posted on social networks. He is often invited to share his story with the public, and recently took part in an international conference dedicated to pancreatic cancer, organised by the Associazione Nastroviola.