EP 290 | "The Mission Walker" feat. Edie Sundby


What can I say about this weeks guest? There are so many reasons to love and admire Edie Sundby, and I was honored to spend some time hearing her amazing story! 

Around 10 years ago, Edie found herself in a doctors office complaining of back pain. She’d just sent her children off to college, and was looking forward to embracing the empty nest and beginning a new business venture with her husband. She was active and social. She even ate primarily organic foods. On the outside, Edie was the picture of health and wellness. But on the inside, vital organs were being attacked by what she soon discovered was stage 4 cancer. The cancer had spread at an alarming rate, covering her body. She was told she had 3 months to live. 

To anyone who’s been diagnosed with a terminal illness, or knows someone who has, we can all testify it is an absolutely traumatic experience. Edie took her diagnosis and made peace with it. But after awhile, she decided to try her own form of therapy. In the midst of 79 rounds of chemo, and 3 radical surgeries, Edie began walking. 

Edie soon expanded her walk to the 800+ mile El Camino Real Mission Trail, a trail that connects the 20 missions across California. This trail had not been walked in its entirety in over 200 years, making 64 year-old Edie’s completion of the walk not only record-breaking, but miraculous. 

On this episode, Edie and I discuss why she chose walking, what the trek involved, the emotions that follow terminal cancer, and how she found God in the desert. She truly is a remarkable person and a great storyteller. Edie’s mission is to be an ambassador of hope, and to share her story of healing and freedom to those in a season to pain. Her book, “The Mission Walker” details her journey and you can find the link below! 

A few takeaways from this episode: 

  • Whatever happens in life, don’t give up your sense of meaning and purpose.
  • When we start to MOVE, we’re not as afraid.
  • When you’re handed a negative diagnosis, do you best to live outside of your illness. 

Alright, I don’t want to give away too much, so settle in and scroll to listen below! You don’t want to miss a second of this incredible interview with the unstoppable Edie Sunday! 

Eric Nordhoff