Unexpected Journeys

We’re all on this journey called life.  Along the way, there are adventures and experiences we get to choose, create, and share with others.  My course lead me to a life at 71˚ North of the Equator and “Experience North Cape” evolved out of a desire to share this amazing arctic region with others around the world.

As in all of our journeys, we don’t always have control of what lies around the next bend.  My recent post, Arctic Sun, holds a clue as to why I’ve been out of the blogging world for quite some time.


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My scarf is the outer part of a Jonas thermal mask.  Inside is a mask with a steel filter that warms the air and helps with breathing.

The short and to-the-point version of the story is that this non-smoker was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015.

Our lives were turned upside down in an instant, and we’ve been navigating our way through this unexpected journey ever since.

Radiation and chemotherapy treatment worked well on the 5 centimeter tumor in my right lung, and the spreading to my mediastinal lymph nodes. And my current biological therapy has kept 7 brain mets from growing larger the past 7 months.  One day at a time, as the saying goes.


So, I’ve decided to take up blogging again.  I don’t know which direction it will take.  Unexpected journeys lead to uncharted territory, but I’m still along for the ride!

All the best,






About ekhaugli

I'm Erica from America living at the top of the world - North Cape, Norway. I'm an artist at Once Upon a Dream Studio, nestled in the picturesque fishing town, Honningsvåg. http://www.onceuponadream.no In 2014 I started and environmental art project, One Step at a Time, concentrating on removing trash from or arctic shoreline.
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21 Responses to Unexpected Journeys

  1. Sue A Edstrom says:

    And we’re on this journey with you…all the way

  2. annahergert says:

    Erica, so good to see you blogging again. Welcome back!

  3. Elly Koster says:

    Hi Erica, it’s a long time since we met each other in your gallery and I don’t know if you remember me, but that doesn’t matter. It’s quite a shock to read how you and your family have to travel through difficult times. It’s like you say: we don’t always have control of what lies around the next bend. But we can make the best of it by accepting the help of people who care about us. Sometimes we need some encouraging or sweet words to give us a boost. And sometimes these words cause joy and hope and sometimes tears. I hope you will find somehow the strenght to carry on.

    2015 seems to be a strange year, because that year I was diagnosed with colon cancer which had spread to lymph nodes. After removal of a tumor I did get a double dose chemotherapy, but, yes, I’m still along for the ride too!

    I hope we will meet again once, which means my husband and I have to travel far to the north, but it also means you and I still travel around through life and that is a good prospect.

    I’m now waiting for the results of a medical. They have found a spot somewhere in my body that doesn’t belong there. It’s means stress, but we always hope for the best and if you know you’re surrounded by people who can help you to face everything what’s coming your way, it’s more bearable.

    Dear Erica, we never know which direction we are going, but I wish you and your family all the best, all the luck, lots of love and a beautiful, ever rising sun on this journey ♥

    I look forward to your blogs!

    • ekhaugli says:

      Hi Elly! Well, I’m just as shocked and saddened to hear of your unexpected journey. I do remember you. In fact, oddly enough, just 2 days ago I came across the book you wrote and gave to me when you and your husband were here. I wondered what you were up to. I’m sorry to hear you’re on your own cancer journey. I know the stress of going to a new medical exam, the waiting, and the unknowns. I hope the results turn out well. Let’s keep in touch. We’re also planning a trip to Amsterdam this year. How far are you from there? Maybe we could meet for lunch or a coffee? my email is erica@onceuponadream.no. Klem fra meg ❤

  4. Richard Rogerson says:

    Erica, I was so pleased to see you had started blogging again and posting wonderful photos – I did wonder why you had stopped but never thought this would be the reason. Our very best wishes to you and your family. I can only echo what Sue above has said – we are all with you and will support and follow you on your journey.

  5. Chris says:

    Hello Erica, I’m sending all best wishes to you as you travel the road of recovery from your cancer. Keep your faith and remember that God is watching over you along with your family and friends.

  6. Pat says:

    My heart is aching on hearing your news – but so excited to see you blogging again. My prayers will be with you and hope you will take us along on your journey as you feel up to it both physically and emotionally. I have found writing helped me through so many tough times. Looking forward to reading many blogs in coming years, Erica.

    • ekhaugli says:

      Thank you, Pat. It’s good to start writing and taking photos again. I appreciate your prayers and I know I’m not alone in this journey. Looking forward to seeing what you’re up to as well.

  7. thirdeyemom says:

    Glad to have found your blog. I can’t remember when I signed up but the post came through today and I read it. What a trying journey. Both of my parents have been through cancer and it is very very hard. But both are survivors. So glad you are back to blogging. Looking forward to your journey.

    • ekhaugli says:

      Thanks for your encouraging words. I also don’t remember when I started following you, but as I revisited your sight I’m inspired by the work your doing and look forward to following your journey as well.

  8. seekraz says:

    Well, I am especially glad to see you here again…goodness….

    Wishing you the best, Erica….

  9. Steven Tze says:

    Glad to see back to blogging again Erica. I was wondering if the gallery had taken up the blog time, but now we know it’s something entirely different. All the best to you and your family as you continue to reach positive milestones.

    • ekhaugli says:

      Thanks Steven, it’s good to be back. You actually were right, in the beginning it was the gallery taking time from blogging, and then the other took over. It’s good to be taking photos and writing again. Looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to. All the best! Erica

  10. Cindi says:

    Erica, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you navigate this difficult part of life’s journey. Warm hugs!

    • ekhaugli says:

      Thanks Cindi. It’s nice to hear from. I have also been away from the blogging world. I see you have as well and that you’ve moved back to the States to spend time with family. Congratulations on being a grandma! How wonderful 🙂 I hope the transition back to the States has gone well. Are you thinking about blogging again or are you blogged out? All the best. Takk for nå. Klem 🙂

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