Edie Littlefield Sundby was born next to the youngest of twelve children, in Caddo County Oklahoma on a cotton farm.
Growing up in rural Oklahoma, she dreamed of being a cowboy, and picked cotton for two cents a pound, sold Grit Newspapers (“America’s Greatest Family Newspaper”), worked as a carhop for forty cents an hour, and at the weekly newspaper, where she did everything from clean toilets to write a weekly column.
To pay for college, she worked as a door-to-door Bible salesman in Tennessee, a janitor, a philosophy journal proofreader, and a librarian.
After a stint in corporate America, working as a sales executive for IBM, and an area vice president of Pacific Telesis, she became a technology entrepreneur.
When she was diagnosed with stage 4 gallbladder cancer and given three months to live, after 79 rounds of chemo, 4 major surgeries, and losing her right lung … she was still alive! In thanksgiving and gratitude – and to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually – she walked the 1,600-mile El Camino Real mission trail that spans from Loreto, Mexico, to Sonoma, California.
She and her husband live in San Diego, and are the parents of two children. She is still alive, and still walking.
Her articles have appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal – The Walker and the Saint
The New York Times – Walking 800 Miles Away From Cancer
The New York Times – Living Longer Than Predicted
VIDEOS OF EDIE: (click to view)