After diagnosis in July 2010, with the exception of a planned holiday to Turkey prior to my ‘big surgery’, holidays were put on the back burner, there were too many problems and too many risks – not least of which was the lack of overseas insurance cover for my condition. After 2 years of treatment including several surgeries, I was feeling more confident and my body had become stronger, holidays were put back on the agenda, but nothing too strenuous, nothing too far away. We stuck to Europe over the period 2012-2014.
However, in 2015, I was getting more confident and managed to get back to one of my all time favourite places – California. A total round trip of 21 hours on an aeroplane, around 1200 miles/20 hours of driving from beaches to deserts and mountains and back again, 8 different hotels and some great sights and adventures including 200 miles of driving in the Californian ‘wilderness’ picking up some sections of Route 66. The picture in the blog needed a ‘white knuckle’ cable car ride up to 8500 feet followed by a 2 hour hike in noticeably thinner air. Worth it!
Did I have issues? Yes. Were they inhibiting? Not really. Was I exhausted on return? Yes. Did my travel insurance cover me for NET treatment? No. Was I mad. Yes! Was it worth it? Absolutely, I was extremely confident I wouldn’t have a NET problem and was therefore happy to take the risk (everyone needs to take their own decisions). My travel insurance at the time covered me for all other medical emergencies worldwide and within the European Union (EU) countries I’m covered for medical treatment using the E111 system. Note – in 2016, I’m now covered for NET treatment worldwide. The following countries are on my bucket list: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. A quick trip to Malta in September 2019 to get us warmed up!
Holidays now have to be planned around treatment, mainly monthly injections – not too much of a drama. I take all my other prescription drugs with me to last the period of the holiday.
Cancer doesn’t take holidays, but I do. Sometimes, you just have to get on with it.
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