This weekend I was able to travel to Belgium for my cousin’s 70th birthday celebration. This was one of my targets that I posted about in my first blog entry. I really enjoyed myself (even if the marquee was freezing cold!). We stayed in a hotel in Ninove which is between Ghent and Brussels and travelled via Eurotunnel. I really do wish they could sort out the horrendous queues at the border control at Calais. It was great to meet up with people I hadn’t seen for a few years and I shared a good few laughs and reminiscences. I came away feeling buoyed up and ready to face what could be a potentially stressful week. I seem to be in a better place emotionally now and when leaving the party I did not wonder if I was actually saying good-bye to people for the last time. This is a big and positive step forward for me. So let’s see what changes this week will bring.
Having met one target I am now setting another – to take a short holiday somewhere warm for my birthday – end of October. I have a few places in mind but will need to wait until after my next assessment to do any booking. For most people, travel insurance is a fairly straightforward part of booking a trip. But for those affected by cancer, getting cover can prove extremely difficult, even if they have been free of cancer for a number of years. So a terminal diagnosis can be a nightmare insurance wise. Since my diagnosis I have travelled to France a few times without additional ‘pre-existing medical condition’ cover. I travelled to Italy in May when I was only 2 months out of chemotherapy and the insurance was astronomical in fact more than the holiday! My recent trip to Canada for a longer period of time was far less on insurance because I had been out of chemo for 6 months and a letter from my consultant stated that in her opinion I would live for 6 months after the trip! I like to think this was an underestimate! I have pasted a few links which may be useful if you are planning a trip. Now where did I put those holiday brochures?
Thanks for popping by today. Tess x