This weekend, Americans will pause to honor their fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. For many, this holiday is also a time to enjoy a barbecue with friends, as it signifies that summer is right around the corner. Due to the three-day weekend, some will even take a vacation.
If you haven’t gone on a vacation in a long time, it’s time to ask yourself: “why not?” Even if you are currently going through cancer treatment, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be setting aside relaxing time for yourself. Don’t forget that a vacation doesn’t have to mean a trip to Mexico (that’s where I’ll be headed this weekend to celebrate a friend’s wedding) or another distant location, it can mean a trip to a nearby state park or just a day of playing hooky at the beach.
Whether you are going through treatment, recently in remission or a 10-year cancer survivor, a getaway can still be included in your immediate plans. Though this might take a little more careful planning during treatment, it can certainly still be done. Everyone needs to get away once and a while, if for nothing more than a change of scenery. Afterwards, you can return home refreshed and relaxed and ready to push forward, regardless of whether your trip was for a few hours or a few days.
If you are currently going through treatment and you’d like to travel outside of your immediate area, check with your doctor first to make sure you are healthy enough to travel. Keep your safety and health in mind as you prepare, then let go and enjoy your getaway, no matter how big or small.
Here are some tips to follow when traveling with cancer. To see more information on each, visit the CancerCenter.com Newsletter, “Traveling with Cancer.”
• Choose your destination wisely.
• Assess the risks and benefits of travel.
• Check your health insurance.
• Prepare ahead for any special travel needs
• Get medical documentation from your doctor.
• Keep your medications on hand.
• Bring important contact information.
• Check vaccination requirements (if applicable).
• Take early precautions.
• Reduce the risk of blood clots.
• Minimize chance of infection.
• Bring snacks and light meals.
• Know your body's limits.
• Pick a good travel companion.