Go backHow to Travel (the World!) After Breast Cancer
One woman’s travel tips and tricks will take you wherever you want to go
A decade ago, the “bucket list” wasn’t even a thing. Somewhere along the way, it became an imperative and we all had to get one – most likely with “Travel” written in bold letters across the top.Travel after breast cancer might be daunting for some women, but we think you deserve a getaway, and we know you can handle it. Our friend Karen C. from the U.K., indulged her travel dream, going abroad for an extended adventure, and shared her best tips for
Health-First Travel Prep and Planning
After my breast cancer diagnosis and 18 months’ treatment including surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and Herceptin IV, I decided to take early retirement and travel the world. It’s a dream I had always wanted to fulfil, but because of my
After my cancer, though, my children were in their twenties and self-sufficient, so the opportunity to travel opened up.
My travel commenced about a year after treatment. I was nervous about becoming unwell whilst travelling, so I decided to visit countries with established health care systems. My adventures led me to travel extensively in Australia, New Zealand and the west coast of America.
I ensured that I had full medical insurance in place. Although costly, the peace of mind outweighed the cost. I could travel with the assurance that I could seek medical assistance if I needed it.
Packing for AdventureNo matter how long you’re
That tip about rolling up your clothes really does work; it saves a lot of space in your luggage. Roll them up tight!
In-Flight Fancy: Lymphedema Prevention
Always dress for comfort when flying, especially long flights – legs, feet and arms always swell and if you’re at risk for lymphedema, wear your compression sleeves. I made sure to drink plenty of water – both in preceding days and during the flight – to avoid dehydration. I would also wear my flight socks, and on longer flights my arm stocking, to prevent any problems. I told myself I’d rather be cautious and act
Where to Stay
My accommodation for the trip was varied and multi-functional; different venues were appropriate for the countries I stayed in.
- Australia included a mix of staying with relatives, friends, Airbnb, and camping in Australia's red centre, a magical experience sleeping in a swag (hammock) under the stars!
- In New Zealand, I treated myself to two days of hotel luxury after the plane journey -- because breast cancer taught me that being kind to myself is okay! Refreshed, I picked up a camper van and spent five weeks touring. I stopped in freedom camps and established camp sites… there’s a travel tip: Always try to find established campsites. This ensures you’ll see a good balance of surroundings. Whilst in N.Z., I did lots walking, kayaking and sightseeing. The highlight of that trip? Flying over the Franz Joseph and Fox glaciers.
- In America, I had signed up
ona tour of the west coast starting in Los Angeles, and finishing in San Francisco, via Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Death Valley and Yosemite. It’s a lot of sites to see! Again, different accommodation styles were available: motels, hotels and inns. I made sure to factor in time for rest!
Travel’s Best-Kept Secret
During my epic world travels, I met some lovely people from all over the world who remain friends now. I advise others to not be shy: connect with fellow travellers on the road. Whilst in the Whitsunday Islands in Australia, I met someone from Sydney who then gave me a ‘VIP’ introduction to the city when I got there. In New Zealand on a rainy day, I exchanged stories with fellow travellers from Canada, the U.K., Australia, N.Z. and even South Korea. What an enriching experience! I learned a lot in our discussions on all sorts of topics.
If you’ve been writing your bucket list, and planning to travel after breast cancer treatment, there’s no time like the present!
Ready? Get more tips about the airport security
produit idéal by PV Se glisse dans la poche du soutient gorge. Très légère, très douce, se lave facilement donc entretien pratique. Parfaite.
Error: no no-en navigation path for product ID 5176
Homemaker by Susan I purchased the Amoena Essential 3S 363 breast forms. I have worn several other brands over the last 20 years, but these are the best. They have the same feel and weight as natural breast, I love the way they move with me, just the right amount of jiggle.Homemaker by Susan I purchased the Amoena Essential 3S 363 breast forms. I have worn several other brands over the last 20 years, but these are the best. They have the same feel and weight as natural breast, I love the way they move with me, just the right amount of jiggle.
Error: no no-en navigation path for product ID 5150
Very pleased by CC After losing a little weight my 3S Breast Form was looking too full. The 2S is perfect and the perfect weight, I always forget I'm wearing a breast form.MRS by M H VERY PLEASED WITH MY NEW BOOBS AND GREAT SERVICE
Beaucoup de légèreté by Annie CLEMENT Bonjour, J'ai acheté cette prothèse il y a deux mois. Et elle m'a changé la vie, car beaucoup plus légère que mon ancienne environ 360 gr de moins. J'en arrive à oublier que j'ai une prothèse ce qui ait appréciable.Natura Xtra Light 2SN Breast Form by FD I was getting shoulder pain with a normal weight breast form. This is definitely lighter. It is very wide but this does give wider spread than the normal breast form, and so sits more comfortablyComfortable fit by IS First fit, still using pocketed but so much better than kapok filled forms.
Breast form by LW Very comfortable to wear, fits nicely into bra pocket. Looks and feels natural.Amoeba breast form by MH Really comfortable fit. My first breast form was Amoena - the same as this one - and lasted for 7 years. This is the reason I purchased the same one again. So natural looking.Everyday comfort by E E I have lymphoedema and I've had a double mastectomy. This breast form has been my favourite for some time now. Drapes naturally and the lighter weight makes it comfortable to wear all day.Everyday comfort by EE Delivered promptly. This breast form is so comfortable especially as I'm a bilateral with lymphoedema. The weight and fit are just perfect. A very happy customer.
Comfortable by WD This may seem like a lot of money to pay for a breast form but believe me it is worth every penny. It is soft, light, comfortable and above very natural feeling. You have to wear this every day so it’s really important to buy the right one.comfortable and realistic by JS When my four year old granddaughter snuggles into me and my breast form and says how cuddly I am, I know that it feels good both for the wearer and the cuddler!Brilliant by WD This breast form is light and comfortable. The slight shaping to the side is great if you've had some lymph nodes removed as well. It flattens naturally when you you lie down . I highly recommend.
Comfortable by H Lightweight, comfortable. This is the 2nd one I've had & it lasted over 7 years. Why wash the form after every use as it is in a bra pocket. Only quibble seems expensive for a bag of silicone,Perfect by AT This breast form is brilliant.It is so light and comfortable that you hardly know that you are wearing inside the bra. Would definitely recommendLightweight prosthesis by F M This is comfortable and gives arealistic shape but it is only 19% lighter than my standard NHS prosthesis, so describing it as "up to 30%" lighter raised false hopes.