I am sorry you find yourself here, but I am sure you will get loads of advice from the lovely people on here.
My Mum has terminal ovarian cancer. We were told in Oct. last year that it was "months".She is still battling on thank God. She has always wanted to go to Rome, so we arranged a trip for the whole family. Insurance was so expensive even though we were only going for 4 days. As it is EU, we thought we would take the risk as we could have emergency cover under EIC card scheme. We did have a problem when we first arrived. She passed out on our way to the hotel and she ended up in hospital overnight. But it seems it was that the shakey journey through Rome's streets had caused her blood pressure to drop. She was discharged from hospital the next day. We had to play catch up and make sure she could see all the things she wanted to see. Would I do it again? Absolutely, just to see her face light up as it did in St Peter's Square. It was scary when we had a problem, but i don't think i could deny her the chance to fulfill a life long wish. The airline staff were fabulous. We were allowed to board first. they had a special lift to take her in a wheelchair onto the plane, and we were treated like VIP's going through passport control.My only advice is speak to the consultant team at the hospital, they advised us to go if we felt upto it, and arranged for her to have her treatment just before we went to make her the most comfortable when she travelled. We took a file with all the diagnosis notes in which made it easier for medical staff,especially as we did ot speak italian.( hopefully you won't need them, but it's better to be prepared).It's a hard decision to make, but I am glad we did. I know there is the added pressure of cost as it is the US, but if you can pull it off, it will give you some great opportunites to create lasting memories. I wish you all the luck in the world and hope you can pull this of and make it a big and memorable adventure .Take care Steve
Steve, my heart soared as I read your story. We so wanted to take my sis (also with Ovarian Cancer) to Ravello in Italy for her birthday this year. We booked it and prayed she would be well enough to go. A week before we were due to go she decided to cancel. She had been dreaming of this trip for years and years, cutting out articles in newspapers and storing them away. It broke my heart to cancel as her health deteriorated. I have to say BA were amazing and gave us a full refund less a small amount for admin, We ended up celebrating the birthday night in a rather fancy London hotel where I got tipsy on one glass of Baileys. The important thing I think is to create memories. She had the best birthday ever; the hotel treated her like a VIP (I had forwarned them) and upgraded her room. I am so thrilled you got your Mum her holiday.
Kimbles, this 'journey' is unpredictable; let everyone know who you are travelling with that you will require support. If help is offered, take it. Each day is precious and if you feel that the journey is do-able go for it! Gentle hugs, Linda xxx
Thank you for all your lovely replies!
Your suggestions and tips are very much appreciated. I know both my husband and I will find them very helpful.
The trip is still not definite, as hubby agrees with me that he has to be at least 90% sure he feels up to it. As it is so far away he is going to give it a few weeks to see how he feels. Personally I don’t think he is up to it, but his Consultant has said he will sign the insurance and airline forms for him to go. I do think he has been a bit hasty in doing this, as my husband has been in and out of hospital for the last 6 months.
Steve – did you just ask the hospital for copies of the diagnosis –and how much notice do you think I will need to get them?
The insurance quote is £1000 but he is willing to pay it just to see his sister and extended family for the last time. And I agree, what is money at a time like this. It does annoy me somewhat though that the insurance companies are so greedy.
Thank you for sharing your stories with me, it really does help to know others are out there sharing the same ups and downs, heartache and pain – THANK YOU ALL!
My Mum has a file which she was given by the hospital when she was first diagnosed. It was for her to keep a record of her appointments and medication. I would suggest speaking to your husband's support nurse at the hospital. I am sure if nothing else they could copy some notes from his file. As far as making her comfortable for the trip, I informed her support nurse that i was about to book the trip with a plan to travel in 2 weeks time. They were great and pullled out all the stops to get her in as a day patient the week before we travelled. I really hope you can both pull this off and have the trip of a lifetimeTake care Steve
Hi Kimbles, I am taking my husband to the Isle Wight on Saturday for a week. He gets very tired and has memory problems too so I could not face a trip abroad. We went for a weekend earlier in the year and are going back to the same hotel. Even if we don't get far it will be a change of air. We will take advantage of the round the island tours so we can both relax. Holidays are not the same when you have to do all the planning etc on your own, even down to packing, so I am having to take the easy option. He won't remember the holiday so I will have to take lots of photos. I think the change of air will do us both good.
How nice of you to give such an informative and caring response to Kimbles. Super of you.
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