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    Hi Again Everyone:

    Summer is upon us at last.  Bladder cancer doesn’t take any vacations like people often do in the summer months.  I know that we all wish it would.

    When I first experienced blood in my urine back in 2008, I had to cancel plans to travel east to see my family so I could have the necessary x-rays, ultrasound, cystoscopy etc. to diagnose what was going on.  My family told me to take care of my health first.  Hopefully by doing so, it would ensure that I would be around to participate in many more family gatherings.  Naturally, I was disappointed not to travel but have never regretted that decision to postpone that trip. I was able to make the trip the following summer after my surgery and BCG treatments and knowing that I had done what was necessary to take care of the problem first let me enjoy the vacation all that much more.

    The reason I have brought this topic up is because in my role as a peer support volunteer, I’m often asked this question – “Will it be okay to wait to see my doctor until after my vacation?”  and summer is usually the most popular time for travel.  I’m not a doctor so I can’t give specific medical advice so I always say to fellow patients – “Get to your doctor ASAP to check out what is going on and ask them if it is okay to delay any surgeries, tests, treatments etc.  If you don’t do this, the time delay may make a difference in your diagnosis.”   It is better to be safe than sorry.

    As always best wishes and positive thoughts for those doing “stuff” this month. (((HUGS)))


    Good points MarySue,

    Might I add, that for those of us who require to purchase travel health insurance, be aware that most insurance companies require a disclosure of any illness (I believe) within 30 days of travel (when traveling out of the country and perhaps even out of province); otherwise should you get sick while on vacation, and need to be hospitalized, you won’t get coverage.

    It is best that you do your homework and check with your policy holder to ensure you’re protected should you decide to wait until after your vacation.

    My best,

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