Patient Perspective – Recharging

In Vickie’s latest blog, she talks about her recent summer holiday and the importance of taking time out for yourself following a blood cancer diagnosis.

I have recently come back from my week’s holiday to Greece. Wow, what a holiday. I have never been to Greece before, but I am now in love with the place and booked another week away for August 2020.

I went with my two children and husband. My husband was also best man at a wedding we attended in Greece.

The weather was hot, so some days I would stay in the room until it got cooler. Everywhere was still open, so I wasn’t missing out. When I sat round the pool, I made sure I drank water and put lots of factor 50 sun cream on as I didn’t want to burn. Also, I stayed in the shade, under the parasol, and I made sure to wear loose clothing. It was nice and relaxing.

In the evening, those pesky mosquitoes came out. They love me, I always get bit. However, this year I brought some repellent wipes and used them on myself and my children. I think I got bit once whilst over there, so that was really good, for me anyway.

I took my medication in my hand luggage ready to show them at the airport, but nobody looked in there or said anything after scanning my bag. I also have a letter from my GP saying why I take this medication, just in case. Even though I didn’t need it, I still brought it with me.

I was nervous about going on holiday, but when I got there, I had a great time. Just make sure you bring your medication and drink lots of water. If you feel like it’s too hot, go back to the hotel room and have a sleep. Don’t overdo it, as the heat can make you tired, it did me. I slept it off or chilled on my balcony, watching the world go by.

We all deserve a holiday. It recharged me and made me realise, just because you have a blood cancer doesn’t mean you have to miss out on anything. Yes, we have to be extra careful, but it’s all worth it.

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