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Off Topic: British Colombia Travel Question

Postby zephyr » Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:25 pm

Carpe Diem is my New Year's Resolution. I have tried not to let CRC hold me back from making plans but, as we probably all have experienced, it doesn't always work out that way. For myself, how can you make vacation plans when you don't know what chemo you'll be on in 6 months or how you'll feel? Difficult or impossible to get travel insurance as a Stage IV patient (or some I'm told). Well, forget that. I'm stepping into 2020 with the conviction that everything will be fine, that life goes on, that I will beat this thing, that every moment counts, and that it's time to step outside my comfort zone and get back to exploring the world outside the cancer center. I've thought several times about exploring British Columbia: Vancouver Island has my interest at the moment because of what I've read is beautiful scenery and a thriving arts community. Is there anyone here who knows more about the area and can privately give me some advice?

Thanks in advance.
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Nov-2009 Early stage CRC found during routine colonoscopy
2010, 2011, 2014 F/U colonoscopies, all clear
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Aug-2016-May-2018 Folfox, 5FU & Avastin, 5FU, Folfiri & Cyramza
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Re: Off Topic: British Colombia Travel Advice

Postby CRguy » Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:24 pm

Just a quickie general reply for now :

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/tour ... ion/travel
https://britishcolumbia.com/
https://www.hellobc.com/places-to-go/vancouver-island/
Google search Vancouver Island

rough and rugged ?
off grid backcountry ?
car and hotel ?
guided tours ?
all in one resorts ?

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zephyr
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Re: Off Topic: British Colombia Travel Advice

Postby zephyr » Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:41 pm

CRguy wrote:rough and rugged ?
off grid backcountry ?
car and hotel ?
guided tours ?
all in one resorts ?


Thank you for the links. I had found others but not as good as the ones you posted.

Part of our problem was that we really didn't know what we wanted to do because we didn't know what was easily available. We like all kinds of things but especially enjoy the sound of water, quiet places that offer wildlife, quiet walks in natural settings, and art. That's what drew me to British Columbia - it seemed to offer all those things. We prefer low-rise, quiet, off-the-beaten track hotels to high rises. BC scores again. I love to bike ride, my husband not so much ... but I'm fine taking off by myself to ride & explore. Looks like there's plenty of that also.
Nov-2009 Early stage CRC found during routine colonoscopy
2010, 2011, 2014 F/U colonoscopies, all clear
Jun-2016 CRC during routine follow up colonoscopy, surgery, Stage 4, KRAS, MSS, inoperable lung mets
Aug-2016-May-2018 Folfox, 5FU & Avastin, 5FU, Folfiri & Cyramza
Aug/Sep-2018 YAG laser surgeries (Germany), 11 nodules (9 mets) removed
Nov-2018 clean CT scan
Mar-2019 New lung nodules
Apr-2019 Nov-2020 Xeloda/Avastin, SBRT, continue Xeloda/Avastin
Dec-2020 Progression, considering all options

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Re: Off Topic: British Colombia Travel Advice

Postby weisssoccermom » Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:43 pm

Hey,

I live in WA State and have traveled numerous times to Victoria (Vancouver Island). We took family vacations there, spent a few days here and there up in Victoria and have explored other parts of the island. PM me with specific questions that I might be able to answer. I absolutely LOVE the area. The ambiance, character and the scenery of the island is just beautiful. Not sure how you will be travelling there....we take the ferry up....generally the one that goes through the San Juan Islands....just for the scenery and to see the orcas.
More than glad to share my thoughts of the island.
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Re: Off Topic: British Colombia Travel Question

Postby zephyr » Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:23 pm

Thanks so much, Jaynee. I've PM'd you.
Nov-2009 Early stage CRC found during routine colonoscopy
2010, 2011, 2014 F/U colonoscopies, all clear
Jun-2016 CRC during routine follow up colonoscopy, surgery, Stage 4, KRAS, MSS, inoperable lung mets
Aug-2016-May-2018 Folfox, 5FU & Avastin, 5FU, Folfiri & Cyramza
Aug/Sep-2018 YAG laser surgeries (Germany), 11 nodules (9 mets) removed
Nov-2018 clean CT scan
Mar-2019 New lung nodules
Apr-2019 Nov-2020 Xeloda/Avastin, SBRT, continue Xeloda/Avastin
Dec-2020 Progression, considering all options

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Re: Off Topic: British Colombia Travel Question

Postby weisssoccermom » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:57 pm

zephyr.....never got a PM.
Dx 6/22/2006 IIA rectal cancer
6 wks rad/Xeloda -finished 9/06
1st attempt transanal excision 11/06
11/17/06 XELOX 1 cycle
5 months Xeloda only Dec '06 - April '07
10+ blood clots, 1 DVT 1/07
transanal excision 4/20/07 path-NO CANCER CELLS!
NED now and forever!
Perform random acts of kindness

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Re: Off Topic: British Colombia Travel Question

Postby zephyr » Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:10 am

Whoa! I sent a long PM and it's ... gone. You didn't get it and it's not in my Sent folder or in Drafts. I know I'm not making this up, I wrote and sent it. My chemo brain is not THAT bad. I'll try again.
Nov-2009 Early stage CRC found during routine colonoscopy
2010, 2011, 2014 F/U colonoscopies, all clear
Jun-2016 CRC during routine follow up colonoscopy, surgery, Stage 4, KRAS, MSS, inoperable lung mets
Aug-2016-May-2018 Folfox, 5FU & Avastin, 5FU, Folfiri & Cyramza
Aug/Sep-2018 YAG laser surgeries (Germany), 11 nodules (9 mets) removed
Nov-2018 clean CT scan
Mar-2019 New lung nodules
Apr-2019 Nov-2020 Xeloda/Avastin, SBRT, continue Xeloda/Avastin
Dec-2020 Progression, considering all options


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