Thursday, February 28, 2013

Have Cancer Will Travel

Update (2013-03-06): I found a few nasty catches in a few policies that everyone needs to be aware of.

  1. Some policies will not cover you if you have ever had a bone marrow transplant.
  2. Some travel medical insurance policies will not cover you if you have ever been diagnosed with lung cancer or metastatic cancer.
  3. Some travel medical insurance policies will not cover you if you wind up having to have chemo between the date you purchased the policy and your date of departure.
  4. I came across one plan that requires you to inform the company if there is a change in a previously stable pre-existing condition before your date of departure. The company will then decide if they wish to continue to honour your insurance policy, whether that be for the travel medical portion of your policy (which makes some sense) or for the trip cancellation portion of your policy (seriously not cool).
I will be writing a few reviews of policies in both Canada and the US, in order to give you all a feel for what is out there.

For me, travel is an artform. It is my favourite past-time. It's relaxing. It's exciting. It's educational and emotional. Travelling and planning to travel are some of my favourite ways to escape my every day stresses. So imagine the suckage when I realized that having had cancer could interfere with travel insurance coverage.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Cancery Gifts for Cancery Friends

Partway through chemo my office sent me a big basket of chocolate bars. It was well-meaning. However, I had been on a health kick long enough by that point that I had gotten down to my ideal BMI, chocolate was rarely part of my diet, and I was feeling really proud of how well I was taking care of myself (all things considered). Unfortunately chocolate is a bit of an addiction for me and the basket of temptation was too much to resist, particularly since my energy levels were nil. If you are trying to figure out what to get a friend who is going through cancer treatment, have a look at my suggested gift items.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Chemo - There's an App for That

Like all things in life, (keeping track of everything for) chemo is much easier when you have an iPhone app to help you. Below are my favourite AppStore apps for keeping yourself organizized through treatment.