Tuesday, March 13, 2007

traveling after graduation

I had hoped to travel around the US and abroad after graduation for several months, but as things are shaping up most likely this will not come to pass. Even a trip of a much shorter duration - say 2 weeks - may not be possible because of the very short time between the expected end of the salvage chemotherapy and the start of the transplant. It has been advised by all that I start the transplant as soon as possible after the end of the salvage chemo. This, of course, is on the assumption that an unrelated or cord blood donor has been found by that time.

If a 1-2 week trip becomes a possibility, I mentioned to Su my interest in exploring Glacier National Park in Montana, a long time destination of mine. Or perhaps Seattle and some of the fabulous national parks in Washington State, such as Mount Rainer, Olympic, and/or North Cascade. Montana and Washington were two places that I had marked as destinations in my much anticipated post-graduation vagabonding adventure.

If I'm unable to travel before the start of the transplant, it will be a long time I assume before I'll be able to do so again, especially for something of the magnitude that I'm contemplating. It might be a year or more before traveling to such distant places for extended stays would become a real possibility. Of course, this is all on the assumption that the transplant is an ultimate success. If it fails or I develop serious complications, then who knows. My traveling days might be over. I really hope that this will not be the case. There is so much that I had planned to do and see and experience.

If at the end of the transplant, I recover and am in remission, then it will have been worthwhile. I'll surely want to travel again.

Mount Rainer National Park:


photo by QT Luong/terragalleria.com, all rights reserved.


photo by QT Luong/terragalleria.com, all rights reserved.

North Cascades National Park:


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photo by QT Luong/terragalleria.com, all rights reserved.

Glacier National Park:


photo by QT Luong/terragalleria.com, all rights reserved.


photo by QT Luong/terragalleria.com, all rights reserved.


photo by QT Luong/terragalleria.com, all rights reserved.


photo by QT Luong/terragalleria.com, all rights reserved.

2 Comments:

Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

How strongly do your doctors feel about you starting chemo immediately? I mean, if you say that you want to take three weeks to do something you've always wanted to, might they agree? Having a really good break and doing something you've always wanted to might really set you up for and give you something nice to think about during those long days in transplant.

I'd travelled with a friend for the first time the summer before I relapsed (Hodgkin's) and the happy memories of that time really gave me a boost when I was stuck in my little isolation room.

5:10 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

A very fair point. You've made me reconsider my options. I should at least ask my doctor and if he advises against a trip, then ok. But I you're right that I should at least ask.

Thanks for commenting!

10:53 PM  

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