Category Archives: Travel with Illness or Disability

Incontinence

colostomy bag

Incontinence — A Round-table Discussion Guest A: People seem to be very sensitive about incontinence, and I’ve wondered why that is. Guest B: Maybe problems with bladder control feel like a return to childhood or infancy. Break your leg? You wear a cast. People write jokes or sweet thoughts on a cast. But if you’re […]

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Spinal Fusion

back brace

Spinal Fusion – A Guest Interview One spinal fusion was enough. When I learned that I would need a second, I had to consider my options long and hard. We humans are more dependent on the spine than any other joint or muscle in our bodies. When the spine is damaged or compromised, we are […]

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Emphysema

Portable oxygen tanks

Emphysema by  Steve Jensen My Bottom Line:  I’ve chosen not to quit golfing and fishing simply because these activities have ceased to be convenient or easy now that I have emphysema. You have a choice. You can keep moving or you can shrivel up and die. Here’s My Story: My wife Nancy and I enjoy […]

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Parkinson’s Disease

Trevor Southey sculpture detail

Parkinson’s Disease — Interview with Trevor Southey JM Bryce: I’d love to hear how your decision to take a cruise came about, despite suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, Trevor. How long have you and Day Christiansen been friends? Day: Trevor and I have been friends since I was a student in college. He was teaching painting and […]

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Pulmonary Fibrosis

hands on book

Pulmonary Fibrosis by Elaine Walton My husband and I had established a pattern of traveling for my work as well as for pleasure long before the diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis. We’d been all over the world together. He was a family history enthusiast who had recently published three books about his ancestors. One summer his […]

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Arthritic Knees

Wheel chair

Arthritic Knees by JM Bryce If I had to do it all over again, knowing what I know now about my arthritic knees, I’d never have waited so long to undergo a double knee replacement.  The debilitating effects of arthritic knees sort of crept up on me. Figuring out what was wrong with my body […]

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Brain Cancer

Gulfoss

My daughter was just thirty-nine and had been a brain cancer victim for twelve years when I took her on a vacation to Iceland. Her cancer was in remission at the time. The doctor didn’t use that term, of course, since the cancer was still present in her body. We knew the tumor would start […]

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Developmental Challenges

My sister's cruise to Hawaii

My sister has developmental challenges in that she lives in a 40-year-old body, but emotionally she’s a pre-teen and intellectually much younger than that. She does very little reading, writing, and math. My parents adopted her as young child from a Mother Theresa orphanage in Calcutta, India. She’s been a member of our family since […]

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Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s — Guest Interview We knew Ella had Alzheimer’s before we left on our trip, but her desire to visit England one last time was so keen that the four of us who had traveled together over the years agreed to take her. In the past I’ve gone ten or twelve times to the UK […]

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Share Our Coping Methods

Pill Tray

For all who want to travel despite illness or disability, it’s vital for us to share our coping methods. Many of us discover during retirement that the golden years aren’t quite what we’d expected them to be. Frequently the jolt in our plans occurs because of some kind of illness or disability. What I want to […]

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