I was diagnosed with stage 2 bowel cancer in March 2018 at the age of 36. It came as a total shock as I hadn’t been un well and I was what I considered to be a healthy individual. I exercised, I was a healthy weight, didn’t smoke or drink much. I was in a low risk group without a family history of the disease.
I work as an account manager and I am single mum to 3 amazing children. Family holidays are really important to us as it gives us time to relax and spend quality time together. Unfortunately when cancer hit thoughts of a holiday were put on hold. I had a holiday booked to Turkey in the June but had to cancel and I hadn’t taken out travel insurance so I lost my money. I did what a lot of people do and was leaving it until nearer the holiday to book insurance. An expensive mistake I won’t make again, especially since having cancer. I can no longer take those risks as you never know what’s round the corner.
It was a difficult time for my family especially for the children having to see me go through an operation and 6 months of chemotherapy. My thoughts turned to holidays as something to look forward to once I’d finished treatment. I wanted to take my children to Disneyland Paris and friends of ours were getting married in Cyprus in October 2019 and I was determined to make it as a family.
My attention turned to travel insurance, I waited until I’d finished active treatment and began to get quotes on various comparison sites. I couldn’t believe the prices I was being quoted once I had declared the Bowel cancer. I was looking at around £3000-£4000 for one weeks holiday in Europe and some companies wouldn’t insure me at all. I began to think I wouldn’t ever be able to go on holiday again. I live for the sunshine and warm weather so this just wasn’t an option for me.
I turned to social media to ask people I had made friends with since being diagnosed who they recommended for insurance with a cancer diagnosis. ‘Insurancewith’ was one of the most popular responses so I decided to contact them. They were really helpful when I called and I went through all the details and I made it clear I had finished treatment but at that stage I hadn’t been given the all clear from follow up scans and tests. They didn’t mind this, all I had to do was to inform them of any new changes from what I had declared. I managed to get myself and my children insured for a year for under £300, I couldn’t believe it! It gave peace of mind knowing I was covered should anything happen especially health related.
I am happy to report that in 2019 we made it to Disneyland Paris, we made it to the wedding in Cyprus and I even got 2 trips away to Spain. I certainly made up for lost time! Cancer doesn’t have to stop you doing what you want and trips away and making memories are even more important to me now. I am coming up to my second cancer anniversary and fingers crossed I remain in remission. Travelling has its issues post diagnosis mainly with diet and the risk of bowel obstructions but that won’t stop me and knowing I am covered means I can go and live life to the full.