TRAVELING WITH BREAST CANCER

May has arrived and you're most likely thinking what we're thinking – ‘VACATION, PLEASE!’ But traveling with breast cancer can be difficult. Whether you are in treatment, recently had surgery, or you are now healthy and cancer-free, there are many common reasons to feel hesitant about leaving the comfort of your own environment.

Doctor’s visits, treatments, medications… the bank is running dry. How will I afford to travel?”

"Can I maintain a healthy lifestyle away from home?”

“What do I need while traveling? What if I forget something?”

 

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Living with cancer, after cancer, or taking care of loved ones with breast cancer is a lifestyle. One that doesn’t always allow extra time to dig through information. We’ve rounded up a variety of resources to help you get started with planning your next trip. Take a look at what we have and let us know if you’ll be planning a trip or joining a retreat this summer!

 

Here are some amazing organizations supporting travel for cancer individuals:

Who knew a vacation could possibly be free?! There are many organizations that sponsor or host vacations and retreats for cancer patients and survivors. They include wellness weekends, a week in the Caribbean or Florida, active adventures and you can even go fly fishing. Check out these amazing places, and see if there's one that is right for you.

For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (formerly Crossing the Finish Line) is a non-profit organization that gives adult cancer patients (aged 24 to 55), their caregivers and loved ones a break from cancer in a secure and comfortable environment. Eligible patients, along with their caregivers, receive a one-week expense-paid respite vacation to select locations along the East Coast and in the Caribbean. All candidates must be nominated by a health care professional who is a member of the patient’s oncology team. Preference given to residents of PA, NJ, NY, DE and MD.

For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (formerly Crossing the Finish Line) is a non-profit organization that gives adult cancer patients (aged 24 to 55), their caregivers and loved ones a break from cancer in a secure and comfortable environment. Eligible patients, along with their caregivers, receive a one-week expense-paid respite vacation to select locations along the East Coast and in the Caribbean. All candidates must be nominated by a health care professional who is a member of the patient’s oncology team. Preference given to residents of PA, NJ, NY, DE and MD.

We provide FREE week long vacations for breast cancer patients and their families. We believe a cancer diagnosis does not just affect the patient, but the entire family. Every retreat is designed to help families relax, reconnect and rejuvenate during the cancer journey. Retreats are located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, Texas, Michigan, Arizona, Florida, and California. We use donations of houses from generous donors who believe in our mission.

We provide FREE week long vacations for breast cancer patients and their families. We believe a cancer diagnosis does not just affect the patient, but the entire family. Every retreat is designed to help families relax, reconnect and rejuvenate during the cancer journey. Retreats are located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, Texas, Michigan, Arizona, Florida, and California. We use donations of houses from generous donors who believe in our mission.

Reeling & Healing Midwest’s Mission is to provide participants with a one-of-a-kind retreat experience, on and off the river, which renews their spirit and hope through the elements of fly fishing, nature, peer coaching, positive camaraderie and support. New Participant Retreats are for women 18 years old and older who have been diagnosed with or surviving ANY type of cancer who have never participated in our retreat programs. This retreat is 2-1/2 days in length. No previous fly fishing experience is required. Reeling & Healing Midwest provides all the equipment, fly fishing instruction, river guides, lodging, and meals.

Reeling & Healing Midwest’s Mission is to provide participants with a one-of-a-kind retreat experience, on and off the river, which renews their spirit and hope through the elements of fly fishing, nature, peer coaching, positive camaraderie and support. New Participant Retreats are for women 18 years old and older who have been diagnosed with or surviving ANY type of cancer who have never participated in our retreat programs. This retreat is 2-1/2 days in length. No previous fly fishing experience is required. Reeling & Healing Midwest provides all the equipment, fly fishing instruction, river guides, lodging, and meals.

First Descents provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults (ages 18-39) impacted by cancer. Programs ensure individualized care, medical attention and intimate experiences with fellow survivors. First Descents programs are offered free of cost to participants.

First Descents provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults (ages 18-39) impacted by cancer. Programs ensure individualized care, medical attention and intimate experiences with fellow survivors. First Descents programs are offered free of cost to participants.

River Discovery adventures range from 1-day to 6-day river adventures, paddle board sessions, and survivor and co-survivor retreats. These programs immerse participants in the beauty and serenity of Idaho’s outdoors and expose them to the recuperative benefits of nature.

River Discovery adventures range from 1-day to 6-day river adventures, paddle board sessions, and survivor and co-survivor retreats. These programs immerse participants in the beauty and serenity of Idaho’s outdoors and expose them to the recuperative benefits of nature.

Our mission is very simple. We put FUN on the calendars of women and families LIVING with breast cancer by sending them on special vacations, relaxing spa days, dinners out, concerts and other FUN-ONLY activities.

Our mission is very simple. We put FUN on the calendars of women and families LIVING with breast cancer by sending them on special vacations, relaxing spa days, dinners out, concerts and other FUN-ONLY activities.

Bluebird hosts five weekend retreats including offerings for newcomers, couples (a survivor and a caregiver) and a reunion gathering.

Bluebird hosts five weekend retreats including offerings for newcomers, couples (a survivor and a caregiver) and a reunion gathering.

Smith Center retreats offer a respite from everyday life with a cancer diagnosis and an opportunity to be fully immersed in healing. Our retreats are designed to empower participants to make life-affirming changes by offering tools, knowledge, and support in a safe and caring community of others facing a cancer diagnosis.

Smith Center retreats offer a respite from everyday life with a cancer diagnosis and an opportunity to be fully immersed in healing. Our retreats are designed to empower participants to make life-affirming changes by offering tools, knowledge, and support in a safe and caring community of others facing a cancer diagnosis.

We offer individuals affected by cancer time to reflect and explore the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of their diagnosis. Through group sessions and activities such as yoga, meditation, poetry and art, our compassionate faculty provide self-care tools and practical resources to facilitate healing and wellbeing. Caregivers and companions are welcome. Thanks to generous donors, lodging, meals and curriculum are provided at no cost.

We offer individuals affected by cancer time to reflect and explore the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of their diagnosis. Through group sessions and activities such as yoga, meditation, poetry and art, our compassionate faculty provide self-care tools and practical resources to facilitate healing and wellbeing. Caregivers and companions are welcome. Thanks to generous donors, lodging, meals and curriculum are provided at no cost.

Mary’s Place by the Sea is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting women who are receiving treatment for cancer. We provide overnight accommodations and services that complement their medical treatment, including oncology massages, nutrition education, individual counseling, expressive writing, reflexology, Reiki, guided meditation, prayer, and yoga...at no cost to our guests. Our integrative services provide our guests rest and support during this challenging time in their lives. They are empowered with knowledge that will aid them on their road to healing.

Mary’s Place by the Sea is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting women who are receiving treatment for cancer. We provide overnight accommodations and services that complement their medical treatment, including oncology massages, nutrition education, individual counseling, expressive writing, reflexology, Reiki, guided meditation, prayer, and yoga...at no cost to our guests. Our integrative services provide our guests rest and support during this challenging time in their lives. They are empowered with knowledge that will aid them on their road to healing.

Women Beyond Cancer is a 501c3 organization that hosts retreats in South Carolina for women dealing with ANY type of cancer. If the idea of getting away from it all at a horse farm resonates with you, a retreat at Two Sisters Farm may just be the ticket! It is the perfect spot to be with other women who "get it" and enjoy the peaceful tranquility that this lovely farm provides. A new addition to some retreats includes playing Pickleball!

Women Beyond Cancer is a 501c3 organization that hosts retreats in South Carolina for women dealing with ANY type of cancer. If the idea of getting away from it all at a horse farm resonates with you, a retreat at Two Sisters Farm may just be the ticket! It is the perfect spot to be with other women who "get it" and enjoy the peaceful tranquility that this lovely farm provides. A new addition to some retreats includes playing Pickleball!

We offer Cancer Wellness Retreats that emphasize play-time and healing techniques aimed at balancing and brightening your body’s energy centers. Our unique, four-day Cancer Wellness Retreat emphasizes time away with fellow survivors in Nature.

We offer Cancer Wellness Retreats that emphasize play-time and healing techniques aimed at balancing and brightening your body’s energy centers. Our unique, four-day Cancer Wellness Retreat emphasizes time away with fellow survivors in Nature.