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  • By jigsawlady

    I am in my 9th injection on Keytruda and the end of this month my daughter wants me to travel 1600 miles to my grandsons wedding. She wants to drive straight thru …. any thoughts on this…?

    Diane in WI > NC…..

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  • By Margot Keymaster

    Hi jigsawlady,

    Thank you for your question! We always recommend speaking through travel recommendations with your healthcare provider or team, since they will know more about your body and individual case and can offer more specific individual recommendations.

    In addition to any travel tips that the community may have for long drives, we would recommend if you do take the trip to make sure you are able to take any breaks you feel you need, and to stay hydrated and to ensure that you can eat nutritiously, as this can help keep energy levels up and allow the body to better tolerate any possible treatment-related side effects. (https://lungcancer.net/spotlight/nutrition-health/)

    I hope you can enjoy the wedding! Congratulations to your grandson!

    Please let us know what you end up doing and how it goes!

    Thinking of you and wishing you the best.

    Warmly,
    Margot, LungCancer.net Team

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  • By Jennifer M. Toth Moderator

    Hello jigsawlady – Congratulations on a wedding in your family. That should put a smile on your face. I have driven 500 miles before so we went straight thru. I did keep a bag ( a huge bulk bag ) of peppermints. It helped to avoid car sickness. I hope it works for you.
    Sincerely,
    Jennifer, LungCancer.net Team

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  • By jigsawlady

    Hi Jennifer – Nice name….that’s my granddaughters name also….thank you for the advice. I’m still debating whether to make the trip or not. It will be a very busy time and I wouldn’t get my naps or stay on my schedule for my meds. A lot to think about. Thanks again for the advice. I’ll let you know what I decide.

    Sincerely,

    Diane (aka – jigsawlady)

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  • By jigsawlady

    I have made up my mind about traveling to NC. I have decided to stay home – one reason, and the main one in my mind is, all my tests are good and the Keytruda is working – so I think if I did go it would disrupt my routine with my meds and it would be go-go-go- and I don’t want to put a damper on their fun. My grandson’s wedding should be stress free and a happy time . I talked with him and he said he understands. I will miss seeing him get married but my daughter said she would take pics & movies…..thank goodness for ‘modern technology’ !!!

    Sincerely,

    Diane

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    • By Margot Keymaster

      Hi Diane,

      Thank you for following up with us! I’m sure you made the right decision for you, as only you can feel what is right to do :] It makes sense to not want to worry about sticking to your routine while traveling, especially while everything is going well! I hope that you’ve been able to see great pictures and videos – how lucky that we have these to be able to experience things like this that we cannot make it to!

      Thinking of you.

      Best,
      Margot

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  • By kathelp

    I have two more treatments in July then pet scan at end of month. My son wants to come get me to go to ca for awhile
    Now reading I’m a little scared but 2 grandkids have my heart strings.I had lung surgery 11 years ago with
    No trouble but been in the fight for almost6 mo now on other lung..It felt good to write this because I am admitting I am scared this time. How many chances will I really get. Radiation and chemo broke my I’m a survivor spirit pretty bad
    I think I need to take chance and see my babies again. Slow and breaks are a good idea and good or bad scan l
    Think I need. It . Thanks for the ears and hearts willing to listen

    Kathy

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    • By Nicole Russell Moderator

      Hi Kathy,

      I think all of us have one or many moments where we can admit we are scared, we have all been there or are right there with you now! Traveling and seeing family can always uplift our spirits and if you feel good enough to travel and your Oncologist gives it the okay, then there is no better time then now to spend some precious moments with your loved ones. Always keep your health in the forefront and pay attention to your body while traveling. Best wishes and hugs!

      Nicole
      Lungcancer.net Team Member

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  • By jigsawlady

    I did not make the trip to NC for my grandsons wedding and I’m so happy that I decided not to go…my daughter said that they had very HOT & HUMID weather and a lot of RAIN…they ate out most of the time at fast food stuff. Not good for me. I think that was the best decision I have made so far other that having KETRUDA….

    Diane (jigsawlady)

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    • By Margot Keymaster

      Hi Diane,

      It is great to hear from you! Thanks for following up. I am glad that you are happy with your decision; it is important to know your body and it sounds like you do! Have you been able to see pictures yet? Thinking of you!

      Margot

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  • By jigsawlady

    Hi Margot,

    Yes I have seen a lot of pictures and my daughter even brought me two pieces of cake – actually it was two cupcakes. Very good…

    Diane

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