What do to in a foreign country? I had just started 5 weeks of travel for which I carefully planned how to handle all my meds; I wasn't about to go home over some joint pain. I went to the internet and looked up the Finnish name for the drug that I could take that would help. I went to the apotek and find that I am able to get it there over the counter. I know that the pain will soon subside.
My honeymoon won't be ruined and won't be cut short. Even though I have been on many honeymoons before--and I am not even married. I take honeymoons all the time. I take those trips that people "wait" for. The dream trips. Im planning another one as I write.
Its because of CF that I don't wait to take these trips. I don't need a special occasion or even a travel partner. I want to see, do, and taste now. I want to experience it all, before the day Ill have to pause to breathe. I know that if CF teaches us anything about life, it is that NOW is all we have. Those of us who breathe for a living, also have to live for a living---it makes all the research dollars and scientists work all the worth while. I fight CF by living loudly.
When I get on a plane or ride in a train, a part of me thanks all the things that brought me to that moment. My parents, family, and friends who have undying support for me, and the CF Foundation and my doctors who have provided me tools to be heathy enough to see the world.
Ill keep on traveling for myself--and those with CF who cannot.