The rules of my handicap is strigged. And it sure can be a hassle to travel when you have a prosthesis. But it’s worth it.

Summer vacation is coming up. This year we will spend our summer in Budapest. But how to travel with a prosthesis?

When cancer hit me, everything changed – including traveling. I was 16 years old. Bald. And stuck in the hospital bed. My friends went to beautiful places far away – Greece, Fiji, Australia … I went to chemo. I promised myself that if I ever got the chance to travel again, I would go.

8 years later cancer was a part of my past and I was working as a travelling journalist – on crutches, though, but still.

Still so many things that I can do

Today my internal metal prosthesis demands rest and comfort, and there are many types of traveling that I can’t do: Skiing. Walking. Shopping … Even the most relaxed trips challenges the leg more than I like. I can’t run through the airport to catch the plane. I can’t even carry my own carryon!

Yet, I keep traveling, because there are still so many things that I can do.

I can be swallowed up by a book. I can be entertained by music. I can enjoy the taste of a good meal. I can be breathe taken by the sunset. I can be inspired by new places, cultures and people.

The rules of my handicap

Shure, it’s a hassle to travel when you have a prosthesis. Where can I sit? How far is it from one place to the other? Will there be a metro nearby?

The rules of my handicap is strigged. I can walk 2 kilometers in total on a whole day. Try going through the airport with that limit … It’s just not realistic when you’re in strange places. So, I bring crutches and wheelchair. With them as my backup I can go places I wouldn’t be able to visit otherwise.

This picture is from our Christmas holiday in New Orleans. I am in the wheelchair, the crutches are on the side and Erik, my son, is on my lab. Martin, my prince, is behind the camera, carrying all our bags AND Erik’s stroller.

Worth the trouble

Often we have to be quite creative to make things work. How do you push a stroller or suitcase when sitting like this? Getting on and off buses can take forever. And many taxis are simply too small for all this equipment. And where to put the to go coffee when all hands are busy? All these types of first world problems are what fills our holidays. And that’s exactly why it’s worth the trouble to keep traveling even though cancer left me with a big scar and an internal metal prosthesis.