My Personal Cancer Journey — An After-Action Report

During my years in the military, an After-Action Report was produced following each and every mission. The report was designed to include positives, negatives, lessons learned, etc, so that future mission would have a greater chance of success. Since Road Trip 2013 was our first major trip since I learned of my cancer, I think it is fitting that I do an After-Action Report.

Trip was an overall success — check

Gary was able to drive long distances in a single day — check

We handled full days of sightseeing — check w/reservations — we were more tired than usual at the end of a long day

Enjoyment was not hampered by cancer — check

New car was comfortable — check

Elephant-in-the-Room was an obstacle — sometimes

Relationships and contact with other people were typical — not so much; there were some differences in dealings with close friends and family

Emotions were controlled — not always; there was a considerable amount of nostalgia and many tears

Trip length (3 weeks) was acceptable — yes for Gary, no for Lee (she would prefer shorter trips and shorter driving days)

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