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My wife was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer 6 months and has been through all her chemo, and her surgery (to remove remnants of tumour) 2 months ago. It's been a pretty sh177y 6 months as you can imagine but cancer has been removed and she's taking drugs to hopefully stop it coming back.
She's still in quite a bit of joint pain but thankfully energy levels are starting to improve.
We're off to Hinterglemm on 4th Jan for a holiday booked in advance of diagnosis. Staying in a good hotel with good facilities and there will be 13 of us in total.
She's not really expecting to ski much, if at all. Is there anything she/we should look out for, ie will the altitude make things worse etc? I just want to make the holiday as good as possible for her and any tips would be appreciated. I understand this could be a sensitive subject for some and you may not want to reply on a public forum but feel free to pm me for any experiences you think would be beneficial for her.
Thanks in advance
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Not knowing her or anything else, she should be fine, just take it easy! If she's recovering, she's recovering and skiing shouldn't change that.

Don't get cold, try not to catch anything on the journey, don't ski too hard and fall over, and don't get drunk. Do relax and enjoy the holiday.

I'm a GP in a snowy Canada, getting ill after getting too cold is definitely a thing.
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We had a friend join us last NY a couple of months after her mastectomy. I think she had managed to avoid chemo so she probably wasn’t as physically battered by the experience. We were in the 3V, and I don’t recall her saying she felt affected by the altitude. She skied every day with us too ( maybe one or two early finishes). Didn’t have any in depth conversations about it though.
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No idea but very best wishes to your wife. If some of the 13 are friends (as opposed to annoying 7 year old nephews or unwanted in-laws) then I hope she can have a great holiday, skiing or not.
Half days, or blue runs and generous coffee stops?
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@boabski, I've had three bouts of cancer over the past twelve years, my last scare was a few months ago so I can understand how worried you must have been. I know that this horrible illness takes a toll on everyone not just the sufferer, but throughout I've never let it put me off skiing. I am convinced that maintaining a reasonable level of fitness and exercise is one of the best ways of dealing with cancer, I know that isn't possible for everyone but a good holiday away from from all the usual pressures of life can only be a tonic. Personally, I've never had an issue in the mountains but I've always accepted that in the aftermath of treatment I might have to take it a little easier, I hope you have a terrific time which contributes to your wife's recovery.
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Lee Shaw wrote:
@boabski, I've had three bouts of cancer over the past twelve years, my last scare was a few months ago so I can understand how worried you must have been. I know that this horrible illness takes a toll on everyone not just the sufferer, but throughout I've never let it put me off skiing. I am convinced that maintaining a reasonable level of fitness and exercise is one of the best ways of dealing with cancer, I know that isn't possible for everyone but a good holiday away from from all the usual pressures of life can only be a tonic. Personally, I've never had an issue in the mountains but I've always accepted that in the aftermath of treatment I might have to take it a little easier, I hope you have a terrific time which contributes to your wife's recovery.


Completely agree. I`m undergoing chemo at the moment. The drs have organised things so that I`m not taking anything over the Xmas ski break. Will just play it by ear. If tired, stay in. if feeling full of beans, will hit the slopes. Am convinced that exercise is good but obviously, all depends on your individual circs.
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Thanks to you all for your advice and kind words. Think taking it easy and listening to her body will be the way forward, which is kinda what we were planning on. Good facilities at hotel so she'll probably use them and go walks if she has no energy for skiing.
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Just a thought for you - my fathers consultant gave him emergency antibiotics to take on holiday with him when he was still vulnerable - any sign of a possible infection and he could take them without delay - may not be relevant to you, but I though it was worth mentioning.
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Best wishes for your holiday. Try to avoid infections which may be more likely in hotels and at altitude.
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@SLB79, @davidof, good points. She's a pharmacist and so is one of my mates coming on holiday, so we should be we covered but will definitely say to her to have some with her in case. Spoke to our insurance provider today and no action required as holiday was booked prior to diagnosis
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A ski holiday should be a tonic after the treatments I do hope your wife enjoys getting back to being a person rather than a patient!!
It’s good your insurers are aware and have agreed cover remains in place mine refused to cover anything related to my cancer and it has cost a lot to get cover ever since!!
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We skied with a family member who had just finished chemo a couple of years ago.
It was a great trip!!!

The only thing that we noticed was that he did get tired earlier in the day than previously (not really surprising I guess). But, he would go from beginning to feel a little tired, to being exhausted quite quickly. So I would suggest, initially at least, you take it easy and perhaps stick a little closer to home after lunch so it is easy to get back if necessary.

Hope you have a great holiday!!!
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boabski wrote:
My wife was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer 6 months and has been through all her chemo, and her surgery (to remove remnants of tumour) 2 months ago. It's been a pretty sh177y 6 months as you can imagine but cancer has been removed and she's taking drugs to hopefully stop it coming back.
She's still in quite a bit of joint pain but thankfully energy levels are starting to improve.
We're off to Hinterglemm on 4th Jan for a holiday booked in advance of diagnosis. Staying in a good hotel with good facilities and there will be 13 of us in total.
She's not really expecting to ski much, if at all. Is there anything she/we should look out for, ie will the altitude make things worse etc? I just want to make the holiday as good as possible for her and any tips would be appreciated. I understand this could be a sensitive subject for some and you may not want to reply on a public forum but feel free to pm me for any experiences you think would be beneficial for her.
Thanks in advance


Hey Boab - same journey, slightly different route.
My wife has just finished radiotherapy, post surgery and got the all clear last month. We are heading to whistler at the end of January and I reckon at times over the past 6 months the thoughts of going on our ski holiday have been the only thing to get her through the sh1tty days.
She’s nowhere near the fitness levels she wants to be at but there was no way she wasn’t going. My plan is to watch her closely and realise when she’s starting to flag and I’ll look to call it a day then.

Good luck for your trip. I totally understand how you’ve been feeling this year. I can’t wait to see the back of 2019!
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Think it will depend entirely on how she is feeling, as chemo varies lot from person to person.

Friend a few years ago was having chemo fortnightly, and still went skiing in the intervening week. And skied almost as much as everyone else in the group! Stayed at 2000m+, but altitude no problem.
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Another thought, some chemo can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight so something to consider - lots of high SPF cream and usual precautions.
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@Chunky Dawz, sorry to hear that and yes on a similar path - 2019 can take a run a jump.
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