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My sister Claudia is still plodding along with rounds of chemo, and she still faces a mastectomy down the line. It's been a long haul for her. I'm amazed at how brave she's been and how strong she's tried to be.
I told her we need to plan something to really give her a goal to think about for the future--something fun to look forward to after all the trauma she's faced this year and into next year. I asked her if she'd like to go to France with me, and she seemed really happy and excited to have something like that to look forward to after all she's going through now. We can both do some research into where we want to go, what we'd want to see, etc. I've been to France before, but it's been a pretty long time since I have, and she's never seen Paris! She's traveled a lot, and she's seen the French Riviera, but not other parts of France. We've already expanded our itinerary to include the chunnel to London, perhaps! So it will be fun to think about it and plan something fun for next year when I'm not on the road, and she's actually able to go.
By the middle of next year, she might be all done with her treatments for the most part, and she could be healthy enough to go off somewhere. It'll give us both time to save up and do something really nice together.
She might bring her teenage daughter Kyra along, as well, and I thought--what a wonderful treat for Kyra, too!
"And that's the wonderful thing about family travel: it provides you with experiences that will remain forever in the scar tissue of your mind." (--Dave Barry)
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