You will also know that in spite of the cobweb of meso cancer cells lining his right lung like a thin rind, Steve is fit enough to jog around the park and walk into town and back. In fact, in that respect, he probably compares well with men a lot younger in years, especially those who smoke or are seriously overweight. Currently he's not on medication, doesn't need a mobility aid or use oxygen.
How ironic therefore that when we decide to take a week's holiday abroad, getting travel insurance with his pre-existing medical condition is proving to be an uphill struggle. So, for everyone out there with mesothelioma who wants to go overseas for a short break, here's a list of insurance companies who will decline cover, even though most of them are listed on the Macmillan website as businesses who specialize in providing insurance to people with pre-existing medical conditions, including cancer.
Save yourself the time, frustration and the cost of phoning the following companies if you want travel insurance which takes your mesothelioma into account - you will be turned away:
- Age Concern
- Freedom Insure
- Travel Insured
- It's so easy
- All Clear (£653.00 for Steve)
- Free Spirit (£205.49 for Steve)
- Insure Cancer ("in the hundreds" subject to written confirmation by Steve's oncologist that he is fit to fly)