Travelling Solo After Cancer: One Trekker's Story

  • Amelia's story

"This time a year ago I was in hospital recovering from my 14th surgery. Today, I’ve just finished the TrekAmerica Mountain Trail tour.

Amelia's story

A couple of years back I was undergoing cancer treatment. Throughout these times I have always had the desire to travel in the back of my mind.

Before embarking on this trip I had never travelled alone and I had no idea if I was capable of a trip that involved so much physical activity. Being on daily medications made me unsure of how I would manage. However, I needn’t have worried, as soon I walked into the Seattle hotel lobby I was greeted by some of the warmest people I have ever met.

Amelia's story

This tour takes you from Seattle to Los Angeles and includes countless life changing experiences. The next couple of weeks allowed me to experience some of the most incredible moments of my life. Yellowstone was the most interesting and stunning place I’ve ever been lucky enough to visit. The Grand Tetons took my breath away and while we were hiking we were lucky enough to see a bear!

Amelia's story

In Moab we completed two difficult rated hikes and were rewarded with the most beautiful views. Monument valley was incredibly humbling, and I don’t think anything will come close to waking up to watch the sunrise from our tents. Completing a hike at The Grand Canyon was something I never thought I could do.

Amelia's story

On our day in Jackson I ticked three things off my bucket list; whitewater rafting, horse riding and a trip to the rodeo. On this day I felt like the luckiest person in the world. A year ago I could barely get through the day without needing to rest, but on this day I was able to see how far I’ve come.

Amelia's story

Everyone in my group was so supportive and everyone differed in physical ability, so I was never left behind. Our tour leader, Nicole, was incredible. I was able to be completely honest when I was struggling. Nicole was able to provide support without making me feel like I was any different from the rest of the group. Whether it was dropping back to ensure I was managing the hike, to ensuring there were always varied activities to choose from. My confidence has grown hugely and I will be forever grateful for this.

Amelia's story

So my advice for anyone in a similar position is if you want to travel you should do it. Don’t let your worries win, learn how to manage them. People will support you and you can achieve whatever you want to. Life is pretty amazing and you have to make the most of it. I’m truly thankful to TrekAmerica for opening my eyes to my own capabilities and ensuring I can travel as much as I want to. Having now finished the Mountain Trail, I am grateful to have conquered so many of my own personal mountains. I hope that this will inspire others to face things head on and not let anything get in their way."

Thank you Amelia Plisner for sharing your story with us. 

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