Two years ago, at the age of 31 and with 2 young kids, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Before I started the surgery, treatment, and chemo my husband said we’d take an after cancer vacation when all of this was over. I could choose anywhere. It gave me something to look forward to. Even with insurance, our medical bills were super expensive. We used our AAdvantage credit card to pay for medical bills in order to save up our advantage miles. Because of this, we were able to get 4 FREE Airline Tickets to Maui! I guess there was one advantage to having breast cancer.
Post Breast Cancer Family Trip to Hawaii
Because breast cancer was something that affected our whole family, the kids (ages 5 and 3 now) went on the post-cancer Hawaii vacation too. My brother and his wife also met us there for some of the time.
Cancer Survivor Family Trip to Maui after Cancer
Family Vacation in Wailea, Hawaii after Cancer
We spent five nights in a condo in Wailea. If you are ever looking for a condo in Wailea, I highly recommend the VRBO 1022 listing of the 3 bed/2 bath Grand Champions, Wailea, South Maui, Maui, Hawaii.
After CancerFamily Vacation in Ka’anipali
The other four nights were spent at the Westin Hotel in Ka’anipali. This was also a very nice place. We had a beautiful room overlooking the ocean.
Our family spent a lot of time on the beach, but we also went to Haleakala summit at an altitude of 10,000 ft. We loved the little town of Lahaina as well.
Here are a few more pictures of our family trip to Maui.
Rachel K. Belkin, M.Ed, is a journalist and writer with over 15 years of expertise in travel, business and marketing education, health, and local Austin, Texas events.
With a Master's degree in education from Texas State University and a Business Foundations Certification from The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, Rachel's extensive background is highlighted by her published works and contributions to prestigious publications, including HuffPost, Hometalk, Matador Network, AP News, and MSN.com, as well as on her own platforms, Rachel K. Belkin, Elkin Bay, and Probe the Globe.
Beyond her accomplishments in writing, Rachel is a sought-after educator, teaching businesses effective marketing strategies and content creation techniques. Notably, she successfully built a blog from scratch in 2008, ultimately selling it for six figures in 2021.
Rachel's commitment to advocacy is exemplified by her role on the Breast Cancer Resource Center Advisory Council, particularly contributing to the success of the Young Survivor Project. Rachel is also an experienced public speaker with appearances on TV segments for Fox 7 Austin, KXAN, and CBS Austin and as a speaker at conferences and professional networking meetings for business owners and cancer survivors.