Bucket List Ideas for Cancer Patients

A positive cancer diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean you’re destined to spend your treatment and recovery bedridden in a sterile and unwelcoming hospital room. You still have time to make the most of life, and what better way to make sure you get to experience the things you desire than making a bucket list.

Whether you’ve got your heart set on solo adventures or making the most of it and spending quality time with the people you love, we’ve got a few thrilling suggestions for you to include on your carefully curated bucket list. But before we get to the fun stuff, let’s figure out how you’re going to fund your excursions.

You may not be familiar with the practice, but you do have the option of selling your life insurance policy for cash value through a process known as a viatical settlement. The policyholder has the opportunity to sell a life insurance policy to a third-party settlement provider. In turn, the former policyholder will receive a cash settlement. However, the compensation received will be less than the value if the policyholder has died. Still, it will be more than valuable than if the police holder voluntarily terminated the policy. Once the settlement is received, you have no stipulations as to how the settlement money should be spent. A viatical settlement might be the answer to relieving some of your financial stress as well as getting a jump start on some of those hefty medical bills.

Now, let’s talk bucket list. Are you more adventurous, thrill-seeking type, or would you prefer a more laid-back, relaxing activities? Either way, you’re sure to find a few that spark your interest.

Has it always been your dream to travel, but you just never found the time? Has your inner-Francophile been nagging you? When the travel bug hits, it’s hard to deny, but with the extra cash you’ve now got on hand, now is the perfect time to sign up for a French class, book your plane tickets and immerse yourself in the alluring culture that France has to offer. If international travel isn’t exactly your thing, consider the possibilities of a cross-country road trip, ending in a fabulous hotel and casino in North Bend, OR, and if you’re not up for that, maybe even just a state or two away from home. Hit up the big city and paint the town red.

It’s never too late to develop interests and pick up a new hobby. Tap into your creative side and express yourself and your feelings. You might be able to find a guided painting class near you or drop by your local crafting supplies store to purchase the necessary supplies. It might be challenging to find the words to express your feelings about your new diagnosis adequately; diving in and releasing your inner-artist may be the catharsis you need to feel a little better.

Maybe you’ve always been the life of the party, or perhaps you’ve recently decided that now is the time to start stepping out of your comfort zone. Either way, there are countless opportunities for you to have a little bit more fun. Learn how to skydive or ride the tallest roller coaster in the world. Make the jump and get over your fears. If heights aren’t your thing, take the stage for your inaugural performance in a community theater production, sing your heart out and take a bow.

No matter the items you decided to include on your bucket list, have a great time completing it, and good luck in your treatment and recovery.

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