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Old 04-09-2013, 06:57 AM   #1
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Unhappy Had to cancel holiday... absolutely heartbroken

I dont even know where to start&

I guess the best place to start is at the beginning. I was hospitalised in November due to a number of things but a blood transfusion and two months worth of medication and I was sent home. However, that was just the start and almost straight after, I developed a chest infection, queue 45 days worth of steroids. And then, due to the steroids lowering my immune system, I caught flu. I thought Id had flu before, but this was awful! Anyway, my breathing got really bad and I was taken to hospital at the end of February.

In addition to the flu, blood tests and a later CT scan revealed a blood clot in my lung and I was admitted once again to hospital. I was kept in hospital for a while and my treatment is still ongoing.

So basically, Ive been ill since November! Work have been fantastic (surprisingly), and so have university. As the cold air was a trigger for both the chest infection and flu, I was told to stay home by my doctor and missed about four months of uni, but I worked from home. I went back at the end of March and everything was fine and I have extensions until the end of May for my actual work.

However, on Friday I received a letter informing me that Id been withdrawn from my May exams as they felt that I wasnt fully prepared (despite me meeting every deadline they've set me from home) and that I was to sit my exams during the summer re-sit period in August.

The re-sit period will begin three days after we leave for Florida and end the week before we come back. I appealed, and it was rejected. Im so incredibly angry& me sitting exams later in the year was never mentioned as a possibility, in fact, every time Ive discussed my exams/coursework and their progress, its been said that I need to pass everything in May as I cant be here for August. This has come completely out of no where.

So, spoke with Travel City Direct who could move our trip to before the exams (end of July-mid August) or after (mid Sept first week of Oct), however we would loose the free dining and our flights were so much more expensive which meant we would need to find an extra £2,500 before June. Impossible.

Our only option was to cancel and rebook for next August. A year and a half away

I feel absolutely heart broken. This year has been so incredibly difficult, what with my health in addition to family worries, this holiday was the only thing thats kept me going and kept me working at home through it all.

We've not told the girls yet. I dont even know how to approach it. We had them over Easter for a few days and all they talked about was Florida and how excited they were, how jealous their friends were etc. Every question began with 'When we're in Florida...' and every statement ended with '....do they do that in America?'.

Sorry for the huge post. Ive not even wanted to type this as it sort of makes it all the more real and you guys have been such an amazing support during the planning, its hard now saying its all been for nothing.


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Old 04-09-2013, 07:24 AM   #2
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*hugs* I'm so sorry this has happened to you love. I would be just as upset if this happened to me.

I'm sure your girls will understand - You've not cancelled the holiday totally, the magic has simply been postponed for a wee while.

Don't let it get you too far down though, think of the extra time you have to save up and plan and all the extra time that your girls will have dreaming of what they will get up to and the excitement that will bring.

Right now your health is a priority, and Im glad that you are on the mend. Keep the head up and focus on passing those blasted exams and saving up for an extra special treat next Aug! xxx
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:26 AM   #3
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Blimey, that's so awful, I can't imagine how you must be feeling, it's brought tears to my ears just reading it, especially about your girls. Honestly, I don't know what to say to make you feel any better, but my best wishes are with you. I hope you continue to feel better, and maybe you can make the extra time you have to save make the trip even extra-special.

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Old 04-09-2013, 07:28 AM   #4
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Oh my goodness,my jaw just dropped when I read your headline.Absolutley devastated for you all.I know many people on DIS have had to cancel for various reasons,and I'm sure they will all be extremely supportive
I'm sure you can explain to the girls that your holiday has been put back and that with the extra time to save maybe you could focus on something extra special that you could do together.Kids are very resilient and understanding.I hope you are feeling better now,and glad to hear work have been understanding

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Old 04-09-2013, 07:36 AM   #5
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awww that's so sad.

Sorry to hear you have had to cancel, I'm sure the kids will react better than you might imagine.

Hope you are fully better soon!

Just typical that it happens to clash and everything is so much more expensive to change. So annoying.

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Old 04-09-2013, 09:12 AM   #6
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Oh I am so sorry for you all. I can't imagine how upset you must be. Glad your health is on the mend though, just a shame that your uni are not able to budge.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:14 AM   #7
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I'm so sorry that you've been so poorly and now on top of all that you've had to postpone (sounds better than cancel!) your trip. I'm heartbroken for you! I'm sure that the girls will be disappointed but as a PP said children are resilient and once they've absorbed the idea that they'll have to wait a little longer then they'll start looking forward to the next trip! Best wishes to go for Uni and sorting out your next trip!
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:25 AM   #8
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You must be so gutted. I would spend the next 12 months saving like mad and then add something as a spectacular treat to your trip next August - it might lessen the disappointment if you think next year's trip will be even better.

Is there something you could do as a consolation for the girls? A weekend away perhaps? Something to divert them once you've broken the news?
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:30 AM   #9
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That's awful. The main thing is that you are on the mend.

I can understand how disappointed you feel about having to change the date, how angry you are at Uni, and how upset you about telling the girls.

Having just finished a degree (and working full time) I take my hat off to you for keeping up with the work and deadlines - you just have to see it as a means to and end (and you'll have a fantastic holiday to look forward to at the end).

As it has already been said, yes they will be disappointed but kids are resilient and it's not like it's totally cancelled. You will be surprised at how well they take it.

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Old 04-09-2013, 12:03 PM   #10
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So sorry to hear this.

Things have probably changed since my Uni days, but couldn't you defer and take them next semester? I never had to defer anything when at Uni but I had friends who for reasons completely within their control (too much Student Bar!) had to defer their coursework or exams.

Might be worth asking someone if there is any other options.
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:09 PM   #11
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Oh Holly I know this is heartbreaking news but really you can work through it.

10 years ago we were booked to go to Canada skiing over Xmas 3 months before we were going DH was diagnosed with cancer BA and the hotel were really great about it, when I explained, and they allowed me to move the dates..... anyway long story short after months of chemo and radiotherapy we were able to go on that skiing holiday and we all had a fabulous time.

I guess what I'm trying to say .... not that very well, sorry ..... is that although you feel terrible about it now things will work out
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:39 PM   #12
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Gutted for you.

Keep looking for the positives - you are still going to go AND more of Fantasyland will be complete x
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:45 PM   #13
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I'm so sorry to read that. I hope your health improves and your exams go well.

I'm sure the children will support you as it is not cancelled, the dates have just been shifted x

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Old 04-09-2013, 04:02 PM   #15
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Nothing to add that hasn't already been said, just wanted to send you hugs and pixie dust!! I know how I'd feel, hope it all works out for the best. X
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