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Colorectal Cancer: In Treatment: Day To Day Living

Getting From Place To Place

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  • Check each of the medications you take to find out whether it is okay to drive while taking them. 
    • Check drug interactions as well as the characteristics of each drug. A combination may make driving hazardous.
    • If you have a question, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

If you are having difficulty walking:

  • You may be able to get a temporary disability parking sticker allowing you to park close to your destination. In most states, it is easy to apply for and receive a Handicapped parking permit  which allows you to park close to entrances.
  • In most areas, you do not need to be a driver or a registered owner of a vehicle to get a permit.
  • Contact your state's Department of Motor Vehicles to determine:
    • Eligibility requirements
    • What you need to verify eligibility (such as a letter from your doctor)
    • How often you have to prove eligibility or otherwise renew the permit
    • The cost of the permit.
  • You can find contact information for your state's Department of Motor Vehicles at offsite link

NOTE: If you do not appear to be physically handicapped, prepare an answer in case an obnoxious person questions why you park in a Handicapped parking space when you look healthy.

If you are having difficulty driving:

  • See if family members, friends and/or neighbors can help.
  • Check with the American Cancer Society to see if their volunteers are available. The more notice, the more likely American Cancer Society can find you a ride. Call 800.ACS.2345

Public Transportation   

  •  There may be public transportation available including transportation that picks you up at your door and takes you to your destination. For more information, see the document in "To Learn More." 

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