Susan Cross left the country believing she was healthy. During her Caribbean vacation,
she hiked and snorkeled. But days before she was to fly home her appendix burst and
she nearly died. She and her husband had to scramble to coordinate her treatment.
Cross learned the hard way that a passport is not the only travel document required for
international trips. Now she is making it her mission to help other travelers to create
their own Medical Travel Portfolio.
The author of Power of Disruption: A Memoir of Discovery, the story in which she
documents her Caribbean experience, Cross says a Medical Travel Portfolio should
contain both a Medical Biography and Medical Contact Sheet. The bio includes a copy
of your itinerary, health insurance card and relevant phone numbers, your basic medical
history, and a list of current medications and immunizations.
Cross is a media veteran; as a PR person for corporate America and a crisis
communications specialist, she has been featured on NPR, HGTV and in the New York
Times and the Wall Street Journal.