Cancer and Christmas: 6 Tips to Help You Enjoy the Season

Cancer and Christmas: 6 Tips to Help You Enjoy the Season
Facing the holidays with breast cancer can make it difficult to enjoy the season. Here are a few tips to help you make the best of it: Slow it down. During this time of year, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of invitations and opportunities for social interaction that pop up everywhere. But cancer can be exhausting, and keeping up last year’s holiday schedule might not be advisable or even realistic. Choose quality over quantity, and make sure your first commitment is to yourself. Don’t worry: there’ll be another ugly Christmas sweater contest next year, so save that sparkly purple and orange eyesore your sister got you. Some things never go out of style. Remember: pink might just be your new color this season. Plan ahead.  Getting medical help during the holidays can be tricky. Even physicians want to take time off to enjoy family and friends, so make sure you have alternative contact information handy just in case an urgent situation comes up. Have enough prescription meds on hand, and stock up on the over-the-counter-remedies, foods, and beverages that make cancer more endurable. No one wants to search for an open drug store during a major holiday, and a little planning can help. Don’t take it personally if you’re off Santa’s list.  Cancer can feel isolating during the holidays. Sometimes, even close friends feel awkward being around sickness for all kinds of reasons that don’t have anything to do with you. During treatment, many patients drop out of the social scene. If your phone isn’t ringing and your mailbox is empty, consider reaching out to people you know to be kind and trustworthy. Nearly 253,000 people were diagnosed with breast cancer this year; even if it sometim
Subscribe or to access all post and page content.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.