Coping With Cancer During the Holidays


Holidays are traditionally viewed as a time to celebrate. Many people enjoy reuniting with family and friends, giving and receiving gifts, and celebrating religious traditions during this time. However, sometimes people with cancer and their loved ones feel “out of step” from the rest of the world during the holidays. In fact, the holiday season can prompt new questions, such as: How do I take care of the holiday rush and myself at the same time? How can I celebrate when I have so many other things on my mind? What will my life be like next year? Sharing these concerns with the people you love and who love you can help you feel more connected.

Here are some additional tips for coping with cancer during the holidays:

Make plans to get together with friends, family or co-workers over the holidays.

Create a new holiday season tradition that makes the most of your energy. 

Enjoy special moments.

Talk to your health care team about upcoming special events.

Be an innovative shopper or gift giver.

Express your feelings in ways that help you receive the support of the important people in your life.

Celebrate strengths you and your loved ones have developed.


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