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The holiday season is typically a time of traditions, celebrations, and renewed connections with family and friends. It can also be a challenging time of family obligations and stress.
If you are fighting cancer, the holidays become even more complicated. You may experience a mixture of complex and conflicting emotions, including excitement, sadness, worry, exhaustion, hope, and uncertainty. It can be difficult to balance these complex feelings with the holiday spirit.
Amidst the joy and festivity of the holiday season, you may feel different inside. While your loved ones struggle to make the holidays as pleasant as possible for you, you may worry about being a burden, or disappointing them if you don’t share in the expected holiday cheer.
In addition, the effects of cancer and cancer treatment may make you look and feel out of sorts. You may feel self-conscious about your appearance or worried about having the strength and energy to participate in holiday activities. You may also worry that others will treat you differently. Even though you feel like things have changed, you may not want others to dwell on the cancer or take pity on you.
It's normal for people fighting cancer to feel out of step with the rest of the world. The holidays and thoughts of the year ahead can prompt new questions, such as the following:
Cancer doesn’t happen to just one person. It happens to family members and friends as well. During the holidays, cancer can challenge each of us in different ways. Therefore, as you cope with cancer this holiday season, communication with your loved ones becomes essential. It is also important to keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way to handle the holidays. You need to discover what works best for you.
NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED NOR IMPLIED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTHCARE PROVIDER REGARDING YOUR CANCER CARE.
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