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The holiday season is typically a time of celebration, faith and tradition. When you have cancer, this time of year can trigger new and conflicting emotions.
You may long for things to be how they used to be and, at the same time, worry about the future. For many, it can be difficult to balance the demands of cancer with the holiday spirit.
Many people with cancer face uncertainties as the holidays approach. You may worry about having enough energy to participate in holiday activities, or if family and friends will treat you differently. You may worry about being a burden on your loved ones or disappointing them if you don’t share in the holiday cheer.
New questions can surface, such as the following:
If you feel sick and tired from cancer treatment, it can be difficult (understandably) to relax and enjoy yourself during the holidays. Yet, it can be done.
With a little understanding, you can find your own way to celebrate the holidays. In the process, you may experience unexpected rewards of the season, such as renewed strength, connectedness, gratitude and hope.
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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