Coping with cancer during the holidays can be difficult.
As we approach the holidays, what should be a joyous time of year surrounded by friends and family, can be a challenge for both people working through a cancer diagnosis and their loved ones.
There is no point in denying it, things are likely to be different. But with some thoughtful planning and a commitment to enjoying on your terms, the holiday season can be a special one if there is open and honest dialogue between everyone.
Tips for Cancer Patients
It’s time to plan your holiday strategy.
Nothing shouts out ONLINE SHOPPING more than fatigue and low immunity.
Get your list together and have at it. In the comfort of your own home tick off everyone on your list with a delivery right to your front door (or theirs!). No crowds, lots of comfort and you minimize the chance of catching a cold or flu.
Delegate, delegate, delegate! Spread out the cooking detail. Consider having a potluck dinner this year. If that’s not an option, then there are loads of places that will cater to all of your gastronomical needs.
Take the time to rest if you need it. Heck schedule naptimes so all of your guests can build the events of the day around them.
Let your people know what challenges you may be facing during the holidays. Say YES when you need to and don’t be afraid to say NO. They want to support you. They love you so let them do so.
Throw your Expectations out the Window
Forget comparing to past holidays or lamenting on what you might not be able to do. Embrace what is and try to be open to experiencing the joy of what this holiday brings.
If Someone You Love has Cancer
If your loved one has cancer understand that this can be an emotional time. You can’t change that but there are things that you can do to support them and they pretty much line up with what I have just mentioned
Offer to help
Fatigue and just not feeling well can be so prohibitive for those with cancer. Offer your time. It’s the best gift you can give. Shop, clean, cook, write Santa letters. Do whatever is needed.
Plan events around their schedule
Plan holiday events around their schedule. Be flexible and mindful about planning things around their routine, treatments and according to the overall vitality. And be understanding if some traditions have to be shelved for this year.
The holidays can be challenging when cancer is in your midst. But with a little planning and a lot of love they can continue to be a joyous time of year.