We know everyone loves this time of year because you can spend it with your loved ones. However, the season can go from extremely joyful to stressful for some women and men with breast cancer. It can have to do with a variety of reasons like juggling responsibilities or social outings.
Whenever an individual is going through something as traumatic as a breast cancer diagnosis can change their perspective on priorities during this time of the year. Sometimes they will just need some quiet time and others will want to be around people more. The journey can have serious ups and downs so it’s all about taking it one day at a time.
Our three things we believe everyone should remember whenever diagnosed are acceptance, communication, and flexibility. If you or someone close to you is going through or recently completed treatment, consider these tips for helping through the holidays.
For People with Cancer:
Accept where you are. Listen to your body. If you are feeling tired then rest. If you are feeling less social than usual know those feelings are fine. Allow yourself to be where you are emotionally and physically.
However, if you feel you are having trouble coping, let your health care provider know. Seeking help is not a bad thing. It’s important to acknowledge those feelings.
Communicate your needs and feelings. Be open about what you need and what you want the holiday experience to be. There is no right or wrong here.
Keep your calendar open. It’s okay to have plans in the future, but you won’t know your energy levels until the day of. Accept invitations tentatively.
Be flexible with traditions. T It’s important to talk to your family about what the holiday season hold. Discuss what is really important to you, but to also take advantage of when your energy levels are high.
We will be discussing exceptions for friends and family next week.