Don't Let Cancer Dampen Your Holidays

by gabeallen

Living with cancer can be extremely difficult, and the holidays can make it even more difficult without help. Greg Pierce, WhatNext's Community Manager and 3x Cancer Survivor, shares tips to get through and make the most out of the holidays.

Hey, everybody, Greg Pierce here for with some tips to help you make it through the holidays when dealing with cancer. If you're like me, you're one of 14 million people living with cancer in the United States and the holidays can be a hard time of the year to get through without help. Everybody's all happy, going to parties, singing Christmas carols, and here we are dealing with cancer, maybe wondering if we'll even see next Christmas, so here's some tips to help you get through these holidays. For example, you could ask your family to help prepare the dinner, ask your friends to do the decorating. You'll feel relieved that you don't have to do it, they'll feel needed, and you can still spend time together. Let people know your expectations, your limitations and your needs ahead of time though. For example, warn any loved ones about any change in your appearance, weight loss or hair loss and that you're okay with it and they'll be okay with it too. Another thing you can do: Join an online cancer community like where you can connect with others on a similar journey. You can do all of the right things and still end up feeling alone during the holidays. Sometimes you just need to connect with someone who just gets it; connecting with someone who shares your specific diagnosis makes a huge difference. And the last tip I have for you is if you can't make it to certain holiday events use technology. Something like video chat, Skype or FaceTime will allow you to see and hear everyone from the comfort of your own home so if you're feeling lonely this can really help. By following these steps, you'll be well on your way to getting the most out of your holidays and you can learn more about how others are living with cancer by visiting

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