• Do you have a hard time getting into the Holiday Spirit?

    Asked by CancerNews on Friday, December 6, 2019

    Do you have a hard time getting into the Holiday Spirit?

    Here is a good article with tips to help: Targeting Cancer: Easing the physical and emotional challenges of the holidays,
    Sally Blair and her husband, Bo, enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season. But how the retired schoolteachers, married 51 years, celebrate the season has changed since Sally was diagnosed with cancer in 2010.

    “When cancer hit—that was just so much,” Sally says. “There was so much that had to go on. And some things had to change.” Ashley Morelli, a registered nurse at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute’s clinic in Corvallis, says it’s common for patients undergoing cancer treatment to be frustrated by their physical limitations.

    “Be patient with your body. You shouldn’t expect too much of yourself, and you deserve the right to rest as much as you need to,” Ashley says.

    Read Full Article: https://kval.com/features/targeting-cancer/targeting-cancer-easing-the-physical-and-emotional-challenges-of-the-holidays

    3 Answers from the Community

    • po18guy's Avatar

      Into my 12th year on a 1.5 year survival prognostic (which dropped to a few months with each relapse and new cancer) every day is a day of thanksgiving for me. Every day, no matter how I feel when I arise, is a day to be thankful for. I try to recall my blessing throughout each day. We live in a world and culture where simple gratitude is in very short supply.

      As Fr. Benedict Groeschel† quipped after being run over by a car:

      "They said I would never live. I lived. They said I would never think. I think. They said I would never walk. I walked. They said I would never dance, ehhhh, but I never danced anyway.”
      ― Benedict J. Groeschel

      about 1 year ago
    • Bengal's Avatar

      I do but it's more to do with Seasonal Affect Disorder than anything. Although, two years ago (wow, It's already been two years!) when I was driving daily to radiation treatments right through the holidays that really put a damper on any kind of holiday spirit, especially when I started developing a painful 2nd degree burn. Anyway....had a very interesting conversation with my mental health counselor this week. We were talking about this very subject and somehow got into why Christmas came to be celebrated at this time of year and the connection to ancient pagan winter solstice festivals. Many ancient cultures had elaborate ceremonies during solstice to welcome the return of the sun. I know I am eagerly awaiting that day when there's one minute more of sunlight. We were wondering if these ceremonies developed in part to give ancient folks a distraction to see them through those depressing days of darkness.. I'm sure throughout time peop!e of the upper latitudes have suffered winter depression. Response; party on. I have a friend who spent a couple of winters in the Shetland Islands - pretty far up north,. He said during the winter months the entire village gathered at the local pub every night for drink, music and story telling.

      about 1 year ago
    • Danfan714's Avatar

      Funny that this is a question. This year I am having a tough time.

      about 1 year ago

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