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    Julesmom asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Are you guys able to get "up" for christmas? I keep trying to get in the spirit, but I keep drifting back.

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      I have never in my life been "up" for Christmas. I have always suffered from bi-polar seasonal affective disorder. The 21st is the worst day of the year. That being said this is a very bad Christmas. My mother's funeral was a year ago today. My first brother lost his wife a month later. My third brother's wife continues to decline and my second brother has had health issues. I have dodged the bullet twice this year. I had three surgeries this year two of them major I spent a total of 11 days in the hospital and I have not fully recovered from my last surgery which was Sept 15.
      So we are all agreed that this Christmas will be low-key.
      Some of the things I do to chase away the Christmas blues are 1) Always watch the sunrise. 2) Get as much rest as I need. 3) I shop for presents early by that I mean starting in April, I buy all my Christmas presents at Art Fairs and Bazaars and if I go someplace special like gift shops in the Capitol Building or the Art Museum. Unfortunately I was too sick to shop at these places this year so my gifts are going to be gift cards. My family is coping with Christmas by telling each other that everything will be better next year.
      And as I say this was the sixth Christmas I was not supposed to be here.

      about 1 month ago
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      Like everyone here, except maybe BoiseB, have had up and down Christmas's. When I was a child, Christmas was a magical time, full of Santa, elves, flying reindeer, and the North Pole. When I had children , Christmas was still magical and the stories I could tell about searching for that perfect Christmas tree over the years , both fresh cut and store bought would fill a book. Growing older I have come to appreciate Christmas as a time when people from every walk of life come together, donations of food and toys for children, and clothes for seniors and the donating of one's time,to help others is everywhere., Differences in race, religion, politics, forgotten with the giving. This is the magic of Christmas, and the sprit of Christmas for me. My Children are all grown, and this year my husband and I have a fiber optic tree, a far cry from trees past. As others have said Julesmom, I am still here and like others have said I have had my cancer Christmas. Christmas 2013, when on Christmas Eve I had my son -in-law shave my head because my hair was so thin from the chemo. So, a down Christmas for sure. This Christmas is a good one. As I write this I am visiting my daughter and we are getting ready to have relatives here for dinner tonight. I hope reading all these experiences lightens your spirits some and enables you to look ahead. This Christmas may be a downer for you, but, there is next year. Look forward.

      about 1 month ago
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      Hanukkah starts on the same day as Christmas this year. I'm pretty down this year has not been the best year. My mother passed away in January and I wasn't told about it until it was too late for me to get back to her own. No one wanted her to know I had breast cancer and she had Alzheimer's so that was pretty hard for me to deal with. It's making getting up this year kind of difficult. I sent my husband and my two stepsons skiing in like Tahoe so that they wouldn't have to put up with my downbeat mood. I asked my oncologist if I could go and she said because of my bone metastasis it would be dangerous if I slipped on the ice and broke a bone I could be in danger of shattering one and it wouldn't be worth it. It makes me kind of sad that I can't do the things that I used to do. But I will say that I'm happy to be alive I'm happy that I have my husband still in my life and my stepson still in my life I'm happy when the sun comes up every day and I'm awake and alive to see it. And most of all I think what keeps me up is just knowing that every day that goes by every day that cancer doesn't take my life it's a good day. I live in the present, meditate and pray deeply to the universe to right my situation and to help my family and my friends find strength and happiness in their lives.

      Tonight my friend who is trabsgender is doing a drag show and I will support him and then he and I and my kitty Simon will have a nice fun evening of watching movies. Tomorrow we will have brunch and just relax.

      about 1 month ago
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    Julesmom asked a questionBreast Cancer

    I just watched a news report on CNN that the NFL is going to change their Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign next year.

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      You forgot those spray scents and home scents-fabreze-Gald- what ever. They noticed that lung cancer increased in dogs, then children, now adults. The vets demanded testing. I don't think that these things have a -- Danger- Can cause lung cancer in pets and children.

      2 months ago
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      Dina- Thank you for sharing. I had hoped that my cynicism would not be inflated-increased.

      2 months ago
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