If you need to, decline an invitation or two so that you have enough energy to enjoy the gatherings that are more important to you.
Give yourself permission not to feel the usual holiday pressure. That fancy get-together can go “potluck” this year by letting your guests share their favorite holiday foods, let someone else host the meal or chose to take the party to your favorite restaurant.
Having cancer is scary. It is an emotional roller-coaster ride, so don’t be afraid to express your feelings in ways that help you receive support from the important people in your life. Tears can bring a sense of relief. Laughter can be therapy. Sharing can be comforting. Let your feelings breathe by talking them over with a loved one, friend, or professional counselor.
Lynette Summerill is an award-winning writer who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition to writing about cancer-related issues for EmpowHER, she pens Nonsmoking Nation, a blog following global tobacco news and events.
More Cancer Support and Coping Resources are available at:
CancerCare, a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer. Call 1-800-813-HOPE (4673) or visit www.cancercare.org
American Cancer Society and its millions of supporters nationwide saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. Call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org
National Cancer Institute, www. cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Support