(photo)For most cancer patients, Christmas is a difficult time of year. When nearly everyone is partying and having fun, they’d be contented to be left alone. They’d fear the reaction of people and even among family members. A person with cancer receiving chemo wouldn’t want to attend a family reunion on Christmas eve. She’d be embarrassed by showing up hairless. She’d rather not go lest the reaction of family and friends would add to her stress. Or a family member undergoing cancer therapy wouldn’t be allowed to participate in the pleasure of food preparation. They’d be shunned from the excitement of Christmas. Does this sound familiar? For cancer patients undergoing treatment, holidays are indeed difficult.
Why should your cancer treatment be a spoiler? Christmas is a once a year blissful holiday to connect with family and friends. So don’t let your cancer treatment get in the way.
Join in the merriment. Let’s build a team around us. A team delegates details to all of our members. We don’t have to do everything. We know what we can and can’t do. Our team can help us plan, cook, party and clean up. When we are undergoing cancer therapy we aren’t in our prime and we tend to detach ourselves. This only adds to our anguish. Brighten up. Make that choice!
The choice is ours
A grandma with breast cancer would be eager to receive her children and grandchildren. In spite of this, she wouldn’t have the strength to do so. Our team can prepare our home to receive them. Cancer treatment shouldn’t ever be an obstacle in doing what we love most especially at Christmas.
Let’s go back to the basics. Let’s do what we love most. If it makes us happy and contented to receive our loved ones or visit them, then by all means we should. We need to refocus and be at peace with ourselves. Cancer treatment can spoil our fun and merrymaking if we let it.
So get a step ahead of your cancer treatment. Do the stuff you love, don’t let cancer treatment ruin your Christmas. Laugh, love and live. Cheers!