Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, giving thanks and, of course, turkey and pumpkin pie. It also kicks off a holiday season filled with family traditions, shopping, cooking, baking, decorating, traveling, rushing, timelines, stress, anxiety…… whew!
Just thinking about all these things can make a person tired, especially if they are going through surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. It’s not uncommon for cancer survivors to become overwhelmed with trying to sustain family holiday traditions while at the same time worrying about low blood counts, upcoming treatment schedules, side effects and fatigue. They may also be experiencing fear and sadness that this might be their last holiday.
This holiday season as you are trying to find “your new normal,” take time to evaluate what’s important to you and to your family. Maybe think about creating a new tradition or streamlining some of the old ones. Or better yet, ask your family how they would like to spend the holidays this year; you may be surprised with what you will hear.
And if you feel that keeping with tradition is what will bring some much-needed normalcy to your life, then go for it. So as you celebrate this special time with your loved ones - whatever you decide to do -just remember to take time to sit back and enjoy!
Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center