The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day are often packed with events and traditions. For some, it’s “the most wonderful time of the year,” with reminders in every direction of joy, hope and good cheer.
But for others, it can be a painful reminder of what or who is missing from the festivities.
For those on the cancer journey, the holiday season may also be a time of simply not having the energy or funds to keep up with expectations from past years.
In the midst of cancer treatment, it’s ok to adapt plans and traditions. It’s ok to simplify decorations, gift giving, food preparation or travel. It’s ok to say, “We’re going to do it differently this year.”
Be courageous: do only what you have the energy to do. Let others pick up the rest.
You might even learn that your loved ones were experiencing the same tensions and feel relieved to hear permission to make a “Plan B” for this year.
Talk together about which events and traditions hold the most meaning. Prioritize time and energy for the people who matter most. Treasure those moments and make no apologies for setting aside the rest. You might even like the simplified version better.
Bethany Swope, Mind-Body Counselor
The Mind-Body Counselors at Goshen Center for Cancer Care are available this season, and every season, for patients and their families. They focus on helping patients manage stress and develop healthy ways of coping with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. For more information, call our Cancer Care Help Line at (888) 492-HOPE.