I was at the post office today…twice.  Don’t ask.

So take it from me, the HOLIDAYS are in full swing at the USPS.  If you’ve been shopping at the mall or elsewhere, it’s pretty obvious it’s December.

But what do you do if you’re living in cancer world?  Treatment doesn’t stop for Santa.  The stress, on a regular day is high when you’re in this sphere, add-on the Holidays and it’s just plain hard.

The ‘experts’ have suggestions to get you through these next few weeks, so maybe this advice will help some of you cope a little better.

First of all, the American Cancer Society makes a very good suggestion: DON’T PRESSURE YOURSELF WITH UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS OR TRY TO DO EVERYTHING YOURSELF.  (This harkens back to losing control in cancer world.)

DON’T TRY TO DO TOO MUCH IN ONE DAY.   NO SHOPPING TILL YOU DROP SCENERIO’S.

DON’T OVER INDULGE AND GET PLENTY OF REST.

Here’s an important tip: DON’T FORCE YOURSELF TO BE HAPPY JUST BECAUSE IT’S THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

For those of you who have lost a loved one to cancer and the grief is so raw, there are additional suggestions to follow:

Get plenty of rest.  When you’re tired, even before cancer came into your world, you weren’t at your best, it’s even more important now, during the Holiday season.

You’re sad, it’s OK to feel sad.  You can try to distract yourself from the pain, according to the ACS, by planning activities with family and friends.  It might be a temporary escape, but the way I look at it, any time away from “sad” is a better time.

The way I see it, you have the right to feel whatever way you want to feel over the Holidays.

Laugh, cry, do whatever is right for YOU.   We all deal with this time of year differently. And remember this community is ALWAYS here for you too.

I hope this helps a little.

 

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