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Coping With Cancer During The Holidays

Coping With Cancer During The Holidays

ATLANTA (UPI) — The holidays can be a difficult time of year for a cancer patient or if a loved one is facing cancer, but U.S. cancer experts say there are ways to cope.

The American Cancer Society suggests those with cancer give themselves permission to feel and express their feelings, whether of joy, fear, sadness or pain.

Usual traditions may be disrupted by treatment needs or unpleasant side effects; the demands of the season may feel overwhelming when combined with the emotions stirred by dealing with a serious illness — these are losses to acknowledge, the American Cancer Society said.

But then, “prepare for the holidays. Decide if you want to continue certain traditions or create new ones. Plan in advance how you want to spend your time, with whom, and for how long,” the American Cancer Society said. “Enlist support for organizing holiday gatherings, meal preparation, and clean up. Learn to say no. You don’t have to participate in everything.”

The cancer group also advised to:

  • Eat balanced meals and make time for some exercise. Physical activity is a good way to release the tension that builds around this time of year.
  • Allow yourself simple pleasures — hot baths, naps, favorite foods — that will help lift your mood.
  • Find distractions like going to a movie or dinner; or other activities you enjoy.
  • Don’t pressure yourself with unrealistic expectations.
  • Don’t overindulge in alcohol. Since alcohol is a depressant, it can “bring out” or heighten bad feelings.
  • Don’t try to force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.

Call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345 any time day or night, even holidays, to speak with a real person and get local resources to help.

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  • Schlumbio T

    Perhaps it would help most to avoid what passes for “expert” advice on cancer coming from the cancer institutes, whose only goal is to keep people responsible for more money coming into their pockets. One of the best ways I have discovered is to learn how to let your body heal itself. God has designed our body to completely heal itself, and with the right nutrition and avoiding the bad foods we eat that are not really foods at all, but a combination of processed materials and chemicals, our bodies can heal themselves of almost every disease. A good place to start is by watching this series of free videos, starting with the one entitled “Identify and Remove ALL Causes of Cancer” by clicking on this link:

    May I take this time to wish each and every reader a Very Merry Christmas, and the Best New Year Ever!

    • Bill

      Good post, Schlumbio.
      There are more people making a living from cancer than those who are dying from it. The problem is most people are uneducated to prevention, come down with cancer, do not know where to turn and they trust their doctor. Most doctors mean well but they do not know beyond what they have been trained.

      So, before you know it, you are locked into the machine and going downhill fast. You need to build your immune system and change your system to alkaline. The best thing you can do is to start on vitamin C drips to build the immune system after chemo has torn it down. Study alkaline over acidic and eliminate all sugars and the processed carbs that convert to sugars.

      If you are taking chemo, you need to spend your own money to rebuild yor system. Don’t bother to discuss any of this with your doctor because they do not know

      • JUKEBOX

        You are so right about doctors. Whenever I mention any alternative treatment, ie: Vitamin c, Hydrogen Peroxide, Alkalinity, I am looked at like I’m from another planet. Don’t forget your faith in God, the best doctor in the universe, and daily prayer. Merry Christmas to all.

  • Larry the king

    I am dealing with cancer and it’s treatments this year and for me it is a day to day decision on how much to do depending on how i feel. But one thing i have learned is if you have the resources being able to go to a major cancer center would be nice; but as ones mortality becomes more apparent which cancer brings to surface i speaking for my self find there are values in ones life that money and power can not buy such as love and friendship.I look back and realize now the meanings of Christ words when he said what would it profit a man if he should gain the whole world but to lose his soul. Merry Christmas to all and thank God for what little or much we do have…


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