Bonnie Annis is a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed in 2014 with stage 2b invasive ductal carcinoma with metastasis to the lymph nodes. She is an avid photographer, freelance writer/blogger, wife, mother and grandmother.
Holidays can be challenging, but here are a few helpful tips to surviving well.
The holidays are around the corner. While these occasions are meant to be filled with joy, sometimes they become stressful. Expectations and emotions are high. Pressure is placed on having the perfect holiday.
For the person affected by cancer, feelings of being overwhelmed and confused may be debilitating. Feelings of stress, worry, sadness and even anger are normal.
Remembering the past can be frustrating. Thanksgiving and Christmas are painted as perfect times of the year where all is right with the world. People are jovial and kind, but what happens when those holidays are filtered through the lens of sickness and suffering? Those idealic views are easily skewed. A cancer patient can feel disconnected. It can be scary to understand unconventional thoughts.
No matter where you are in your treatment plan, you’ll be affected in some way. But here are some tips to help:
This time of year can be challenging, but shouldn’t be dreaded. Cancer doesn’t have to steal your holiday joy.