Treatment

How to Feel Good With Breast Cancer

PJ Hamel Health Guide December 02, 2010
  • Ho… ho… ho.Happy holidays? Whether you’re in the throes of breast cancer treatment, battling lasting side effects, or simply haven’t yet recovered your verve for life, the holidays can be a challenging time. Maybe you’re someone who loves the holidays, but is strugglin...

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  • Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    Dec. 03, 2010

    Wonderful suggestions, PJ.  It is so important to recognize that we can't do everything.  Concentrating on the parts of the holiday ritual that give us the most joy makes sense.  Skip the decorations, but make the cookies if you like to bake.  Pull out your treasured decorations and buy the cookies if you hate the baking.  Invite your...

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    Wonderful suggestions, PJ.  It is so important to recognize that we can't do everything.  Concentrating on the parts of the holiday ritual that give us the most joy makes sense.  Skip the decorations, but make the cookies if you like to bake.  Pull out your treasured decorations and buy the cookies if you hate the baking.  Invite your friends over to do it all while you supervise from the sofa if you are still weak from treatment.

    I also heartily concur with your suggestion to seek medical help for depression if there are no moments of joy in your day.  The physical and emotional toll of cancer can lead to depression, and asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

  • SWhiting
    Dec. 12, 2010

    PJ, Thank you for your comment about choosing our attitudes. I need to be reminded of that every day. Especially when feeling profoundly tired or slightly nauseous. Goes along with the thought that, there is no such thing as a bad day! I choose JOY!

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Dec. 12, 2010

      Keep trying - don't give up. It's OK to feel bad, discouraged, sad, etc. Validate those feelings (you're going through a lot - it's only natural you'll have down days!), then see if you can let them go... and choose joy. Wink PJH