After receiving a cancer diagnosis, it might be difficult to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving. However, this is actually the perfect time to step back and remember that despite the difficult experiences you may be going through right now, there are always things to be thankful for.
A recent article on the Huffington Post highlighted five things to be thankful for this holiday season, but I’m guessing that if you put your mind to it, you can come up with more. Whether it is being thankful for the caregiver who has stood by your side or acknowledging a nurse who truly listens, there are always many reasons to be thankful, all the time.
The holiday season can often be a stressful time for everyone – with or without a cancer diagnosis. However, you have the perfect excuse to sit back, relax and let everyone else stress about the little things, because there are more important things to think about.
There is scientific evidence that says relaxation and stress-management can be helpful when going through cancer treatment. Therefore, use the upcoming holidays as a way to get in touch with yourself, and find ways to relax. Focus on the positive, and think of all of the wonderful reasons to be thankful.
Here are some suggestions to get your started on your list of things to be thankful for. Let us know if we missed anything!
Friends and Family – Near and far, it’s always a blessing to have friends and family around you, during Thanksgiving and beyond.
That You’re in Treatment – Going through cancer treatment can be really tough at times, but take comfort in the fact that you are actively fighting the disease. Chemotherapy and radiation may sometimes seem like the enemy, but for many, these treatments are vital.
Doctors and Nurses – Find your favorite nurse and let him/her know this holiday season how they have touched you during your fight.
Holiday Activities – You’re probably going to get a lot of holiday invitations, which might be overwhelming. However, it’s nice to be invited places, and it can also be great to have something fun to look forward to in the near future.
The Holiday Spirit – All around you, people are starting to get into the holiday spirit; they’re laughing more, acting friendlier and letting the holiday cheer envelope them. Try to do the same, and be thankful for the focus on good tidings and positive energy this time of year.
These are just a few things to be thankful for, and I’m sure you can come up with many, many more. Happy Thanksgiving!!