Happy New Year!

by: cancercompass

I’ve never really been into New Year’s resolutions. Part of the reason is that many of the resolutions I propose are things that I try to focus on at all times throughout the year. Additionally, creating strict resolutions makes the process of following them feel like a chore, making it more difficult to stick with those resolutions past February.

After being diagnosed with cancer, celebrating the New Year has a whole different meaning. It can be a milestone that maybe wasn’t expected, or it can present a clean slate for hope in the upcoming year. From those who are newly diagnosed to survivors 10 years in, now is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed, and focus on the beauty of the new year that lies ahead.

Below are a few suggestions to help ring in the New Year, and instead of thinking of them as cumbersome resolutions, treat the points on the list as ways to continue to enjoy life each and every day.

Reconnect with someone you haven’t seen in a long time – It’s never easy to get in touch with someone who may not know that you have cancer and what you have had to go through, but speaking with them about your situation can be a healing process in and of itself. Also, after the awkwardness passes, you will probably remember why you were close to this person in the first place.

Try a new recipe – Though eating may be the last thing on your mind right now, there are many foods that can actually help you deal with nausea. Even if you have lost your appetite, nutrition is extremely important for cancer survivors and those dealing with treatment right now. You might discover a recipe that still tastes great and makes you feel good, while also receiving important nutrients.

Join a community – If you haven’t already created a CancerCompass profile and visited the message boards, then give it a try! You might find someone in a similar situation who can help provide the additional support and understanding you’ve been seeking.

Do something new you’ve always wanted to try – Be reasonable on this one and take your current health status into consideration, but why not try a new activity that you’ve been curious about. Whether it’s a hip-hop dance class or a horror movie marathon at the local independent theater you always walk by, now’s the time to give it a go.

Research alternative wellness treatments
– In addition to the standard cancer treatments, many believe that serving your mind and spirit are just as important as healing your body. Explore alternative treatments to boost your recovery such as yoga, acupuncture or meditation.