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From Black Friday and holiday gift commercials to the beautifully-decorated homes and storefronts, it's hard to ignore — the holidays are now upon us.
While this season is a time for us all to celebrate life and its many blessings, the holidays can also be stressful. A few of my recent stressors include carving out time to bake goodies, purchase and trim the tree and send cards. This past weekend alone, I attended three holiday parties in three days!
Since December has only begun and many of you may be hit by the holiday hustle and bustle like me, I wanted to share some tips that my Cancer Education Program colleagues and I offer cancer survivors to help them take time to enjoy the season, themselves and their loved ones:
Simplify the holidays
Live in the moment
Share the hope
Now that I've shared these for everyone to see, I know what my next step is. I need to practice what I preach. Thankfully, I'm sharing this early on in the season, giving me a chance to slow down to celebrate the small things in life, including each day I'm blessed with.
What about you? How do you simplify life and take time to celebrate life during the holidays?
Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.
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I am so proud to say I have survived Cancer two times, Breast Cancer in 2008 and Cervical Cancer in 2014. The after effects seem to be worse than the treatments this last time. I wish someone out there could help me with the pain I have been left with. I cannot wear any underwear. So I have gone to dresses only. I am beginning to loose control of my bladder. I have been to every Doctor I can think of to help me. None of them have been able to help. My bottom burns so bad I sit all day on a bag of ice. My husband thought of this. I can't sit on the ice when I'm going to the store or shopping. As far as I know I am Cancer free and I want to get back to having a life. I am 74 yrs. young. Getting back to my Grand children,family dinners and church just to be able to sit an hour would be my dream. If you can help me with someone to speak to or what to do for myself I would greatly appreciate it. I am losing my ability to walk. Thank you for your time.
hello, from first time responder. thank you Sheryl for your input. some responders wish more positive info? read what Sheryl has shared. if you are lucky enough to have enough strength and desire to communicate here, bless you. "celebrate the small things in life", from Sheryl. I'm celebrating a full year since my diag of s-4 pancreatic cancer. I celebrate every hour. I'm watching my kids have lives and my grandson (2.5yr) who like most his age, loves life on his terms. hooray. I'm blessed to have huge support from my wife and a great oncologist. I ride my Harley every chance I can. I'm 63. so many of my friends and relatives never made it this far. treatment;9 mo. chemo infusion, now oral for maintenance. hoping for 5 years, glad for today. Eat desert first when you can. Tom
When breast cancer cells spread, the cancer cells are often found in lymph nodes near the breast. Also, breast cancer can spread to almost any other part of the body. The most common are the bones, liver, lungs, and brain. The new tumor has the same kind of abnormal cells and the same name as the primary tumor. For example, if breast cancer spreads to the bones, the cancer cells in the bones are actually breast cancer cells. The disease is metastatic breast cancer, not bone cancer. For that reason, it is treated as breast cancer, not bone cancer. Doctors call the new tumor "distant" or metastatic disease
breast cancer hereditary
No scientific documented evidence exists that 'healing words' are more beneficial than any other words spoken to those living with cancer. Even those people with great faith and devotion die from cancer. But . . human beings are complex creatures and if anything it is the power of the brain that can be most soothing and helpful.
Thank you for your feedback -- It's great to know that you found these suggestions helpful after treatment. I hope you take time to celebrate your blessings this season! I also hope you continue to find this blog a meaningful resource.
As a cancer survivor newly released from treatment after five years, I have felt very much unachored now--what to do next? Your suggested have given me a new and clear sense of purpose.
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