What an exciting day at Cancer Services yesterday! The gifts purchased by local organization for our clients through the Christmas Bureau arrived. Boxes and boxes of toys, clothes, food and other items are now being safely stored here until our client families come to get them. And what an exciting day that will be too. No one can dispute that cancer and its related treatments can have a huge financial impact on a family. Many of our clients will struggle to celebrate the holidays this year. This is just one more way that Cancer Services can help.
Last week, the staff decorated the office for the holidays. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
by Gail Hamm, program director
Holidays are notorious for too much food, too many relatives, and too little sleep for the cook. Thereâ€™s too little time to clean the house, thaw the bird, and manage travel. Letâ€™s be serious. Holidays can be very hectic and rarely are relaxing. But itâ€™s important to your health to step back from all the hassle and refocus on yourself. This is especially true if you, or a loved one, are going through cancer treatment. Itâ€™s ok to give yourself permission to simplify. This may mean letting someone else host the affair this year. It may mean changing the menu from roasting a bird to ordering pizza. Perhaps itâ€™s time to reduce the size of the guest list. Maybe youâ€™ll decide to stay in your jammies and let the holiday slide on by, just this once. Whatever you do, you do not have to explain yourself. You do not have to feel like a failure. You do not have to feel guilty. You can say, â€œI am taking care of myself.â€ Who knows, you just might find a new way to celebrate!