The festive period is often seen as a special time of celebration, bringing family and friends together. However, it can also be a time of increased stress and anxiety, particularly when the pandemic is still affecting us all. A diagnosis of cancer is likely to make what is already an emotional time of year, more challenging.
The reflective nature of the festive period can act as a stark reminder of all that has changed in life, which often after a cancer diagnosis, can be everything. It is normal to feel a wide range of emotions, from denial to anger to sadness. Balancing worry and hope can be difficult when life is filled with uncertainty.
Christmas is also a time filled with expectation and a greater focus on those around us. For those affected by cancer, this brings with it a particular set of challenges. You might be too tired to engage in conversations. If you are going through treatment, you might be feeling sick or you might have lost your appetite. If your mood is low, you might not want to be around others and joining in the celebrations might just be too difficult at this time.