Finding Joy

The holidays can take on special meaning to those fighting serious illness. Reuniting with family, quiet conversations, and savoring simple joys are the best part of the holidays, says one cancer survivor. Her advice to us during this holiday season is measured in common sense, spirituality, and the love of those around her.

This holiday season consider stepping back and reevaluating choices: big meals or small informal ones? Shopping for gifts or finding small personal ways to gift? Baking dozens of cookies for family and friends or baking a few for the joy of it? If it isn’t joyous, pass on it for now and don’t feel guilty for the choices you make. Instead enjoy feeling peaceful and grateful for the chance to choose.

Thousands of our patients have traveled this same path over the years. Many have shared that slowing the pace of the holidays was a great gift that they took along into recovery. It seems they felt closer to the true spirit of the holidays.