Dec 20, 2023
In this holiday special episode of The
Cancering Show, Dr. Jennifer Young Pierce discusses the unique
challenges that cancer patients face during the holiday season.
Drawing on classic Christmas and holiday movies, she offers
guidance on managing mixed emotions, navigating events, adapting to
food restrictions, and providing support as a caregiver.
Additionally, she addresses the financial hardships many cancer
patients experience and emphasizes the gift of presence as the most
meaningful present during the holidays. Throughout the episode, Dr.
JYP extends support and encouragement to cancer patients, reminding
them that they are not alone in their struggles. This episode is
brought to you by the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute,
dedicated to advancing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention
throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond. Happy holidays and enjoy this
and have a Happy New Year!
Dr. JYP says:
"Remember that your gift is your
presence. You do not need to expend your energy on a single present
for any person. Your friends and family just want you to be there
and to be present fully, to really be in the moment and to enjoy
your family members. Get your rest, conserve your energy, and then
show up for those family events because they really just want you
to be there with them."
3 Key Episode Takeaways
- It's OK to have mixed
emotions during the holidays. Seek joy in the little
moments, and don't hesitate to ask for extra support from those who
understand what you're going through.
- Prioritize your safety and
well-being. Whether it's attending events, dealing with
food restrictions or experiencing financial hardships, know that
it's OK to ask for help and make adjustments to accommodate your
- For caregivers, simplicity
and being present are the most valuable gifts you can
Children remember the moments, not the material
things. Focus on spreading love and joy with lower stress this
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