The holidays can be difficult when you or a loved one isundergoing cancertreatment. But while your usual traditions may be interrupted, the holidayspirit can still be found. We asked several survivors how they coped with cancerduring the holidays and what advice they had for patients undergoing treatmentduring the holidays.Here's what they had to say. Focuson what makes you happiest about the holidays
"Lifehas changed, and every holiday provides me with a deeper appreciation for beinggiven another year. Cancer hasn't changed the way I celebrate holidays, but itmakes being around family and friends much more special.
Findwhat makes you the happiest about the holidays and nourish it, feed it, waterit. And then watch it grow, empower and inspire."
-- JustinOzuna,chronic myeloid leukemiasurvivor Find a way to make the holidays work foryou and your family"Theyear following my cancer treatment, I made a conscious effort to be done with thehustle and bustle of the holidays early, allowing me to enjoy what's important andnot stress over the tiny details that I thought would make the holiday perfect. Atthat point, perfection came from not being sick. So my advice is to find a wayto make it work for you and your family. Do what makes you feels good."
-- LindaRyan,cervicalcancer survivor
Help those in need"Thebest part of the holidays has been engaging in service -- that is, theopportunity to give back to others who are less fortunate and in need.Including my children in these service efforts has been very rewarding for themand allows us to come together as a family and celebrate while also giving toothers."
--AndrewDavison, lungcancer survivor
Find something to be grateful for"Ifind that I am continually more grateful and appreciative for things that atone time seemed completely expected or at least totally ordinary to me. Stayin gratitude. That sounds pretty simple. But it really works. Everyday, for every one of us, there is something-- something really specific -- we can be grateful for. We justhave to take the time to recognize that. And, know and really believe thatthings will get better."
-- MarcyKurtz,breast and uterinecancer survivor Focus on who you're with, not where youare
"Theholidays are truly is the most wonderful time of year. Spending time withfamily and friends, reminiscing and enjoying time together is what I cherish. Whereveryou celebrate, always remember it's who you're with that really matters, notwhere you are."
-- LainieJones,five-time cancer survivor