Holidays

The holidays are an exciting time of year. However, between the parties, stress and baked goods, it’s also a time when people tend to gain weight.
The holiday season can be challenging for cancer patients. From the stress of cooking, shopping and entertaining, to the emotional toll of trying to find joy during a difficult time, it’s okay to acknowledge that holidays with cancer may not be the cheerful season you are used to. Our social media followers share their advice below.
This year, the holiday season is extra important for Mason’s whole family. Last December, just 8 days before Christmas, their entire world was turned upside down.
I still do everything in my power to make the holidays special for my family, no matter how I’m feeling.

Thanksgiving is the time when we try to be thankful for what we have, to enjoy the company of our friends and family over a nice meal, and for many of us, it's the official start to the holidays.

Valentine’s Day can mean dressing up, fancy dinner reservations, sparkly gifts and high expectations. However, there's nothing wrong with wanting something a little more laid back and low key.
Holiday cards are meant to bring merry greetings of cheer to friends and family, but what if someone on your list is facing this Christmas with cancer? Will the message of joy and wishes for a happy new year seem trite or even crass to a patient in treatment? A well-intentioned card could send the wrong message.
Don't stress yourself out in the quest for a picture-perfect celebration. Here are some suggestions for simplifying and savoring the holidays.

With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, it’s time to celebrate all the men in your life - fathers, grandfathers, husbands, brothers, sons, uncles and friends. June is also Men’s Health Month and a chance to encourage healthy habits and lifestyle changes. But men are notoriously hard to shop for, especially if they don’t express their wants and needs. It’s even harder if they are dealing with something as stressful as cancer. Finding something he likes, and can actually use, requires a bit more effort.

With only a few days until Christmas, I’m doing everything I can to channel that strength and use it to begin 2017 on a grateful and optimistic note.

If someone you know is battling cancer, send them a box of love! Fill the care package with thoughtful items that will be useful during treatment. Watch the video for tips!
Her infectious smile and sparkly eyes light up the room as she dances around, seemingly without a care in the world. Looking at 9-year-old, Alexis, you would never guess that she has endured a battle no child should ever have to experience.