By Morgan Henry, Social Work Counselor
The holiday season can bring comfort and joy through family traditions, social celebrations and school events. However, if you're a cancer patient with young kids or teenagers, you may face many changes and challenges during holiday season, including:
- Limited financial resources: Mounting medical bills, reduced income or changes in work schedule could lead to fewer holiday celebrations or gifts, which kids may eventually notice.
- Travel plans: Because of your cancer treatment schedule or health situation, long-distance travel to visit family may not be possible.
- Traditions: Families may not be able to keep up with all of their typical yearly holiday traditions simply because they have less time, money and energy.
- School events: If you're coping with a cancer diagnosis, you may not be able to attend your child's holiday school functions as usual. While grandparents or other family members can always fill in, parents not being there could still have an effect on children.
There are many things you can do to help your children and other family members cope with the changes you're facing while still enjoying the holiday season. Here are just a few strategies.