Coping with the Holidays after Cancer

After a cancer diagnosis, people with cancer and their loved ones may feel “out of step” during the holidays. A diagnosis can prompt new questions during this time, such as: How do I take care of myself during the holiday rush? How can I celebrate when I have so many other things on my mind? How can I manage my fatigue during such an active time of the year?

Listen as Karen Hartman, Clinical Social Worker and Social Work Manager at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, speaks with Alicia and Lizette from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) about 10 ways to cope with the holidays after a cancer diagnosis.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Visit and type ‘coping with the holidays‘ in the search bar for blogs about coping.
  • For dietary information to help keep you on track this holiday season, visit

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  1. Thank you, you were right . I am afraid of being tired while everybody is partying.I will be arriving early but may be taking a nap before everybody arrives. And I might ask for a place to rest if the evening is too long. I don’t want to appear too tired in front of my mother who worries already enough about my health. We lost my sister on Christmas eve two years ago. Hardest thing to me about cancer is that my mother will survive her children and I can’t do anything about it except trying to shield her from my reoccurring cancer for a while. Follicular lymphoma of 2010 now creeps back slowly .

    1. Bruneau, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your sister and the emotional toll both her passing and your diagnosis have placed on you and your mother. Please know that we are here at every step. Sending our best to you and your family.

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