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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 special episode.
Happy Holidays 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 needs.
- For caregivers, simplicity and being present are the most valuable gifts you can give. Children remember the moments, not the material things. Focus on spreading love and joy with lower stress this holiday season.

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