Waterford Place Program Guide Fall 2022

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FALL 2022 October • November • December

Cancer Resource Center

PROGRAM GUIDE Programs for Individuals Affected by a Cancer Diagnosis

Focus On: Newly Diagnosed Providing helpful tools, encouragement and support to empower those who are newly diagnosed


Newly Diagnosed


Educational Presentations


Support Programs


Family Programs


Mind, Body and Spirit Programs


Wellness Programs


Salon and Spa Programs


Coping with Holiday Stress

1310 Waterford Drive Aurora, IL 60504 (331) 301-5280 waterfordcrc.com Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed November 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving and December 23 and 30 for Christmas and New Year’s Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center provides services and support, at no cost, to anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis.

NEWLY DIAGNOSED After a cancer diagnosis, many people find themselves in unfamiliar territory, navigating everything from physical changes to a whole host of different emotions. To help with this, Waterford Place offers several programs and services specifically designed to provide helpful tools, encouragement and support to empower those who have newly received a cancer diagnosis. Physical Limitations It can be frustrating to not be able to do the things you previously were able to do. Sudden physical limitations can be a real challenge to cope with. Side effects — such as fatigue, neuropathy, dizziness and pain — can make it difficult to engage in daily activities and routines. Often, these limitations are temporary. Talk to your medical team if you are experiencing any of these issues to see what changes can be made and what options are available. It can also help to talk to loved ones and accept assistance when possible. Allow yourself to explore new or even old interests that do not require you to expend as much of your energy but still help you feel connected to the things you love. Whatever you pursue, remember to be compassionate with yourself as you go through this. Emotional Rollercoaster You may experience a wide variety of emotions as you go through cancer

lives and can make a big difference in

rights. Ask for referrals to organizations that

helping you process this experience so you

can help. Once you have the information

can feel better sooner.

you need, sit down and plan to solve the issues that are causing you stress. Feeling

treatment. From sadness or anger at having

Financial Stress

to accept a cancer diagnosis, to worries and

Cancer is costly and, for some people,

fears about pain or prognosis, to gratitude

working through treatment may not only be

for the love and support of family and

difficult but necessary. It is important to

Some programs designed especially for

friends — all of this is normal. It can be a

know your rights when it comes to issues

those who are newly diagnosed can be

little unnerving if you are a person who

such as employment, financial assistance

found on page 2.

usually does not experience such shifts in

and disability. Many organizations are

mood but, given the scale of what you

dedicated to helping people with cancer

more in control can bring you more peace of mind.

• Breast Cancer Pathology and Treatment — Explained

are going through, it is certainly

avoid financial toxicity and protect

• Aromatherapy and You

understandable that you would feel

themselves from discrimination. Some

• Nutrition for Cancer Prevention —

differently than you usually do. If you start

organizations focus on cancer type, while

to feel that the stress is overwhelming or

others may help based on where you live or

• Managing Radiation Side Effects

the emotions are unmanageable, it may

other demographics. Talk to your oncology

• Soothing your Worried Brain and Body

help to talk to a professional. Professional

social worker if you have concerns about

• Achieve balance in your ‘New Normal’

counselors are trained in providing tools

finances, need help applying for aid or want

and support during challenging times in our

more information on your employment

Recipe for Success

with Tai Chi and Qi Gong

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EDU CAT IO NAL P R E S E N TAT I O NS Personalized Financial Resource Consultation By appointment only Cancer not only affects your physical health, it also affects your financial well-being. Several resources are available to help you manage the financial impact of cancer, including federally-funded programs and private nonprofit organizations. Schedule a virtual meeting with a financial navigator to learn what financial resources are available to you. Welcome to Waterford Place Orientation By appointment only All new participants are invited to attend an introductory orientation to discover the valuable resources available at Waterford Place. Technology Consultation By appointment only Need help connecting to virtual programs through your personal

Thre are many questions around

them. A question-and-answer session will

aromatherapy and essential oils: How can

follow the presentation.

they help? Are they safe for me? For my pets? How do I use them? Which ones are best for me and my caregivers? Join us for this presentation that will clarify myths and

Soothing Your Worried Brain and Body Tuesday, November 29 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan Litvene, ACSW, LCSW When you or someone you love has

computer, laptop or tablet? Schedule

facts about aromatherapy.

a virtual or phone consultation for

Nutrition for Cancer Prevention

diminishing your energy levels and ability

— Recipe for Success

to concentrate. It is important to identify

Wednesday, November 9 • 6:30

your worries, especially those you can

to 7:30 p.m.

control, and prioritize what you need to

Ellen M. Berg, MSN, RN, OCN

take care of now. This presentation will

Michelle Cordes, MS, RD, LDN

offer strategies to help you decrease

Rush Copley Medical Center

worrying and its intensity and gain more

Learn about recent trends in nutrition

feelings of peace.

assistance with setting up an email or installing and using the Webex application on your device. Breast Cancer Pathology and Treatment — Explained Wednesday, October 19 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oleaha Pilant, RN, MSN, APN, FNP-C, CGRA Rush Copley Cancer Care Center Not all breast cancers are created equally

related to cancer prevention, including plant-based foods, decreasing intake of processed foods and increasing intake of

cancer, worry can get out of hand,

Achieve Balance in Your ‘New Normal’ with Tai Chi and Qi Gong Tuesday, December 6 • 1 to 2 p.m.

and understanding breast cancer pathology

whole foods and lean proteins.

and how it may impact your treatment is

Managing Radiation Side Effects

Fitness Instructor

Wednesday, November 16 • 6:30 to

Learn the overall benefits of Tai Chi and

7:30 p.m.

Qi Gong and watch a brief demonstration.

Ellen M. Berg, MSN, RN, OCN

With gentle movements, these two

Rush Copley Cancer Care Center

internal energy exercises can help put

Dealing with radiation-related side effects

your mind and body in harmony. You can

can be challenging, especially when you

strengthen your body, improve balance

don’t know what to expect. Learn about

and bring peace and awareness into

typical side effects and how to manage

your life.

important. This presentation will review the common breast cancer subtypes, hormone receptors, standard treatment plans and important details associated with it all. Aromatherapy and You Tuesday, November 8 • 1 to 2 p.m. Pam Riley-Valesh, RN, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist


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Kristi Niedzwiecki, ACE Certified

S U P PO RT P R O GR AM S Our groups allow participants to connect with others experiencing similar circumstances. Goals are to exchange information and strategies for decision-making, help navigate the cancer journey and allow participants to connect, share and exchange support. Aurora Multiple Myeloma Networking

This group is designed for those who

Group (Virtual Only)

have completed treatment and are


First Wednesdays: October 5, November 2

looking for support as they transition


and December 7 • 6 to 8 p.m.

into life after treatment. The informal

Short-Term Counseling

Affiliated with the International Myeloma

group provides a safe place to share

Foundation, this group is open to those

experiences, successes, and ongoing

diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and

challenges for all persons living through

their loved ones. To sign up, please

and beyond cancer.

contact Valarie Traynham, group leader, at aurora@IMFsupport.org or (630) 423-6510.

By appointment only Short-term counseling to address cancer-related issues is available to those diagnosed with cancer and their families. Up to five sessions

Gyne SISTERs (Sharing Inspiration

are provided to address sadness,

and Support Through Education

worries, communication, returning

Breast FRIENDs (First Resource

and Resources)

in Experiencing and Navigating

Second Thursdays: October 13,

a Diagnosis)

November 10 and December 8

Third Mondays: October 17, November 21

1:30 to 3 p.m.

and December 19 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Open to those who have had a

Grief Counseling

Facilitated by a licensed social worker and

gynecological cancer diagnosis, Gyne

By appointment only

breast health navigator, Breast FRIENDs is

SISTERs is co-facilitated by a licensed

Provided through a partnership

for anyone experiencing a breast cancer

social worker and a registered nurse.

with AccentCare

diagnosis, regardless of treatment type or stage. This informal group provides support and a safe place to share experiences, successes and ongoing challenges.

to work, body esteem and other similar issues as they relate to a cancer diagnosis.

For many, the grief experience that

Men’s Group

results from the death of a loved one

Fourth Tuesdays: October 25, November

can generate a myriad of feelings,

22 and December 27 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.

confusion and questions. Talking with

This group is open to men who have had

a bereavement specialist one-on-one

a cancer diagnosis. It is facilitated by a

Survivorship Support Group

licensed clinical social worker who is also a

Third Mondays: October 17, November 21

prostate cancer survivor. A light dinner will

and December 19 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.

be provided.

about this can assist in the coping process.

FA M I LY P R O GR AMS Hocus Pocus Family Focus

complete with a winter backdrop and festive

Wednesday, October 26 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.

props. Color holiday pages and winter

Caring Arts Foundation

mandalas while you wait your turn.

Bring the kids for some Halloween fun,

Refreshments will be provided. Space is

artfully done! Enjoy spooky music while you

limited. Register early.

and your family “Design Your Own Trick-

Presents for Patients

or-Treat Bag” and “Make a Mask.” Mad Zac,

Thursday, December 1 • 6 to 8 p.m.

our resident mixologist, will help you create

Take part in this festive, fun, family-

your own mocktail potion with ingredients of your choice. Each child will receive a commemorative beaker keepsake to take home. Wear a costume — we all will! Space is limited. Please register immediate family members only.

friendly evening of gift-making for the Family Holiday Photos Thursday, November 17 • 5 to 8 p.m. Caring Arts Foundation Pose for a holiday photo with your family,

person in your life who has cancer. All supplies and instructions will be provided. Enjoy light refreshments and entertainment, too.

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M IN D, B O DY AND S P I R I T P R O GR AMS Vibrational Sound Therapy By appointment only Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Certified Vibrational Sound Therapist Vibrational sound therapy is a one-on-one service using Himalayan singing bowls gently placed on the body to promote total relaxation and decrease the effects of stress on the body and mind. The tones and vibrations combine to produce an immediate state of tranquility as sound waves act like a massage for the nervous system. Reiki By appointment only Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Reiki Master, and Karen Jendruczek, Reiki Practitioner This one-on-one service is an energetic relaxation therapy that offers stress reduction, mental clarity, relief of pain, improved sleep and other benefits.

Craft and Chat

Boo-tiful Friendly Ghost

Guided Meditation

Wednesdays: October 12, November 9,

Earring and Bracelet Set

Wednesdays: October 12, November 2,

and December 14 • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, October 18 • 1 to 2 p.m.

Join us to chat, drink tea or coffee and

Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Reiki Master

work on your crafting project. Bring your

Celebrate Halloween a little early as you

knitting, crochet, needlepoint, coloring or

create your own ghost earring and bracelet

whatever project you are working on. This

set. Wear your favorite Halloween shirt,

is an informal participant gathering not led

too. A light snack will be served.

and December 7 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Audrey Stoppel, BSN, RN, Radiation Oncology Rush Copley Medical Center This guided imagery experience incorporates cleansing breathwork and an array of relaxation techniques designed to

by a facilitator.

HeartMath Meditation

Sound Healing Meditation

Audrey Stoppel, BSN, RN,

Monday, November 14 • 6 to 7 p.m.

Radiation Oncology

Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Reiki Master

Rush Copley Medical Center

Experience a deep relaxation and

Thursday, October 20 • 1 to 2 p.m.

Giving Back Society

meditation when you attend this sound

Thursday, November 17 • 1 to 2 p.m.

Fridays: October 21, November 18, and

healing session. Immerse yourself in

Thursday, December 15 • 1 to 2 p.m.

healing sounds designed to promote

Discover HeartMath Meditation, a simple,

relaxation and balance for both body

yet powerful, meditative technique that

and mind.

uses heart-focused breathing to improve

balance emotions, decrease physical and psychological distress, and promote the practice of living in the moment.

December 16 • 10 to 11:30 a.m. Lisa Lapinski Are you looking for opportunities to pay it forward by helping other cancer

clarity, harmony of the mind and body,

patients on the journey? Join the

and balance. It can help you shift your

Waterford Place Giving Back Society

emotional state and calm your mind.

to brainstorm ideas and participate in

The same class is offered each

activities that make a difference in the

month; choose the date that fits

cancer community.

your schedule.


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Mixed Media Art Class: Autumn Leaf Print Art Tuesday, October 25 • 1:30 to 3 p.m. Barbara Weigand Collect some interesting leaves and bring them to class! We’ll provide a bunch, too, but the hunt for interesting shapes and sizes of leaves is part of the fun. We’ll use craft paint and rollers to create interesting prints of falling leaves, then you can add your own decorative touches to create wall art to frame. When the winter trees are bare, you’ll have a lovely remembrance of autumn. Paint, paper and instruction provided.

Mixed Media Art Class:

Mixed Media Art Class: Art

Pumpkins and Gourds

and Symbolism

Tuesday, November 22 • 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, December 27 • 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Barbara Weigand

Barbara Weigand

The art of still life was

Many ancient cultures incorporated the

first created by

symbol of a Tree of Life into their art using

ancient Egyptians as

themes like nature, life cycles, growth,

tomb art. The Romans

wholeness and renewal. Fruits of the tree

painted them as fres-

represented love, compassion, generosity,

coes. Impressionists and

wisdom, courage and other human

modern painters, like Picasso, added their

attributes. Create your own Tree of Life art.

own style. To appreciate, study and sketch

We’ll provide a choice of media (paint,

or paint a basic object is at the

markers or colored pencils) plus idea

heart of visual arts. Take a simple gourd or

starters. Reflect on the past year. What are

pumpkin and interpret it your way using

you grateful for? Put those symbolic

paint, pastels or even crayons — your

elements into your tree.

choice. Examples and all materials provided.

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W E L L N E S S P R O GR AMS No experience is necessary, and all supplies are provided. Caregivers are encouraged to attend with the person living with cancer. Lymphedema-Focused




Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. — Tai Chi/

Wednesdays • 11 to 11:45 a.m. Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness

Moving Meditation


11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Group

This class will address cancer-related

Movement: Level 2

lymphedema through gentle movement

12:30 to 1 p.m.— Group

and stretches for both the upper and lower

Movement: Level 1

body. Modifications are offered so that

Tai Chi/Moving Meditation


everyone can participate safely. A yoga

Mondays • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Gentle Yoga

mat is recommended.

Kristi Niedzwiecki, ACE Certified


Fitness Instructor

10 to 10:45 a.m. — Gentle Pilates

Restorative Yoga

Center yourself as you become aware of

11 to 11:45 a.m. — Lymphedema-

your own energy, while relaxing and

Focused Movement

strengthening your body without injury

5 to 6 p.m — Restorative Yoga

or strain. Tai chi is an ancient form of meditative exercise that helps to harmonize mind and body. A simplified routine is taught with traditional postures

Wednesdays • 5 to 6 p.m. Chitra Singh, Certified Yoga Instructor Restorative yoga is a gentle, calming, therapeutic yoga that cultivates relaxation and balance and uses props to support the

and emotionally. Physical activity can reduce fatigue, increase endurance, boost

body. Each restorative pose will be held for five to six minutes to release tension and deepen relaxation.

and slow soft movements.

energy levels and improve mood. With the

Group Movement: Level 2

use of bands, light weights and other

Nutrition Consultations

props, you will build or rebuild strength

By appointment only

and stamina.

Michelle Cordes, MS, RD, LDN

Mondays • 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor Designed for those who have completed treatment, this class offers a mix of exercise, yoga and Pilates to help you gain or regain strength, mobility and endurance. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, this class is a step above in intensity in comparison to the other

Gentle Yoga Tuesdays • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mary Keane, RYT200 Achieve a higher state of mindfulness while building strength and balance. This gentle yoga class will help you manage cancer by tapping into your mind-body connection to improve overall wellness. Modifications are offered so that everyone can

classes offered at Waterford Place.

participate safely.

Group Movement: Level 1

Gentle Pilates

Mondays • 12:30 to 1 p.m. Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor Designed for those who are newly diagnosed or in active treatment, this class will help you feel better physically, mentally


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Wednesdays • 10 to 10:45 a.m. Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor Low impact Pilates is a series of exercises that develop the body’s strength, flexibility and control.

Rush Copley Medical Center Nutrition consultations are available for anyone diagnosed with cancer at any stage of diagnosis. Our registered dietitian will discuss meal preparation and current diet trends and help you manage treatment-related side effects and choose healthier foods.

W EL L NE S S P R O GR AMS Quinoa and Black Bean Chili Recipe Ingredients 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed 2 cups vegetable broth 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves, chopped 1 Tbsp chili powder 1 Tbsp ground cumin 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes 1 (14-15 oz) can tomato sauce (no salt added) 2 (19 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 zucchini, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced 1 tsp dried oregano Salt/pepper to taste 1 cup frozen corn

Healing Kitchen Seafood Series Grace Esler, MS, RDN, LDN

among other important processes. This

Did you know that seafood is low in

recipe is bursting with flavor and good fat.

saturated fats, high in protein and packed full of important nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and B? These nutrients are essential to maintaining good health and particularly important for the health of your brain, eyes and immune system. Learn more about seafood while exploring new ingredients and recipes in this fall series. Salmon with Walnut Pesto Thursday, October 6 • 6 to 7 p.m. Learn to prepare fresh salmon with a vegan pesto sauce. This fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which help with cellular function, nervous system regulation and inflammatory responses,

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro Preparation: 1. Bring quinoa and broth to a boil in saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to

Tilapia with Mango Pineapple Salsa

medium low, cover and simmer until the

Thursday, November 10 • 6 to 7 p.m.

quinoa is tender and the broth has been

This delicious healthy tilapia recipe will be

absorbed, about 15-20 minutes. Set aside.

a hit with the whole family. Tilapia is a mild-flavored white fish loaded with protein and nutrients. It is easy to prepare and pairs nicely with our sweet and tangy fruit salsa topping.

2. Heat the vegetable oil in large pot over medium heat. Stir in onion and cook until onion softens and turns translucent (about 5 minutes). Add garlic, chili powder and cumin; cook and stir 1 minute to release flavors. Stir

Quinoa Crab Cakes

in tomatoes, black beans, bell peppers,

with Lemon Dill Sauce

zucchini, jalapeno pepper and oregano.

Thursday, December 8 • 6 to 7 p.m.

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer

Vegetarians will enjoy this seafood

over high heat, then reduce heat to medium

alternative dish: “crab” cakes that appear

low, cover and simmer 20 minutes.

traditional with their bold and delicious flavor but are made with hearts of palm, chickpeas and artichokes. They are vegetarian, gluten-free and really tasty!

3. After 20 minutes, stir in quinoa and corn, cook to reheat corn for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro to serve.

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S A L O N A N D S PA P R O GR AMS Simply Beautiful Skin Friday, October 14 • 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, November 11 • 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, December 9 • 10 to 11:30 a.m. Geralyn O’Brien, Licensed and Oncology-Focused Esthetician Developed to help you manage skin changes during cancer treatment, this class will demonstrate how to implement a skin care regimen with safe products and enhance your natural beauty using the timeless principle of simplicity. The same class is offered each month to accommodate different schedules. Simply Beautiful Hair

treatment-related hair changes,

and traditional skin care methods and

customizable complimentary wigs, wig care,

products can sometimes do more harm

options for head coverings, and assistance

than good. When skin is compromised, it

Jenny Burns, Licensed Cosmetologist and

with styling hair as it grows back.

needs products that are safe and gentle

Medical Hair Loss Expert

Oncology Massage

Monday, October 17 • 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, November 21 • 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, December 19 • 2 to 3 p.m.

If you need help managing hair changes related to cancer treatment, this class is for you. Topics to be covered include initial hair loss, wigs and head coverings, hair regrowth and safe products that can help with achieving your hair care goals. The class is offered each month to accommodate different schedules.

By appointment only Michelle Haugen, LMT, CLT Rachel Cordova, LMT

Customized Comfort Session

decrease treatment-related side effects,

By appointment only

reduce stress and pain, and improve

Pam Riley-Valesh, RN, Certified Clinical

perceived quality of life.

Aromatherapist, Reflexologist, Healing

By appointment only

Vibrational Sound Therapist Spend a relaxing evening pampering yourself from head to toe! Participants will create a gentle foot soak and sugar scrub and receive a kit with pampering items. The night includes a sound healing meditation. Please let us know of any allergies or sensitivities to ingredients in advance. Waterford Place Wig Boutique and Salon By appointment only Salon services are available for those experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatments. Services include addressing


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maintain healthy skin. UZIT (Urban Zen Integrative Therapy)

Monday, December 5 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Certified

appropriate treatment to help restore and

and specialized massage treatments to

Oncology Skin Care Consultations

Oncology-Focused Esthetician

will assess your skin care needs and provide

Oncology massage combines compassion

Glow From Head to Toe Geralyn O’Brien, Licensed and

to bring it back to health. Geralyn or Kate

Geralyn O'Brien and Kate Romano, Licensed and Oncology-Focused Estheticians Individual consultations are available to help you manage skin changes due to cancer treatment. Services include a comprehensive review of products and

Touch Spiritual Ministry Practitioner Urban Zen Integrative Therapy uses a variety of complementary therapy modalities that include breathwork, body awareness meditation, restorative poses, Reiki and essential oils to help ease discomfort. Schedule an appointment to learn how small things can help you to feel better in a big way.

cosmetics, recommendations for


oncology-safe products, and addressing

By appointment only

skin-related issues. Oncology Facials By appointment only Geralyn O'Brien and Kate Romano, Licensed and Oncology-Focused Estheticians Cancer treatments may leave the skin dry, sensitive and lacking proper nutrients,

Pam Riley-Valesh, RN, Certified Reflexologist Rachel Cordova, Certified Reflexologist The practice of reflexology involves massaging or applying pressure to various acupressure points on the foot to reduce stress and support overall health.

5 Tips To Manage Holiday Stress Even with a cancer diagnosis, you can choose to be grateful and enjoy the beauty of the season The holiday season can be a wonderful, yet stressful, time. Because of media portrayals, we often expect magic, joy and extravagance. We can get lost in unrealistic expectations. Adding a cancer diagnosis into the mix complicates things even further. The following tips can help you manage stress during the holidays. 1. Identify the source of stress. It is common to feel stress and intense emotions during the holidays, even without a cancer diagnosis. You may feel stress due to grief, finances, fears, worries, side effects of treatment, family pressures or some other reason. When you identify the source of your stress, you move to identifying what you can control. 2. Recognize your emotions. Like stress, emotions are inevitable and it’s important to recognize them. The goal is to acknowledge what you are feeling without letting these emotions consume you. While you cannot control the thoughts and

4. Prioritize yourself.

unrealistic. Many things have changed, and

emotions that come up, you can control

When it comes to relationships with others,

acknowledging those changes will help

how much attention you give them. Deep

be prepared to avoid toxic individuals, or

you develop realistic expectations.

breathing, meditating, yoga, journaling and

practice methods that will help you

Remove yourself from an “all or nothing”

verbalizing what you think and feel can help

confront them. Practice mantras like,

mindset. You can have a magical, joyful

you organize your thoughts and emotions.

“I open my heart and accept others as

holiday season as long as you appreciate

they are.”

what is instead of trying to meet

3. It’s OK to say ‘no.’

expectations you don’t have control

In identifying your stressors, you also learn

Even though you may be surrounded by

that it’s OK to set limits. Sometimes we

loved ones, you may feel lonely or isolated

feel that we must engage in all holiday

because others don’t understand the can-

activities, so we don’t disappoint others.

cer journey. Support groups, volunteering,

It’s important to recognize and prioritize

community programs and religious or

yourself, your preferences and your health.

spiritual events can help you develop a

Recognize your limits and desires ahead of

sense of validation, unity and purpose.

Stress is inevitable. Take the time to

time. Ask yourself: “What is important to

Talking with a professional can also help.

discover what stress-reducing techniques

over. Don’t worry about how things “should be.” As the late Toni Morrison said, “(When you) trade your expectations for appreciation, the world changes instantly.”

work for you. Be grateful for what is

me during the holidays?” Remember that you have a choice, you have control over

5. Be realistic.

and practice self-compassion. Appreciate

what you do or do not do, and it is OK to

Expecting that the holidays will be the

the beauty of what the holidays truly

listen to yourself.

same as in previous years may be

mean to you.

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