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BCNA News 03 Dec 2018

Coping with cancer and the holidays

While the festive season is a happy time for many people, we know that it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year.

For those that celebrate Christmas, the day may be different in many ways this year. You may be coping with decision-making, treatments and the general uncertainty associated with this journey.

Some of our online network members having been sharing how they’re approaching the festive season this year in the conversation ‘This Christmas I will be’.

This Christmas I will be ... not striving to make everything perfect … I'm going for no expectations and we'll see what happens. – kmakm

It's been an expensive year under treatment – even in a public hospital. So I'll be limiting the cost of gifts … my new guideline will be, ‘We don't need more “stuff”. Let's just spend time together over a meal.’ – Flaneuse

This year will be quite different, I'll be having chemo on Christmas Eve! – TeePee

Click here to read more of the conversation.

While BCNA’s office will close at 5.00 pm (AEST) on Friday 21 December, our online network is available 24/7. Join to connect with others and find support.

BCNA’s office will reopen on Monday 7 January at 9.00 am (AEST). 

Cancer Council is available on 13 11 20 Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (AEST) except on public holidays. Lifeline (13 11 14) and beyondblue (1300 22 4636) are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.