The upcoming holiday season is a time of joy and celebration for many people. However, it can also be a difficult time for people living with cancer including family and friends. Our new fact sheet Special Occasions and Celebrations offers practical tips to help people manage expectations and look after themselves over the holiday season. This can include things like:
If you are not able to attend the celebration, ask someone to take a video, or use Skype or Facetime so you can still be part of the festivities.
Being gentle with yourself
Have an exit plan prepared for times when you may find a gathering or party overwhelming. Ask a friend to be your support if you want to leave or need a break.
Celebrating in new ways
If your usual rituals or traditions are no longer possible or do not feel right, consider replacing them with new ones. For example, a festive breakfast may be better when energy levels are highest. If you have lost a loved one, find a way to celebrate their memory at this time.
Download this practical fact sheet for more tips to help patients and their families through this time of year.
13 11 20 hours over the holiday season
Monday 26 December: Closed
Tuesday 27 December: Closed
Wednesday 28 January: 9am - 3pm
Thursday 29 December: 9am - 3pm
Friday 30 January: 9am - 3pm
Monday 2 January: Closed
Our voicemail service will operate on the days we are closed. Patients, family and friend can leave their name and phone number and a Cancer Council health professional will return their call on the next working day. To speak with a cancer nurse in their own language, patients, family and friends can call 13 14 50.
Other support services available:
Lifeline 13 11 14 (24 hour service)
Grief Line 9596 7799 (12pm - 3am)
Online support www.cancercouncil.com.au/OC
Carers Victoria 1800 052 222
Your local GP
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