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Thanksgiving Day…It’s Not About the Dinner

Posted on the 24 November 2011 by Jean Campbell

Thanksgiving DinnerHappy Thanksgiving… a phrase we hear throughout this day from family members and friends, on the television and anywhere else we find ourselves today.

Happy Thanksgiving long-time survivors. You know why you are thankful. Hopefully over the years you have learned what is important to you and you know how to enjoy this holiday without getting stressed out by the demands of the day.

Happy Thanksgiving those of you who have recently completed active treatment. It’s over and you are on the mend. If you are cooking and entertaining, I hope you have lots of helpers. What I really hope is that you are a dinner guest of a family member or a good friend.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are in active treatment. For many of you, given how you feel,  the last thing you care about today is eating a turkey dinner. Take it easy. Pamper yourself, let others pamper you. Next year is soon enough to play your part in Thanksgiving preparations and entertaining, if that’s what you want to do.

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you recently diagnosed and waiting for treatment to begin. Most of you are doing your best to join in with the festivities of the day. Not easy to do when your mind is elsewhere.  Don’t be hard on yourself, facing treatment is hard enough without the strain of putting on a brave face for family and friends. Be sure to surround yourself with people who respect your privacy and you feelings.  Avoid those who want to share war stories about women they know who have gone through breast cancer.

I hope, like me, you have reached a point in your life where you can give yourself permission to do what you want to do, not what you feel obligated to do this Thanksgiving holiday and throughout the upcoming holiday season.

Getting through Breast Cancer earns you the right to do it your way.

So…Happy Thanksgiving everyone and many more!

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