Cancer sucks, and finding any kind of joy may seem impossible, but emotions are more than the words that describe them. They’re pure physical sensations that we experience all the time. When coping with breast cancer, joy might seem so far from any emotion you might be feeling. However, when it’s possible to find some kind of joy in life it can change your outlook and give you the strength for any trial.

Joy is expressed in many different ways. The way you measure joy is different from before your diagnosis. Your joy now could come from something as simple as the appreciation you feel at the end of a pretty good day, or walking your dog on a brisk winter morning.

Joy makes us feel better about ourselves. It can make us feel confident, powerful, capable, lovable and fulfilled. All the things that can be a positive source in battling breast cancer. All good reasons to experience more joy.

I’m Taking Charge wants to help you find joy during this holiday season. Let’s  start a list, and maybe you can add something we haven’t thought of that gives you joy during the holiday.

There is no perfection, only beautiful versions of brokenness. – Shannon Adler

Try not to fantasize about the perfect holiday season.

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Don’t have an idealized version of what the holidays should be like. No one has an ideal, picture-perfect holiday. Sometimes it’s the chaos that brings everyone closer.

 

You can’t recognize good times, if you don’t have bad ones.- Anonymous

Enjoy and appreciate the good times, no matter how far between they may seem to come these days.

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Recognize the blessings that you have in your life. Appreciate the things that you have, and savor the moment. Don’t take even the mundane things for granted.

 

 

Forever is composed of nows. – Emily Dickinson

Live in the moment.

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You can find moments of joy even in the most difficult of times. Really feel those moments that give you joy.

 

 

Change what cannot be accepted and accept what cannot be changed. – Reinhol Niebuhr

Find your inner peace.

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Meditation and prayer are two obvious ways give yourself serenity and joy.

 

 

We are only given today, and never promised tomorrow. So be sure to tell the important people in your life that you love them. – Anonymous

Nurture the important relationships in your life.

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A USA Today article says the happiest people surround themselves with good friends and family.

 

 

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. – Albert Einstein

Step away from the materialism and do something spiritual, family-oriented, or non-materialistic this season.

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It’s easy to lose sight of things that really matter, like friendships, family, or spirituality. Try to focus on others who may be less fortunate.

 

 

One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go. Whether it’s guilt, anger, love, loss or betrayal. Change is never easy. We fight to hold on and we fight to let go. – Anonymous

Leave your guilt at the door.

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Don’t let it overwhelm you. If you don’t have all the energy you might normally have during the holidays, pick and choose carefully what you think you can accomplish. Rely on your friends and family to take up the slack.

So sit back, enjoy the season, find your joy and love those that mean the most.