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December 21, 2023 30 mins

In this episode, Cancer Thriver and Cancer Doula, Talaya Dendy discusses the challenges of navigating the holiday season while dealing with a cancer diagnosis. She shares tips for managing unrealistic expectations, setting boundaries, and prioritizing self-care. She also addresses the concerns of feeling like a burden or outcast at social gatherings. Listeners will gain valuable tips and resources to help them find joy and balance during the holiday season while managing their cancer journey.

Highlights from the show: 

[00:03:20] - Tips for Navigating Loneliness and Grief
[00:05:00] - Box Breathing Exercise
[00:07:45] - Cancer and the Holidays: Expectations vs. Reality
[00:12:30] - Managing Unrealistic Expectations
[00:15:50] - Communicating with Family and Friends
[00:18:20] - Setting Boundaries and Dealing with Questions
[00:21:00] - Prioritizing Self-Care and Creating New Traditions
[00:23:30] - Navigating Cancer Treatment During the Holidays
[00:27:00] - Free Resources for Support
[00:29:10] - Addressing Feelings of Being a Burden

Resources:

CancerCare - https://www.cancercare.org

Holiday Helpline - (800) 662-HELP (4357)

National Alliance for Caregiving - https://www.caregiving.org

Connect and learn more about Didi Hairston:

Website: https://www.divawithdepression.com

Podcast: https://www.divawithdepression.com/podcasts

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/divawdep

Connect and learn more about Talaya Dendy:

Website: https://www.ontheotherside.life

Sparkle Site: https://sprkl.es/ontheotherside/

Link To:

Tips to Manage Holiday Stress and Unrealistic Expectations on Amazon Music

Tips to Manage Holiday Stress and Unrealistic Expectations on Apple Podcasts

Tips to Manage Holiday Stress and Unrealistic Expectations on Spotify

Tips to Manage Holiday Stress and Unrealistic Expectations on iHeart Radio

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🦄About Me:

In 2011, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, out of the blue. I did not have any prior health concerns or issues. Fast forward, the dreaded cancer diagnosis opened my eyes, introduced me to my purpose, and led me to where I am today. 

As a Cancer Doula, I use my 12 years of experience with cancer to support and guide others diagnosed with cancer. Many people are not familiar with what a cancer doula is. Think of me as your personal guide and patient advocate. Schedule a 30-minute Meet and Greet call to confidentially share the challenges you are facing and learn more about how I can support you. https://bit.ly/OTOSDiscovery

Learn more about On the Other Side at https://www.ontheotherside.life/. Connect with me on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/talayadendy/), or sign up for my bi-weekly news

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