Monday, November 29, 2010

Question of the Week: Do You Have the Holiday Blues?

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Welcome to the holiday season.

Last week I asked if you were ready for the holidays. This week I am wondering if this time of year is getting you down. If you are feeling down, I can relate...

You see, in 2004, three days before Christmas, my Dad died from complications for Alzheimer's disease. It was a bittersweet moment in time. Since then, the holidays remind me of his death.

Christmas 2004 was also my first Christmas living with chronic pain and chronic fatigue. These chronic illnesses profoundly impacted my ability to celebrate the holidays like I had in the past. It has taken me several years now to figure out a new way to celebrate Christmas. There were a few years among the six since 2004 where I seemed to have lost my holiday spirit altogether.

This year, I wrote a series of post about The Holiday Blues to share some of the things I have learned over the past six year and encourage you to reclaim your holiday spirit too:
Tell me if you are having problems coping with the holidays and what steps you are taking to deal with the holiday blues. I welcome your comments here or head over to the Oh My Aches and Pains! Facebook page and join the discussion there.

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Heather said...

I know how hard Christmas can be. This will be my first Christmas without Mom. How awful to lose your dad. I hope this holiday will be okay for you.

Anonymous said...

My father died almost 9 years ago, he died on New Year's Eve. January 1st was my mom and dad's anniversary. He died two hours before their anniversary on a holiday they used to celebrate happily together. My dad's birthday was in early November so the time period from November to January is one I dread. I always feel better when the first week of January is over. Time does help, but don't think it heals forever. On certain days the pain remains the same as it once was. Here's hoping we get through the holidays easily.