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  • Writer's pictureLisa Dunk

Navigating Thanksgiving Part 2: Setting Boundaries and Keeping the Conversation Light

Hello there, my Champions of Boundaries!

As Thanksgiving approaches, it's a time to come together, share gratitude, and enjoy each other's company. But if you're dealing with cancer, you might be dreading the inevitable questions and conversations. Fear not, I've got your back with some tips to help you enjoy Thanksgiving without diving into the cancer talk.

Prioritize Your Well-Being:

First and foremost, remember that your well-being is the top priority. If discussing your cancer feels draining or uncomfortable, set some boundaries. You're not obligated to share more than you're comfortable with.

If someone persists in probing, it's perfectly acceptable to steer the conversation elsewhere. You could say something like, "I appreciate your concern, but today, I'd rather focus on enjoying our time together and hearing about what's new with you."

Have a Game Plan:

Prep some go-to topics that keep the conversation far from cancer land. Whether it's the latest blockbuster or that awesome DIY project, having some convo tricks up your sleeve can be a lifesaver.

Find Common Ground:

Steer the talk towards stuff everyone can get behind. Whether it's a TV series you're all hooked on or the amazing food on the table, shared interests make for great chatter.

Express Your Gratitude:

At some point during the gathering, take a moment to express your gratitude for the love and support you receive from your family and friends. This can be a heartfelt way to redirect the conversation without having to share all the deets.

Remember, setting boundaries is an act of self-care, and you have every right to enjoy Thanksgiving without feeling obligated to discuss your cancer. Focus on what brings you joy, and let this holiday be a source of warmth and connection.

Sending y'all the love and pumpkin pie,


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