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By Kayla Giacin
Thursday, December 29, 2011

As 2012 rapidly approaches, I’ve been thinking about what the New Year means to many of us.  We’re all aware of the traditional resolutions in which we resolve to either engage in new behaviors or rid ourselves of old bad habits so that we can better ourselves.

How many times have we heard somebody say, “I resolve to lose 50 pounds and join a health club” or “I’m going to quit smoking this year,” However, survivors and caregivers both know that sometimes bettering ourselves might involve resolutions that seem lack luster in comparison to other ones. 

A young adult survivor might feel overwhelmed yet accomplished by taking and succeeding in one college class while their peers might be making resolutions to get all A’s with their full-time course load.   Another survivor might feel intimidated when their classmates are resolving to make a certain school sports team while they are rehabilitating skills lost during diagnosis and treatments.

Unfortunately, it is easy to measure our successes in terms of what we don’t have instead of what we do.  The fact is that every person has their own set of challenges in their life, and success should be measured in terms of what we individually have sought, fought, and conquered.

If you or your loved one’s resolutions for 2012 do not seem to match the undertakings of others, then take a look at what your personal struggles have been and look at what things you have done or could do to improve these things. Everyone has the power to make changes that will have a positive impact on them, you just have to look at what it means for you and not in terms of others.  Here's to a Happy New Year!

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