CANcer-Proof Your Life.....YES, I CAN and so CAN YOU!by Sue Ansari on 07/31/11
In about two weeks, it will have been three years since my
fingers found the source of my discomfort that had been plaguing me for
months....and then the ride began. For anyone who has not experienced the
"Cancer Carousel", believe me, it is a ride you desperately want to
get off, but something the centrifugal force will not allow. It is all simply
too much to comprehend and something one can never be prepared for. But,
eventually, the ride will end and I must say, standing on your own two feet
after all that whirling is nearly as difficult as the ride itself.
I stand (sit) here today a much wiser and calmer person than I was three years ago, prepared to live the rest of my life much differently than I have lived the past 62 years. Landmark birthdays had never bothered me. Age had always been simply a number, plus, genetics had been very kind to me; however, my last birthday smacked me silly. The previous eight years, I had done very little other than enroll in one alternative "enrichment" course after another, continually searching for the "the answer", but never quite finding it. I realized at age 62 if I did not get on track with something, I would be twiddling my thumbs at age 70...and where would I go from there?
I expressed my age-related angst to a very wise friend who calmly told me what I had been doing for the past eight years was the foundation for the next eight...how right she was! Since the beginning of 2011, everything has simply fallen into place, although not without a good deal of huffing, puffing and much hand-wringing.
Promoting a healthy lifestyle, instigating a lifestyle program, has been something I have been "in training" for since the mid-80's when I first interned for two weeks with Charlotte Hamlin at her "Fresh Start" program at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. A few weeks ago I sat in "Forks Over Knives", listened to Colin Campbell and Caldwell Esselstyn MD speak of lifestyle changes I have known were true for more than 25 years....and the tears began to fall. At that moment, I realized that if I did not share my knowledge and expertise in this field and very quickly, my time to do so would be gone. But I still needed inspiration, incentive.....
That inspiration came again in the form of a dreadful cancer diagnosis, having an extremely poor prognosis, to a very young woman in my family. She has been my muse, my inspiration, to share and coach those who have cancer, as well as those who do not. From the start, I want it to be extremely clear that what I promote in NO way can cure cancer, but in every way, it will reduce cancer risk in those who are disease-free and decrease recurrence in those who have already had cancer.
These days, there is not enough time in a day for all that I am rapidly putting together. The urgency to share the "word" presses heavily on me as I hear the medical updates regarding my dear cousin.
Nothing is complicated here - no drugs, no magic potients, no unusual ingredients - much has been documented in clinical evidence-based research, while much is simply known to work. All in all, the easy, simple way to CANcer-Proof Your Life! is to get back to basics which I have found many have no idea how to do. Yes, you CAN CANcer-Proof Your Life...it is so easy, let me show you how!