I found a new blog by Miya called Nightlife to 9 Months. She was actually featured on Girl’s Gone Child – one of my favorites blogs I never miss. Anyway, Miya and I have very similar cancer profiles (yes, this is a real term. I’m thinking about adding it to my “About” page). She and her husband were trying to conceive when she discovered a lump in her breast. 36 years old. Another lucky member of the young ones. Well, a few posts ago she wrote about how her Oncologist suggested she stop drinking wine and eating sugars. This is not ground breaking news. My Onc told me something similar.
But also said “everything is fine in moderation.”
I commented on her post with the same statement. Plus, I wrote that if wine and sugar were the causes of cancer we’d have a definitive answer for where cancer comes from. Because really, no one knows. Sure, some say sugar fuels cancer cells. Ok, but that’s not a cause. Maybe it’s environmental? Or maybe God gave me cancer – yes, a friend of mine believes this is the case. Anyway, I certainly didn’t want to hijack the comments on her blog but someone replied to what I wrote, quoting some study, basically saying “yes, dummy, cancer is caused by sugar.” I wasn’t going to engage back and forth because it’s not a competition – at least for me – about who’s right and who isn’t.
I came across a quote by pro golfer Jack Nicklaus today that read You can spend all day trying to figure out why you hit your ball into the woods – or you can just go in and get it out. It’s not my job to figure out why I got cancer. It happened. It’s my job how to figure out how to live with it. Fighting back with food seems like a good idea. What I think it a better idea is to shift my focus from fighting cancer to just simply living better. Another blog I follow is by Rebecca at Real Mom of OC. She too is another young one. Cancer jumpstarted a major change in her lifestyle. I’m so inspired by how much weight she’s lost, that she’s running 10Ks, and that she looks phenomenal.
And then I wonder why I haven’t been able to jumpstart my own healthy journey. I’ve fallen into my old slumps, eating snacks and treats after everyone’s gone to bed. Opting for a Frap instead of a plain coffee. I had this idea – #challenge25 where I’d set out to lose 25 pounds. Ok, great idea but how? Weight Watchers? Been there. Clean eating? Meh. Sunday Set-Up? Sort of. I need to exercise too but I’ve got every excuse in the book on why I don’t go to my fancy gym. What’s holding me back? Do I need another scare to scare me straight?
Since we remodeled our kitchen I’ve been slowly putting my library of cookbooks away and came across one I haven’t looked at in three years. It’s called “The Cancer Survivor’s Guide: Foods that help you fight back!” It’s really just a cookbook full of healthy recipes. It could be called “The Diabetes Survivor’s Guide” or “The Heart Healthy Survivors’s Guide.” It’s just nutritious food. It seems like such a no-brainer.
And so the cycle continues. I’ve been here before. I
hope want to make some healthy changes. I don’t want to wait any longer and I definitely don’t want another bout with cancer.