My husband recently bought me a tee shirt that states: NO Cancer formed against me shall prosper. A take on the scripture:
Isa.54:17 – King James Version
The fight against cancer is like no other battle that you will ever face. The doctor can tell you, you’ve got high blood pressure, it could lead to a stroke. But many people go right on with what they have been doing until the day it happens and then everyone is shocked that Uncle Joe had a stroke.
You have a family history of diabetes, chances are you will get it too. I have three generations of diabetes in my family – maybe more but I don’t think medical practice documented anything prior to that, and they didn’t live long either. OK, I know I should make some changes. I don’t want to be taking insulin. Then I go right back to devouring sugar laden brownies, and a bag of cheetos, and fast food fries, and, and, and.
You will see all over the news, the tv commercials for hospitals supposedly to help us as a nation improve our health that obesity is linked to heart disease and diabetes. Statistics puts 2 out of 3 adults in America today as overweight or obese.
This is scary: Obesity increases your odds for a heart attack and diabetes, the two most medicated conditions in our society.
I’ll tell you something even scarier: Obesity increases your odds for cancer. This is something I never heard before getting it. Cancer is far scarier than heart disease or diabetes because we know people who live with it. “Oh yeah, my dad takes heart medications. My sister has diabetes, I don’t know how she administers her shots every day.”
This is something I never heard before getting it. Cancer is far scarier than heart disease or diabetes because we know people who live with it. “Oh yeah, my dad takes heart medications. My sister has diabetes, I don’t know how she administers her shots every day.”
Certain cancers like breast cancer feed off of the hormone estrogen, which is carried in the fat cells, and the more fat cells, the more estrogen, the higher your risk for cancer.
Don’t believe me? Go here: American Cancer Society
I don’t think it’s any secret to anyone here that I am overweight. I am obese. My whole family is large. I contributed it to my genes, upbringing, yes and learned habits. We all ate wrong foods, too large portions, and lots of sugary desserts. (My mother was an excellent baker!)
Sugar feeds cancer as well. I have dabbled with going sugar-free for a few years, but then at Easter or Christmas there would be a dessert table laden with scrumptious sweets and I would indulge. I have been sugar-free since May 3rd, the day of my surgery.
Let me tell you, there is nothing that will put the fear of dying into you like CANCER.
I’m not ready to go yet. I want to live to be a pain in the butt for my girls and hopefully, some day have grandkids. Therefore, I have been reading everything I can to keep from having a second bout with cancer. I count myself as blessed to have been given a second chance, I don’t want to waste it.
It is with mixed emotions that I share this next bit – because a part of me wants to claim the victim role.
Breast cancer? Why me? What did I do? I don’t have any family history.
Much like diabetes, cancer can be self-inflicted.
There are four areas that we can have control of whether or not we get cancer or get a recurrence of cancer. Once you have been diagnosed with cancer, there is always a risk of it returning. You’re always looking over your shoulder. I want to put as much distance between me and cancer as I can.
So, logic would dictate:
IF I CAUSED THIS, THEN I CAN FIX THIS.
There are four areas that we can take control:
- Stress Management
Over the next four weeks on Monday I will be addressing these. I’m not trying to tell anyone what to do, or what to eat. The fact is, these past four months have scared me witless in a way that the doctor telling me I need to lose weight never could. NOT ONCE did anyone ever say, being fat can cause cancer. I was told, ‘You need to lose weight’ (Tell me something I don’t already know.) ‘You have a family history of diabetes.’ (I know, I really need to watch my carbs and sugar.) ‘Being overweight is hard on your joints.’ (Ya think? You try carrying around this extra weight all the time!) It can lead to heart disease. (I need to get back to the gym.)
But not once did anyone ever tell me, You know, I know you feel like you’re a victim in this but if you continue in this lifestyle, obesity is linked to breast cancer and you could get cancer.
I’m pretty smart about most things but when it came to my own health, I was a moron. I knew I needed to make changes just like everyone knows that pizza isn’t on the biggest loser diet plan. I knew I needed to get back to the gym but . . . . and then the excuses begin. Cancer, however, got my full attention, woke me up out of the stupor I was in. A sugar laden processed food lack of movement Michelin man stupor.
Cancer took part of my breast, part of my dignity, a big part of my peace of mind, and has left me with a compromised immune system, scars, and a determination that I will do everything within my power to never have to go through this again.
Now, having said that. . . you can do everything right and cancer isn’t selective. But I want to do everything I can to decrease the chances of it returning.
What about you? How would you react? Do you think I am overcompensating? Do you think I am irrational?
Write on my friends, write on.