Thursday, August 9, 2007

Is Cancer Genetic or Environmental?

No, we won't resolve that question in one simple blog entry!

What does bear repeating is that a quickly growing number of even conventional-thinking allopathic doctors and researchers are finally coming on board with the idea that cancer is MUCH more related to the environment vs. genetics. More accurately stated, all dis-eases of lifestyle are a result of how we adapt to our environment. How and what we eat, how we move, how we think, how we respond to stress, the toxins we expose ourselves to.... the list goes on and on. Kinda' makes the genetic theory seem shamefully under-developed, at best.

Cancer is now considered by many health experts as a disease of lifestyle.

Are there 'genetic' connections and similarities? Sure. Families grow up with similar environments and develp similar responses to their internal and external environments. BUT, we all know people who have cancer... and no one else in their family does. The genetic theory is flawed.

.... and that's OK.

I like knowing that I have MUCH more control over my health than just relying on my genes!

Although there are absolutely no guarantees in life, or health, I choose to believe that living a wellness lifestyle will create wellness.... and allow no room for dis-ease. I make daily choices to move well, eat well, think well, rest well... and love.

The way I see it, even if I'm wrong, at least I've lived a great, healthy and happy life in the meantime!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Each Day is a Blessing

Approximately 3 and 1/2 months ago, I was told by one of my mom's doctors that she "had maybe 2 months" to live. It's impossible for words to describe the emotions I felt during the following weeks. I learned many things during that time - one of them being how very human I am! Emotions, no matter how intense or uncomfortable, make us who we are. We are truly living when we are feeling.

Now, almost 4 months later, I'm just thankful for each day my mom is here. I'm thankful for each and every conversation... each and every hug. I know that each one could be our last. Of course, the ultimate realization is that that's the truth for all of us... cancer or not. Cancer just helps us remember how we really should treat each other. One of those ironic blessings of cancer!

Because God has determined that mom still needs to be here, we've been able to celebrate life a little bit more. Mom was here for her beloved first granddaughter's 5th birthday, she was here for her own birthday a couple weeks ago, and she and dad have spent some very happy (and loud) days here with their joyful grandkids! In fact, mom was even able to muster up the energy to go out for a fabulous birthday celebration dinner. She thoroughly enjoyed it, as did all of us!

Each day is truly precious. None of it is easy, but it is what it is. My life is being woven and this experience of cancer is part of the beautiful intricate pattern.