Sharpen Your Hoe

This past week was a rough one and I am glad to say goodbye to it so I can look ahead. Last week’s challenges included hearing of four separate cases of close friends and family being diagnosed with serious illnesses. It’s hard to figure out how to deal with it from my end –What do I say? What do I do? Should I crack jokes and try to make them laugh? Or do I cry with them? But as hard as it is for me to hear someone say they’re sick, I know it’s infinitely harder for them. The road to recovery is a challenging one and no one should go through some of those life changes alone.

That being said, there’s more that we can do to fight cancer. The number one way to fight cancer is to prevent it.

I was reading a holistic living magazine and I was shocked at the contents. Usually, I read these magazines to see the latest in natural healing. But this paragraph shocked me.

Sharpen your hoe? I was standing on the train reading the magazine and I had to take a seat to finish. For the first time I can remember, I saw a magazine like this one encourage surgery as a way to deal with cancer. Cut out the offending part and move on. Scary but necessary, in many cases. Sometimes that is probably the best option.Lots of people get diagnosed with cancer and opt to treat it agressively with surgery and medication. And they live. Too often, I am hearing about people who are diagnosed and decide not to have surgery or chemotherapy; instead, they opt for natural treatments and unfortunately they don’t recover. It’s a tough situation and I pray for everyone who’s dealing with it.
Anyway, I digress. Back to the number one way to deal with cancer. Prevention. Try to do what you can to get and stay healthy. And more and more the statistics are pointing to diet as the number one cause of cancers. One study said 100 grams of barbecue steak has just as much carcinogen (cancer-causing chemicals) as sixty, yeah 60, cigarettes. Those are alarming numbers.

I love eating chicken. Jerk (barbecue) chicken is like one of the unofficial national dishes in Jamaica. But I’m not willing to die for it. I’m trying to eat a little (or a lot) healthier this week.

What are your changing in your life this week?

5 Comments Add yours

  1. sfarnell says:

    Good post Karen, I never knew much of this. Happy Monday 🙂

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  2. So interesting that you mention this because I was just reading an article in a completely different publication about the same thing! And I think you’re right – diet is the BEST way to prevent cancer! This really has me thinking about what I put into my own body this week!

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks for the comment, Rachel. It really is all about intentional living – thinking about the future and living in accordance with what you want later on.
      There are no guarantees in life but I think if we live well, then there’s no besting ourselves up and saying “I wish I had done different”.

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  3. Karen says:

    I do believe eating greatly impacts health. I am always trying to give up my fountain diet soda I love so much…I know it is not good for me, I just wish I did’t love the fizziness so much.
    I always each meal is a chance to start over 🙂

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    1. Run Wright says:

      That’s the wonderful part of life – every moment is an opportunity to make a better choice. No matter how many times I’ve derailed my diet plan, I can always start again.
      All the best with your goals. A little soda isn’t the worst thing you can do. I enjoy a glass of if every now and then. Just practice moderation.

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