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.
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?