This morning I woke up to my father randomly reading the newspaper and learning that his close friend just died of cancer. The man was in fifties. It is alarming to think that Cancer will affect 1 out of every 3 people in their lifetime and that it is the second leading cause of death in the United States behind Cardiovascular Disease. So look around the room next time you’re at a restaurant or a family gathering and think that more than half of all the people will eventually die from some type of cancer. I feel like just a few years ago cancer was something mysterious that I did not know much about nor anyone with it. Now just a few years later, it seems like I learn of someone every week getting cancer. The most profound change took place in me recently when I realized that cancer is killing the people who I love. Another one of my fathers friends, a man who I have known my whole life, was just diagnosed with prostate cancer. In addition, a young woman who I am very close friends with at school lost her father to cancer and is also a cancer survivor. Listening to her testimony just last week at my Cancer Seminar was very eye-opening. I often think of cancer survivors as being generally sick people. This is not at all the case, as this person is one of the most beautiful people I have ever met. She is gorgeous and I am personally shocked that she is a cancer survivor. It goes against everything I have ever believed. And the scariest thing is that if this person can get cancer, than anyone can; including myself. When I think about this, it is extremely scary. It puts things into perspective. But just for the record, it is also empowering.
How is the thought of getting cancer empowering you might ask? It is empowering because there is one simple step you can do to prevent being a cancer statistic. Are you ready for it? Change the way you live your life. PERIOD. Yes, that’s really all there is to it. If you change the way you live your life you can dramatically reduce the risk of getting cancer; or any disease for that matter. (Just for the record, 4 of the top 10 causes of death that kill millions and millions of people every year are directly linked to diet and exercise)
So I am not going to go and tell everyone reading this how to live your life, we are all very different people with different needs. However, what I can say here is that even though we are all very different people, we are the exact same in terms of what we need for nourishment. We all need love. We all need sleep. We all need to things that we enjoy. We all need good quality wholesome foods. We all need to move are bodies. The list can go on an on.
So I encourage everyone reading this to take a minute and look into the different areas of your life. Ask yourself one thing, “What can I do to make my life better?”. I am positive that the areas in your life that you question will be answered almost immediately. If you are not happy with your job, look for a new one. If you don’t get to spend enough time with your family, try to find a way to spend more time with them. If you are completely stressed out, find a way to reduce stress in your life. Bottom line here is this. Whatever it is you want, you can get if you put your mind to it. So if you put your mind and your heart into changing the way you live, I mean really changing what you’re doing, then you are using this powerful tool in the right way. So what’s the one simple step to cancer prevention again? Change the way you live your life. PERIOD