When I sat in the doctor’s office and was delivered the news I was in shock.
I was 48…
And working in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years, I had always looked after myself.
How could I have cancer?
It’s incredible how an experience like that can bring your entire life into such sharp focus.
I lost my left breast in October 2013, and then followed the treatment that ravaged my body. Appointment after appointment. Check after check.
When my Doctor finally gave me the all clear, I knew I could draw on all my knowledge as a Dietitian to start to repair and rebuild my body.
But I also made a firm decision…
From that day forward, I was going to do EVERYTHING I could to reduce the risks of cancer coming back into my life.
There was no way I wanted to sit in a Dr’s office one day facing more bad news and wondering to myself “if only I had just….”
I spent the next 5 years researching every single diet and lifestyle factor that increases the risk of a cancer diagnosis.
Unsurprisingly, diet was a big contributing factor. And even though I’d always lived a healthy diet by most people’s standards…alcohol had always been my vice.
One always led to 3 or 4. I was not one of those people who could ‘do’ moderation.
On the 1st January
I put down my glass.
And now I could SEE that I had been living in a state of chronic stress for the past 20 years.
On the surface, I had always thought that I’d led a healthy lifestyle.
But with this newfound knowledge, I could see how layer by layer, choice by choice: