"Everything, everything gives you cancer,
Everything gives you cancer
There's no cure, there's no answer
Everything gives you cancer
Don't touch that dial, don't try to smile
Just take this pill, it’s in your file
Don't work hard, don't play hard
Don't plan for the graveyard
Don't work by night, don't play by day
You'll feel all right, but you will pay
No caffeine, no protein
No booze or nicotine
Everything, everything gives you cancer
Everything, everything gives you cancer"
Red M&Ms, Barbecue, sitting too close to the TV, having kids, not having kids, meat, milk, stress, TV dinners, Microwaves, sugar, saccharine, Halliburton.....all of it. All of these things probably got me to where I am now. I am bad. That is why I got cancer.
Here is my diet and health habits before cancer: No red meat, chicken maybe once in a blue moon, lots of veggies, exercise, never smoked, didn't drink worth a damn, and I got cancer. My brother used to tell me what I really needed was a cheeseburger and a beer. I am beginning to think he was right. When I saw the cardiologist to check if my heart could handle the toxic chemo and he asked me my "health and lifestyle" history he said, "I am writing you a prescription to start smoking and drinking immediately." God love him. He knows. There is nothing we did or can do to change what happened.
After my first cancer diagnosis I was even more strict. I took all the cancer fighting supplements. Ate flax seeds until I couldn't see straight. And I got it. AGAIN.
Then I have friends who live a positively deadly lifestyle and always get colds and the flu but nothing else. I never get a cold or the flu. So I suppose the take home message is- live well and never get run of the mill sicknesses, only the big ticket items.
It is not OUR FAULT we got breast cancer. WE didn't DO anything. But it sure makes people feel better if they think that we did so they feel "safer." It is a shame that society feels we need guilt on top of the disease. Don't let them suck you in. The people who are putting you into the little box that says " Well she got it because..." are whistling past the grave yard, as my grandma used to say. For they are only a mammo or pet scan away from being diagnosed themselves. With the number now upped to one in seven the chances are not in their favor.
So here is what I do- when someone asks me how they can keep from ending up like me I tell them that they can do everything they can...don't eat fat, don't eat meat, don't eat anything but organic vegetables, don't drink, don't have dairy of any kind, don't go to barbeque's, don't microwave anything, don't drink out of plastic water bottles, don't eat salt, don't eat sugar, don't smile. And when it is all said and done, if you live this way as strictly as possible guess what will happen? You will die anyway. We all do. However, the people who live like that will probably want to die sooner!
Cue: Auntie Mame "LIVE, LIVE, LIVE! Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death..."
Whether you have cancer or not- LIVE your life. Have that pint of Phish Food if that is what gets you through the day. Drink your wine. Eat a steak. At least you will die happy.