Not a Good Shock But It Made It's Point!
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
This past weekend I got some shocking news. A friend of mine whom I’ve known for about 25 years was just diagnosed with colon cancer. I don’t yet know all the details but she will be going in for surgery late next week.
Since hearing the news, I have been reading about colon cancer and ways that may help with decreasing the probability of getting it. Besides getting colonoscopies, the common and very familiar suggestions of eating more fruit and veggies, less red meat, drinking less alcohol, and doing more exercise were given. Of course, I already knew the importance of all these things but when you are faced with the ugliness of disease and disabilities that are often the result of eating bad foods and living a sedentary lifestyle, it really highlights the necessity of making the changes that are encouraged here on SparkPeople!
A few months ago, my mother was in the hospital because of a leg condition that can mostly be avoided with proper exercise and healthy eating. I see her suffering and I do not want to go through the same thing when I get older. Unfortunately, it seems to run in my family, so I really need to take better care of my body so I can hopefully avoid it.
Of course, there are plenty of people who have been stricken with all kinds of diseases and disabilities even though they are very health-conscious. However, the lifestyles encouraged here on SparkPeople definitely give all of us a fighting chance to live long, healthy, happy lives!