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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!
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  • TIME_TO_SHINE1
    Sorry to hear about your firend, I will be praying for her. You are taking the steps to imporve your health and that is a great thing. emoticon emoticon
    2369 days ago
  • PAPAMIKIE
    Yes it does not matter what we do, we can do all the right things and yet have a bad event. Having said that, doing the right things will minimize our particular risk factors.

    My Taijiquan instructors instructor die at 61. He ate well, avoid drugs, alcohol, etc, did Taijiquan, bagauazhan and qigong. He had an abnormal aorta and this ended up being involved in his early dead. This was only discovered after he died.


    The fact that things can go wrong outside our control does not mean we should not do our best with the inside of our control factors.


    2371 days ago
  • FRUGALISTA54
    Wow! You are speaking to me! I had a severe stroke in 1997 at age 42 and survived with paralysis on my left side. I had no risk factors other than a genetic predisposition to elevated homocysteines in my blood which caused an innapropriate coagulation in my right brain. Because it was perceived that I was too young to have a stroke, it became too late to administer TPA,a medication that could have prevented my disability. It is challenging to adapt my exercise program for hemiplegia. As for colonoscopies , I discovered that I needed to be screened due to my father having had a canceous tumor in his intestine that was removed surgically to prevent its spread.. I hope you can make peace with the genes you have inherited and take action on that which you have control. I liked this post and look forward to reading more posts in the future.
    cheers,
    Pat
    2372 days ago
  • KAB7801
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    Thanks for the reminder! Everything SP reccomends is healthy. If only we would follow!

    I still need to get my colonoscopy!
    2372 days ago
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