Cancer has been on my mind a lot lately. A dear friend has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She is one of the most confidant people I know, unafraid to try new things and explore life. Only last week she was hiking a mountain. I went dancing with her a month ago.
Ovarian cancer is one of the most difficult to detect until it has progressed to significant levels. She’s at stage three. The cancer cells have spread beyond her ovaries. The doctor found and removed growths from several locations, but likely there are other cancerous spots as yet undetected. My friend has undergone two surgeries, and now faces chemotherapy.
And she is afraid. We all are.
What can she do, in addition to surgery and chemotherapy? I’m thinking diet may help. I just watched an interesting TED video on angiogenesis, the process our bodies use to grow blood vessels. Cancer cells can’t grow without a blood supply, and apparently studies show that certain foods can help control abnormal blood vessel growth, which supplies cancer cells. She is already on this path, having bought a juicer a couple of days ago.
So I encourage you, dear readers, get your annual check up. Encourage your loved ones to do the same. Listen to your body. Eat right.
And always live today as if it might be your last.
© Tam Linsey, 2011. All rights reserved.
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