Let's be straight with each other, I am out for revenge a little too. Perhaps that is a strong way to put it; I am certainly on a mission to understand how being on so much medication has become the human condition for so many Americans, including my family members. I'm tired of being sad as I watch those I love with their health struggles.
In my early twenties I watched my grandmother die slowly and painfully from diabetes and cardiovascular disease, my grandfather was extremely overweight when he passed away just in the beginning of his 70's. My uncle had a debilitating stroke in his 40's and my own father has battled high blood pressure since his 30's. My dad had a stroke right before his 60th birthday and is struggling to to move the left side of his body. My oldest son, by the age of 8, had been through a cancerous brain tumor, surgery, radiation and high dosage chemo. He now lives with the late effects of cancer, those being: a slowing processing ability, hydrocephalus, growth hormone deficiency, and difficulty feeling like a normal kid.
My goal is to share my journey of how I am working to overcome my family history of chronic disease, understand my son's health, and the ways I am finding to be healthier and happier for myself, my children, those I love and the people who love me. I have questions, lots of questions, and when I find information or a thought that causes me to think about how this may all work, my goal is to carve out the time to write about where I am at on my journey. I hope to inspire you, give you the little extra push if you need one. If nothing else, I want to leave a trail for my children. That is what this is all about.
The background, if you must know:
Since my son's cancer dx I make sure to find time to work out, ran a marathon, I do yoga, I started an over 30 woman's soccer team with some girlfriends (even though I never played any sports as a child, and was never what anyone would call athletic).
I've become 70% vegan/30% vegetarian, I have a tendency to shun housework to have fun with my kids, family and friends; the housework will still be there on a rainy day. I share my suburban garden with a couple of friends and am always looking for info on how to make it better. All while trying to raise 3 amazing boys and tackle their sometimes amusing, sometimes tough questions about life and inspire them to live fully, with conviction and an ability to think critically about the world around them. It's important to me to be an example to my children of how to stay active while continuing to learn and grow even through the most busiest part of life, parenthood.
My Favorite quote recently: "It doesn't take a scientist to figure out that the possibility of death has been holding pretty steady at 100% for quite some time. There's only one thing that we have to do in life, and that is to die. …. I have never pursued health hoping for immortality. Good health is about being able to fully enjoy the time we do have. It is about being as functional as possible throughout our entire lives and avoiding crippling, painful and lengthy battles with disease. There are better ways to die, and to live." – Dr. T. Colin Campbell, The China Study