Do you have a habit of putting yourself and your own well-being last?
Do family, work, and other commitments take priority over managing your health, body, mind, and spirit?
Do you feel exhausted, low-energy, burned out, fried, unappreciated, and even victimized?
That was me my entire adult life, until last year.
I had always considered myself a workaholic. I love to work. But even when projects and workload were entirely self-created, I suffered and stressed and often made myself a victim over them. I sacrificed sleep, time with family, and my health for my work.
Everything came to a halt last year. After a routine mammogram and subsequent biopsy, I learned I was facing a health crisis: early stage breast cancer.
While I will never know the "cause" of my disease, I know my former lifestyle and habits did not support a healthy body, mind, or spirit. I worked too much. I didn't make the most spectacular food choices. I rarely exercised. And I managed my thoughts and feelings by numbing out with wine at the end of the day.
Thankfully, I had already been working with a holistic nutritionist/life coach when I was diagnosed. Our work together transformed my health habits, even during barbaric (but life-saving) procedures, surgery, and recovery. What was more valuable and unexpected, however, was the way in which the coaching allowed me to manage my mind about my diagnosis, treatment, and reconstruction. I allowed myself to grieve and feel, but there has been no drama about the diagnosis.
I am grateful to be in remission/No Evidence of Disease (NED) since October, 2018.
At every follow-up appointment with my nurse advocate, oncologist, family physician, and surgical team, I asked for support on how to manage my diet to keep my hormones balanced, strengthen and support my immune system, and reduce my risk of recurrence. No one had useful answers. At my final appointment at the breast center they said, "Try to put it behind you! Live your life!"
I finally understand.
Our health care system is not equipped to deal with prevention. It's not their role. I am eternally grateful to Western medicine for its ability to diagnose and remove the disease from my body.
Real WELLNESS, however, comes from another source.
This is the second time in my life I have faced a life-threatening illness. I am committed that there not be a third. Cancer has been my wake-up call to focus my body, mind, spirit, and business on wellness. I enrolled in a health coaching program focused on nutrition and habit change. I love learning everything I can about how to fuel and support my strong, now HEALTHY body that allows me to live a life I love every day.
I released 20 pounds working with my health coach, despite cancer. I crave, enjoy, and prioritize exercise. I have strategies to manage stress that no longer include numbing out with alcohol or crummy food.
I'm healthier, stronger, and feel better than ever. I did it without deprivation. In many ways, getting healthy has been much simpler and easier than I expected. It has been fun! If I can do this, so can you.
Yes, you can!
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Be well! ♡♡
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