One of my (and also my daughter's) coping strategies in any crisis is to learn as much as possible about all the related variables so that I/we can make informed choices and at least have some sense of understanding, even if during the crisis I/we have no sense of control. So once over the initial shock of the diagnosis and surgery, my daughter and I did a lot of research about cancer and what science knows about its causes.
As a result of that research, my daughter has made some radical changes to her life. (My husband and I have too!) She had removed herself from a toxic marriage just prior to her diagnosis and was still working at recognizing and releasing the toxic emotions that had (in my therapeutic opinion) grown out of control into a a tumor which symbolized how little room to breathe there was in that relationship. (Her cancerous tumor blocked 98% of one of her bronchial tubes. The blockage was in the part of the bronchial tube that is inside the lung.) After surgical removal of the tumor her challenge, as she saw it, was to remove all other possible toxins in her life. BTW she was never a smoker so that was not one of the toxins she had to remove.
Two books (out of dozens) that were pivotal in her change to toxin-free living were:
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., and
AntiCancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D.
Research on the internet led her to in-depth medical papers about her particular form of cancer ("carcinoid", a neuro-endocrine form of cancer - the same form of cancer that afflicted Steve Jobs although his carcinoid tumor was first discovered in his pancreas, which is considered much more dangerous). When she meets new doctors, they invariably assume she is a physician due to her comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the topic. As well as her full time jobs of parenting two beautiful girls and as a business professional, she manages a hot-line for her type of cancer here in the province of Quebec.
Add in my background in psychology and education - and my recent dabbling in Photoshop - to all our research and I decided to create a poster to share some of our newly acquired information and new anti-cancer lifestyle. Whether you want to use the information to try to prevent cancer (as I am), or to fight cancer if you have already been diagnosed (as my daughter is), I believe you can benefit from this poster. Perhaps it will motivate you to do your own research and make the simple life changes that help make your body/mind/spirit an anti-cancer environment.
As with the poster I recently created on Depression (you can download the digital file for it here or from my sidebar), I do not want to be involved in printing, packaging, profiting from, or shipping this as a tangible product, so I am offering this poster to you for free as a digital file. It was designed in an 18 inch by 24 inch file, 300 dpi resolution. You then have the choice of how you want to print it yourself.
You are welcome to download the digital file for non-commercial use only. This means you may not sell (or re-gift it in large quantities) as either a paper poster or as a digital file. If you post it on your blog, I ask that you make a link to this blog for your readers to make their download here.
Download this free digital file by clicking HERE.
While no regimen or lifestyle changes can guarantee anything, the recommendations in this poster can certainly help you clean up your physical and emotional environs - if that is your wish. My primary hope is that it motivates you to think seriously about the effects of what you absorb into your body/mind/spirit and do your own research to determine how you want to best live your one life.
BTW, my daughter is doing very well now. She is a now a vegetarian who also tries to avoid dairy, eggs, sugar and wheat. She is also a runner and in the best shape of her life - not that she was ever visibly out of shape.
While she is exhibiting no outward signs of recurrence, she is currently, at her doctor's request, undergoing a new round of scans and tests to verify that she is cancer free three years after surgery. This new round of tests is a concrete reminder that once you have cancer it can hover over your life like a dark cloud. Taking life one day a time, loving and appreciating every moment you have while you have it, is the best strategy for not letting the on-going threat of cancer be a toxin itself in your life. Byron Katie's book, Loving What Is helped and continues to help us absorb the emotional reality of having cancer touch our lives.
I hope you will take advantage of this free digital download, perhaps print it and give the printed poster it to those who might find it of use.
Good health and a very happy new year to you all.