Wow. Talk about putting things into perspective.
Today I met up with an old and dear friend. We used to work together many moons ago (before I became a teacher, so more than twelve years ago). Yowza! Way to date myself…
My friend was diagnosed with cancer and just recently finished her rounds of chemo. My friend has always been a tough cookie; she has a wicked sense of humor and seems to really enjoy life. It had been a few years since I saw her last…I wondered if she had changed.
You know what? She hasn’t.
She is still the same good-humored, loving, kind-hearted woman I worked with all those years ago. She is confident and positive; this in the midst of such adversity. I was so impressed by her attitude; she really reminded me of my sister-in-law, who has just finished her third round of chemo (only five more to go!) My SIL is also very positive; it’s very difficult to break her spirit. I often think about how I would react if I was diagnosed with cancer. After all the tears and heartbreak and worry, would I also be able to stand up to this horrible disease and basically tell it to f*** off? I’m not sure.
However, after seeing my SIL this summer and now having seen my friend, I think I might be more motivated to take cancer by the cojones and squeeze it until it’s gone.
Cancer may be a deadly disease, but it doesn’t have to break your spirit.
So, back to the gist of my post…
Knowing these two women personally has put things into perspective for me. I hate that I sometimes need a kick in the pants to show me what really matters in life (health!), but there it is. Only a few more days and we’ll be back in Dubai; I’ve already created my shopping list (saved to my iPhone; there’s an app for that, ya know!) and it is full of veggies and fruit! Our juicer will be dusted off and we’ll be using that sucker sooner rather than later. One juice I recently recommended to my friend Sharon is called the Sunset Blend. It’s a mixture of 1 sweet potato, 1 medium carrot, 1 red bell pepper, 2 large red beets, 2 Golden Delicious apples, and 1 optional orange. Mmm…sounds so good! This recipe is from the Reboot Your Life blog (from the same people who brought us the “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” documentary). If you are looking for some good juice recipes, I highly recommend this site. It’s free to become a member; it even has juicing plans if you want to do a long weekend, 5-day, or 10-day juice fast. Pretty awesome!
Here’s to good health and a positive perspective on life! 🙂