Monday, May 23, 2011
I have had quite a doozy when it comes to my body and health during my life. To lay out a quick overview for you, I'll rattle off some facts. When I was born, nature was already against me. My DNA is not the finest of the crop. If this were the world of Gattaca, I'd be destined to scrub toilets the rest of my life. Both sides of my family have history of Diabetes. Poor eye sight and arthritis as well. I also have possible genetic coding to Alzheimer's, Factor 5 (blood clotting disease), Alcoholism, and Kidney Cancer.
Luckily, most of my life I've stayed healthy. The only downside would be I was overweight, and through the course of time, obese. It wasn't anything I'd really taken much thought to. I always assumed my fate. ALL my family was overweight. The definite minority was in the health range. But, given all the other things going on, even most of them aren't healthy, giving way to cigarettes and alcohol.
Things became a little clearer when I was 18 and my older sister died. She was obese and had Factor 5. Just one blood clot took her. If she had maintained a healthy weight, it might not have been so. So, I took action. I had my blood tested and to my relief found out I did not have Factor 5. No predisposition for clots.
Only time will tell if I get Diabetes or Alzheimer's, and my experience, observation and Faith have kept me from going down a path toward Alcoholism (and cigarettes!). What no one did expect was the Kidney Cancer. I had an aunt and an uncle who had it, but it wasn't really something I was aware of. That is, until September 2010, when I was diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma (Kidney Cancer). At age 25, it came as quite a shock to everyone. Not just me and my family, but to doctors and medical personnel. I was a fairly healthy young woman! This usually happens to old men. Well, I went through treatments, chemo, shots, scans, urinalyses, blood tests, and eventually MAJOR surgery to eradicate the cancer. Read about Vlad and all his ugliness here: http://discovermallory.blogspo
It has now been a little over 2 months since I had my surgery. I've done a lot of thinking and reworking of my life. I mean, it wasn't bad before, but I need to hone in on some stuff to make myself even more awesome. I've started by coming to realize all of the amazing things that I enjoy doing. I swear, I have an idea for a new project/adventure multiple times a day. When will I ever find the time to accomplish them all? One thing is blogging. I have at least 3 blogs I would like to revamp and update. This blog being one of them. I have different ideas and themes for each blog.
For this blog, I have decided to share my ideas, experience and philosophy on diet, exercise and overall wellness. The plan is to include information received from my nutritionist, and other resources. I'll add any recipes I find that I enjoy or would like to try. I am going to start physical therapy soon and perhaps information I get from there will be of some use as well. I am a member of Spark People and they have TONS of great advice and information.
I understand that to live a happy and balanced life, I need to take care of my body, my health. In order to take care of others, I have to make sure I'm well taken care of. Just like they ask of you on airplanes, put the mask on yourself first before helping other passengers. :) Basic rules about physical health are summarized nicely in the For the Strength of Youth Pamphlet. Also, I read a great article, "The Sanctity of the Body," Ensign, Ensign 2005. It is very good in presenting the appropriate explanation for bodies and how they should be treated. While a good portion focuses more on morality, there is quite a bit mentioned how we should treat our bodies physically.
Our bodies are temples and should be treated as such. Sometimes forces outside of our walls influence our health and appearance. Natural disasters occur. We need to have the faith and the strength in place to rebuild, to sculpt into an appropriate representation of who we are and what we stand for.
I stand for health. I stand for free will. As I take on this new beginning, I will use all resources given to me to make sure cancer recurrence is not a viable option, to make sure diabetes in any type doesn't course through my veins, to make sure my mind and body are ready to fight at any given sign of Alzheimer's and Arthritis. This is my testament and I am ready and willing to move forward.
Come on my journey and reap from the knowledge I have gathered along the way.