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How cancer made my skin better and more......

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

One of the very unexpected benefits of getting cancer is that now my skin is really starting to positively glow and I'm at what I consider to be my ideal weight without counting calories or tracking food. Wierd...who would have "thunk" that cancer would to that!

Well, actually, cancer didn't do it. It was the drastic change in my diet the day I found out that I had cancer that did it. I wasn't looking for glowing skin or perfect weight when I made the sudden change, but now, almost four weeks later, I have both!

When I found out I had cancer, I IMMEDIATELY cut out all refined sugar and salt and all processed foods. About a week later, I started doing lots of juicing with a heavy emphasis on vegetables...lots of them. I also immediately cut out coffee and now drink about 6-8 cups of green tea a day. I try to eat organic as much as possible, but that's not always feasible or available.

About a week ago, I happened to notice my skin on my legs was no longer flakey like it used to be. I looked in the mirror and noticed the dark circles under my eyes are almost completely gone. Even the veins on my hands don't stick out near as much a they used to. Additionally, my ankles which have been a little puffy for about 10 years (an early sign of inflammation/heart/circulatory issues) now look like the ankles I had at 18. Yesterday, out of curiousity, I checked for puffiness's completely gone!

For the last couple years, I've been struggling (half heartedly) to lose 15 pounds I added while caring for my father and after he died. I lost about 5 of it through lots of bicycling early this summer. The other 10 pounds dropped off like magic when I changed my diet. No calories counting, no tracking food.....just eating really healthy. I feel i'm at an ideal weight now. Honestly, my weight is something I'm not concerned about now, or my skin for that matter. But....I'm just saying....even without trying to get these benefits, they came anyway.

Now, how ironic is that?

Seeing how nice my skin looks and the other good things that are visible externally makes me think that all this good eating is doing wonders for my immune system. I figure that the better my immune system is, the better it can naturally fight cancer and support me though chemo etc.

Life is unexpectedly good!


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    I'm so glad to hear about all the healing taking place already. I'm so glad you are integrating holistic healing with traditional medicine. Give cancer the one two punch. emoticon emoticon
    1640 days ago
    I have ALWAYS, ALWAYS thought that cancer was the result of our extremely tainted food supply. That and all the pharmaceuticals most throw down their throat daily! Our bodies can only perform with what we put in them and most of the food is not even what else do we expect?

    Your journey is absolute PROOF that even when the body has been run down it will still do it's best to heal itself if given the proper nutrition. I wish this would be a class for EVERY single school child.

    But would put so many fake foodies out of business and would shut down the big pharma corporations...but wouldn't it be wonderful if REAL food and REAL vitamin companies took their place?

    Hugs to you Kay...your blog today should be required reading for every single sparkster in Sparkworld! I'm going to alert the powers that be. But oppps...that would take away 3/4 of their ad revenues so maybe not?

    emoticon Love you dear are going to be just are your own BEST advocate!
    1641 days ago
    Thanks for sharing the lessons we can all stand to learn!
    1642 days ago
  • FABAT402009
    A positive attitude will take you far on this journey. So glad your diet is getting you healthier and ready to fight your battle with cancer. Please keep us updated so we can encourage you on those days you need a little more support than you're receiving from your offline friends and family.

    Also make sure you reach out to the American Cancer Society for resources and services. They are a wealth of knowledge and a valuable asset.
    1643 days ago
  • HILLSLUG98239
    I'm impressed that you're seeing the positives in your current situation.
    1643 days ago
    How wonderful to have those unintended benefits grace your efforts! :-)

    1643 days ago
    I totally agree, when I did the naturopathic diet I did so well on so many levels. And reading your blogs the other day, reiterated to me what I should be doing for myself. Thanks again and I hope and pray that this journey is self enlightening even more and not too much of a hardship in that your tolerate the chemo etc. well.

    Forgot to add, have you heard of Kris Carr she has a inoperable tumor and is doing awesome, she has books out on what she does al ot of veggie juicing and also a website crazy sexy cancer where there is tons of support and info.
    1644 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/21/2013 6:42:43 AM
    I'm just catching up on friends' blogs after vacation, etc... I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but glad that you can find some positives!

    As a side note, my mother, also named Kay, has just been diagnosed with cancer (confirmed today).

    Sending positive thoughts to both of you!
    1644 days ago
    WOW! You are really healing yourself from the inside out. I'm a firm believer that the stronger you go into surgery, heart problems, or cancer, the faster you recover. You're my heroine!
    1644 days ago
    All the good food that you are putting into your body will strengthen it and keep you strong!! emoticon
    1644 days ago
  • MICHELE142

    Yep, Positive is as Positive does! Great job. keep up the Attitude and that strong Lifestyle emoticon
    1644 days ago
    Wishing you health and happiness.
    1644 days ago
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    1644 days ago
    I think it shows how making positive changes on your diet can makes changes else where-and taking care of yourself and making your body stronger can only help you in the weeks ahead emoticon
    1644 days ago
    Great side effects of an improved diet!
    1644 days ago
    I guess healthy choices do make a difference. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1644 days ago
    Wow, that's great. And I've always been surprised at how juicing fills me up sufficiently.
    1645 days ago
    1645 days ago
    Definite pluses. I like how you find the positives even in things like cancer
    1645 days ago
    A plus! keep taking care of you..
    1645 days ago
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