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I have always considered myself healthy. I don’t smoke. I drink very little. I don’t do recreational drugs. I run a few times a week, more frequently and longer distances during spring and summer.  I have been going to the gym for personal training and workouts since September. We grow our own vegetables and fruits and eat fresh eggs from our own chickens. I stay pretty darn active and generally eat pretty well. Except for that sweet tooth I have. I am now on a mission to kill it off.

My recent oral cancer diagnosis was an eye opener. For those who don’t know the latest, I had a tongue biopsy done Jan. 2nd, margins were good and the surgeon got all the cancer out. A neck dissection was done on Jan. 25th to make sure the cancer hadn’t spread to my lymph nodes. Lucky me, none of the lymph nodes removed were malignant. I am considered cancer free and I am going to do my damnedest to stay that way.

Which is where killing off my sweet tooth comes in. Sugar feeds cancer. Sugar is BAD, BAD, BAD. But I love sugar and am addicted to it. Well, I did love sugar. I am working now on breaking that addiction, severing ties with that wolf in sheep’s clothing. I am reading all labels on packaged food, so many products have added sugar! Because of that, I’m trying to avoid packaged food altogether. Instead choosing fresh veggies and fruits, and lots of whole grains. I’ve been making healthy meals from scratch every day rather than eating from a box. Tough to do when you just want to grab a snack, but so very important!

I have recently discovered the magic of mushrooms. There are so many and most are extremely good for you — so good that several have even been said to help fight cancer. Yes, several help fight cancer! Don’t like fungi? There are extracts and powders, coffees and teas, and all kinds of good things you can get that are made with powerful shrooms.

I’m also easing off on products I use on my body, discovering natural products, and seeking out recipes so I can make my own. If you have any suggestions or favorite websites for this, please send them my way!

Most of you won’t give a dang about any of this until either you or someone you love gets a nasty diagnosis. I wish I would have paid attention earlier. Fortunately, I have a second chance here. My cancer was caught early but there is nothing to say it won’t return. In fact, chances are it will someday show up again. And it is likely to reappear even faster if was to stay on the path that I was on. One warning is enough for me. I will now be proactive with my health. Better now than never.  At the end of the day, your health is your responsibility. Doctors can only fix so much, you have to do some work yourself. Start now and do so much work that you don’t ever need a doctor to fix you. Your body will thank you and so will your loved ones.