Living Proof

Living Proof
Claudette Pelletier-Hannah

I was so pleased so see my friend radiating good health. She looked much younger, her complexion firm and glowing. Her hair poised like she just stepped out of a salon.

It was a bit unexpected you see, because she’s recovering from six treatments of chemotherapy. Her hair was not her hair, but a gorgeous (really!) $24 wig bought online.

It’s no accident that my friend, let’s call her Amy, kind of breezed through chemo. Always oriented to a healthy diet and fitness, she upped the ante with the dreaded diagnosis, “You have cancer.”

Inspired by friends and family who all had advice to share, because, let’s face it, we’ve all been close to someone with cancer, Amy took what served her and let the rest go. She introduced a variety of new practices into her life.

There’s the Budwig Protocol, for example. It’s a diet that features flaxseed oil emulsified with cottage cheese. Amy has cut out sugar. She consumes green smoothies containing ginger and turmeric. She does Emotional Freedom Techniques to deal with the fears. She’s practicing Qi Gong and Donna Eden’s Energy Routine for energy balancing. And she’s working less.

Is Amy all in or acting flawlessly on any of this? No. She implements what she chooses and can manage and moves on. That’s wisdom we can apply to weight loss too. If green smoothies aren’t your jam, so what? There are plenty of ways to consume life-supporting foods and/or do what’s good for you.

What do you need and what are you willing to do? The people who succeed find what works for them. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Listen to your body. Listen to your heart.

It’s heartwarming to see Amy standing before me, proving that diet and lifestyle really do make a difference, even, or especially, in the toughest of times. Well done, my friend.