In June of 2011, I learned that I had melanoma. A freckle on my left wrist had decided to morph into a raised, pink mole, and it itched. I found a free skin cancer screening clinic and had a biopsy. The next week I received the call from the doctor, and we scheduled my surgery for the following day. It all happened so fast, and so many thoughts raced through my mind.
Family and friends also voiced their concerns:
“How can you have cancer?”
“But you’re so young!”
“But you’re so healthy, I don’t understand,” my sister said. And with those words, she opened up my curiosity, which led to many questions about my own health, and nutrition in general.
Yes, comparatively, I was healthy. I stayed active by running, doing yoga and swimming. I would let my nutrition habits slide, thinking the exercise made up for it. Let me tell you, it does not. My mom, aunt and I turned to healthy cookbooks and recipes. I went even further, reading as much as I could.
I began to look at food differently—not just as something delicious and beautiful, but as medicine. If I had cancer on my arm, then what was going in my body, where I can’t see?
For a week after they removed the mole, I waited to hear if they removed all the cancer or if it had spread. Melanoma is an aggressive and fast growing cancer, and I prepared for bad news.
My surgeon, a seemingly serious, precise and particular man (qualities you definitely want in a surgeon), burst into the hospital room the day I got my stitches out. He had this smile on his face as he swung the door open with force and proudly exclaimed, “You saved your life you know!”
Of course I burst into tears, full of relief, but it wasn’t me who removed the cancer; he’s the one who saved my life that day. My surgeon explained that if I had not been in tune with my body, listened to my intuition and been proactive about seeking a medical opinion, my outcome would have most likely been different.
I had been given a second chance, and it was time to give my body, mind and soul all the nutrients needed to really live a full healthy and happy life.
I am here to inspire you to save your own life—through, among other things, the medicine of food. To help you heal from the inside out. To help you increase your energy, happiness and health. To help you get in tune with your body.
Are you ready?