Mutual February 2003 “Big C” changes two women’s lifestyles

Posted by Lucy Luginbill on February 27, 2014 

She’s a sister I’ve never met, but we’re in the “sisterhood” together. For both of us, our new “life story” began in the same month and the same year.

For me, it was my birthday when the doctors and assistants hovered over me, poking, prodding and pestering, all in preparation for my breast cancer surgery the next day. For Kris Carr, it was Valentine’s Day when she discovered a new life partner – an incurable Stage IV sarcoma.

February 2003 changed each of us forever. I contemplated my mortality. Kris faced hers. And now more than a decade later, we’re still here and, in a sense, celebrating by offering tips to those who are on the cancer path.

You can find mine in a recent Light Notes. But a person diagnosed with cancer – ANY kind of cancer – can never have enough knowledge. Kris offers hers in a quirky fun (a little PG-rated) blog that’s sure to brighten anyone’s day, whether you have cancer or not. She has also written a book with a very intriguing title: “Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips”. A friend of mine who read it says (with a smile) that it’s a “little naughty,” but gives off a fun and funny helpful vibe with a lot of good information.

What I especially liked about Kris’ recent blog – my first but not last time to visit her website – was her emphasis on healthy living in “11 Tips for Cancer Patients.” She advises, among a lot of other things, juicing, eating lots of greens, exercise instead of a sedentary lifestyle and being careful about cleaning products as well as personal care items.

This healthy-looking fortyish woman – sometimes billed as a “healing junkie” – encourages us to live a more natural way, avoiding toxins that we don’t even think about when we’re cleaning the kitchen or dabbing deodorant under our arms. In her kriscar.com blog she writes, “the average person uses 9 personal care products per day containing about 126 chemical ingredients. But the FDA doesn’t review or approve the majority of these products before they go to market.”

Yikes! That’s probably stuff we slather-on before we ever leave home!

So much of the lifestyle Kris recommends to her readers is how I’ve lived – or tried to live – these past 11 years. (Cutting out sugar is the hardest for me.) But since she and I are both still kickin’ these days, our “closer to the earth” lifestyle has been a good choice for our immune systems to fight the “Big C.”

In an online 2008 story in Scientific American, reporter Lisa Stein describes Kris’ journey from a prominent advertising model to a person fighting for life with epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (EHE), a rare cancer that attacks the lining of the blood vessels in the liver and lungs.

Kris says recently in her February 18 blog, “…I have a weird slow-moving (could get aggressive one day) sarcoma. And though I live with cancer, I do it in a healthy, harmonious way. In fact, as of my last scan, lots of my tumors are smaller. Hip hip cheers!”

You can believe I’m now a cheerleader for Kris – and you, too, if you’ve heard the words, “You have cancer.” That’s why I’m passing along my “sisterly” advice to read her 11 Tips for Cancer Patients

You'll come away filled with hope.

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