One of the most startling statistics that I came across recently is that 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Now that is a staggering amount of people. ….Babz
Today am going to talk about how I got stage 4 pancreatic cancer. I know this is going to be a bit of a sensitive topic for many but just stick with me and hear me out. SO earlier on when I was first diagnosed and I shared my story with someone – one of the first questions I was asked was, How did you get it.
This questions took me by surprise and at first I didn’t quite know how to answer it. But looking back on that question, I realize that a lot of people simply don’t know what cancer is. SOme people think cancer is a virus or some bacteria or an infectious disease or maybe its contagious. I know I’ve had some people hesitate to give me a hug knowing that I had cancer.
Yes, its true that certain viruses increases or causes cancer but the majority of cancer cases are non-viral.
In very simply terms cancer is uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. And yes we all have abnormal cells in our bodies. What makes it cancer is when those abnormal cells, start growing too quickly and our immune system is no longer able to control or contain its growth.
KNow I know its a lot more complicated than that but its important to understand the fundamental of what cancer is. So the bottom line is that we all have abnormal cells in our bodies.
One of the most startling statistics that I cam across recently is that 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Now that is a staggering amount of people.
So the quesiton is, how did I get cancer – well I have absolutely no idea…not a single clue.
I’ve always been health conscious – I was active, I exercised regurlarly several time a week.
Also I ate well – at least a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables. I went for my yearly physicals and checkups. Also went to the dentist for cleaning and checkups regularly.
Basically doing all the things thats suppposed to keep me healthy.
I was not a drinker – yes I enjoy the occasional drink at social events but only accounts for a handful of times throughout the year
More importantly I did not have any medical conditions that would have increased my risk – there is no family history of pancreatic cancer.
That said, one of the most challenging aspects of this journey is trying to figure out what was it in my diet, lifestyle that could have triggered this disease. …and Am still trying to figure it out.
cancer is a complex disease – I’ve had some suggest that perhaps it was my diet that caused it or some other lifestyle choice. Well, i reject that premise. There isn’t always a cause and effect when it comes to cancer.
All you have to do is go to a cancer treatment clinic and witness little kids battling this devastating disease…are these kids to be blame or maybe their parents to blaim?
UNfortunately there are some out there—I call victim blamers – those who think they know or have somehow figured dout what causes cancer and they blame those with this disease. THat is not right.
Sure, diet could be a trigger but also, genetics and ones DNA, environment may have an impact.
The risk factors are all over the place from the what you eat, where you live, what you put on your body and so on
What is important is to know your body and to keep your immune system as healthy as possible.
And health isn’t just physical . its also mental, emotional. All of it plays a role in your overall health.
And especially for men out there – you know most men hate going to the doctors. It’s important to get checked out anytime you find or having a condition or symtomps that aren’t going away.
The truth is no one knows exactly what causes certain types of cancer – sure ones risk increases with certain lifestyle choices.
What I find interesting is that some people spend a lifetime smoking but never get cancer but then you have some whom may have smoked for a short while but end up developing the disease. So the risk really spans the entire spectrum from heavy smokers to nonsmokers.
And in the case of diet – those who think ones diet is to blame–well- just ask lifelong vegans or vegetarian what caused their cancer.
So next time someone tells you they have cancer – please don’t judge or blame them for getting the disease. – show some compasion. Its a disease that does not discrimate.
With that said – How did I get end up with stage 4 pancreatic cancer – I don’t know and frankly don’t really care. What matters to me is making sure that I stay healthy and to do eveyrthing I can to retrain my immune system so that my body can detect and starve off abnormal cells..
So that ends the first part of this episode – In part two,,,am going to talk about how I discovered that I had pancreatic cancer. Its a fascinating story to please check out part two.
Thanks again for listening and until next time……live out load