What does "healthy living" after cancer look like?

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post. I have so many things I want to write about, but haven’t for a number of reasons. Partly, I have really struggled with fatigue and my energy levels post cancer. This has been a frustrating thing to manage. Frustrating doesn’t really even begin to describe it actually. I’m going to share more about that in later posts, but that’s a big reason why I haven’t written as much as I have wanted. Today, I want to break the seal and get back to sharing and writing!

My goal here is to share what’s worked, what hasn’t worked, what I’ve learned, bring other people into the conversation to share their experience and wisdom and to just have more of a conversation going about life after cancer. What I’ve learned these past couple of years is that it’s kind of unchartered territory. There’s a lot of room for growth and learning here. I hope to help other cancer survivors on their path. We are definitely stronger together and this community can help lift each other up instead of feeling isolated, frustrated and alone after surviving cancer.

The main thing I want to share about today is my new framework for “healthy living” after cancer. If you haven’t read “Anti-Cancer” by David Servan-Schreiber, I highly recommend it. This book helped me see that living healthy isn’t just about diet and exercise. I felt like I had the diet and exercise piece down before getting sick. It made me angry that I was, in my mind, doing everything “right” before getting sick and I still got cancer. Twice. After reading this book, I realized I can work on other areas of my life as well to help build my body and hedge my bets against the dreaded “C” word.

The book breaks health down into five categories: diet, exercise, reducing stress, connection and reducing toxicity. This framework has given me some space to not be so angry and to get back to rebuilding my body and focusing on my health instead of cancer. This will help me share with you all as well.

Thank you checking this out and I hope you will come back! If you have any specific questions, please ask. I’m not a doctor and definitely encourage you to speak to your doctor about all of these things. I am sharing from my experience as a two time cancer survivor obsessed with health, wellness and creating a life I love.

Until next time…. XO Sara