This picture just appeared on my facebook feed from a site that talks about healthy and natural alternatives to cancer treatment and about a healthy lifestyle and it pissed me off!!!!
What does this mean? Really? That anyone who is truly healthy obtains a “get out of jail free” cancer card? That poor choices in health are to blame for cancer?
I am not an unhealthy person. And while I might not be the healthiest on earth (I don’t love exercise but I move a lot, take the stairs in the subway, etc…) I eat well and try to take care of my body. I try to eat organic and antibiotic free food as much as possible and avoid prepackaged crap but everything organic is tough on the wallet. But I do my best. I also enjoy the occasional pastry, ice cream cone, bag of peanut M&Ms, glass of wine and quesadilla. This does not make me an unhealthy person, per se, but eating less of these things would be better, no doubt.
While our lifestyle choices can contribute to our chances of developing breast cancer like smoking, excessive drinking and being overweight, it does not guarantee that it will happen. Just like having kale smoothies for breakfast every day, exercising six days a week and eating only non-GMO, antibiotic free, organic, free range, grass fed, fair trade rice cakes will guarantee that you won’t.
Genetics plays a role in developing cancer. So does terrible luck. For me, I think it’s both.
But this little picture, with little peach roses all over insinuates that I got my cancer because of ME. Because of my lifestyle choices. I did this to myself.
I guess I should have eaten less chocolate chip cookies, had one less slice of pizza, walked that extra mile. Then this would have never happened to me. I guess it’s my fault.