Monday, July 15, 2013

More Homework ~ July 15, 2013

The morning of the 11th dawned with one message "make it up as you go". A few errands out of the way and off we went. First stop was Salvation Army thrift store complex on Lytton Springs just north of Healdsburg. It's one of our favorite haunts.

We found a couple of giant woks that will translate well into great container gardens for our growing family of succulents. We also discovered 20 bins of books next to the checkout kiosk. At bin 18 I uncovered a paperback called "Crazy, Sexy, Cancer Tips" by Kris Carr with a forward from Cheryl Crow. I read the first pages standing in the morning sun and started laughing out loud. This book definitely needed to be in my library.

Kris was diagnosed with a rare vascular cancer called epithelioid hemangio-endothelioma (EHE for short). Though our diagnoses were very different we both had the same reaction on being told we had cancer: Holy Shit! 

She documented her journey with humor and a no nonsense approach of taking charge that rang true with me. She reinforced a lot of what I was already doing: writing, creating art, taking notes and questioning authority. The book is a great road map for all glorious Cancer Babes. It opened my eyes to what more I could be doing. After all we are warriors and it's time to start training.

  • Shake my ass
  • Create a cancer posse ~ more on this later
  • Rethink my diet ~ can you spell China Study?
  • Drink more water
  • Stretch more ~ Yoga
  • List of 10 things you've always wanted to do ~ no jumping out of a plane isn't one of them
The body heals eight times faster with exercise: it floods the body with oxygen, helps rid it of toxins, and releases endorphins to make you feel good. What's not to like? Walking 6-8 miles a week is a start. Now it's time to start shaking my ass with abandon to one song a day on the radio. As serendipity would have this morning's random choice on XM radio was John Mellencamp's Paper in Fire. We open the doors and cranked it up.