Hello there - and welcome to my Eliminate Cancer hubpage.
A little bit about me: my name is Kate, I'm the founder of Stronger Than Cancer. I'm a triple-negative Breast Cancer Survivor, Single Mother, and Health Coach. I research nutritional cancer therapies, and the core elements of cancer survival, with the goal of supporting the body as it heals itself, and moving toward optimum health.
It has been an interesting path - one I did not choose for myself. When I was diagnosed with cancer, I thought I was a healthy and happily married woman, and homeschooling mother of two children. I was at LOW-risk for getting cancer, everything about me was healthy: no family history, no weight issues, never smoked, breast-fed my children - I am the perfect example of 'cancer can hit anyone'.
But getting cancer was not the most traumatic event for me. It was the fact that when I was diagnosed, my husband decided we shouldn't be married anymore. And that led to 4 years of a terrible divorce battle, made worse by his lawyer who was very aggressive.
I was fighting several battles: the cancer itself (trying to strengthen my immune system), the divorce (which was also a battle over homeschooling), my doctors (who didn't agree with my treatment choices), and issues trying to close a business I was trying to launch when I was diagnosed. Everything in life collapsed: my work, my health, my marriage.
But the children were wonderful!! The three of us moved to a cottage on the coast of Maine for a while, and then to Massachusetts. Because we homeschooled, they were able to maintain relationships, and make new ones, without the stress of changing school systems (on top of mom being sick, and parents getting divorced). These were hard years for them, I'm sure, but they still found opportunities for growth and exploration - they are two of the most resilient people I know.
Ultimately, although the turn of events was not what I would want for anyone, I am glad it happened. I would not wish cancer on anyone, but if I didn't get cancer, I would still be married to the WRONG person. I think of Elizabeth Edwards (who had the same diagnosis I did), who did the right thing, stood faithfully by her husband, and died. I am here alive, stronger than ever, living a life that is perfect for me and my children (they won't homeschool every year, but they are independent learners regardless of where that learning takes place). I am so happy to be on a new path in life - a path of health, integrity, autonomy, growth, love, freedom, affection, warmth, and happiness… it's not easy, but it feels right.
My belief is that everyone can fight cancer and win. Our body is designed to heal itself, if we give it what it needs. I also believe that cancer is preventable, but not in the sense that cancer patients should be blamed for unhealthy lifestyles - diet and exercise do a lot to prevent cancer - but cancer should be preventable by eliminating exposure to cancer-causing agents in our environment. Every day we are exposed to presumably 'safe levels' of things that are known to cause cancer. We can't eliminate these completely, but we can reduce our own exposure, and advocate for better regulation.
Nearly 1 out of 2 men (1 out of 3 women) will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Cancer is no longer something that weak people get, we all have to actively prevent it in ourselves.
So, distilling what brought me here, you will probably guess that I will write consistently about cancer, and cancer prevention, and living with cancer, and how to beat cancer when it hits.
But there's another side to my life. Moving on. Creating myself. Nurturing my family. So, you will also see writings on family, children, education, diet, love, relationships… with the perspective of someone who has been to some strange places in all of this.
I hope you enjoy what you read :)
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