Last night, amid hacking and coughing, Shawn turned to me and said, “Darlin’ maybe I should sleep in another room. I don’t want you to catch this cold.” To which I promptly replied, “Oh, don’t worry about me. I haven’t been sick since I got cancer.” The words were already out of my mouth before I realized the irony of it! The truth is, I have not had a cold, flu or stomach bug in the past year, despite being surrounded by contagious kids. Cold seasons have come and gone in my home, and I have nursed each of my three children through the dreaded stomach flu, but for some reason, I have been unaffected. Even my lifelong companion, irritable bowel syndrome (yes, it is as irritating as it sounds) has taken a hike this past year.
Hmmmmmmm to what do I owe this reprieve from boogers and other un-pleasantries? I chalk it up to a robust immune system. Before getting cancer, I took my immune system for granted, assuming that it would ward off the enemy fueled by the likes of diet cokes and Doritos. While my killer T-cells snoozed, viruses and bacteria moved in and took up residence in my body. Then came the ultimate ambush: CANCER. What a rude awakening. I knew it was time to make friends with my killer T’s by feeding them nourishing foods and giving them some exercise. I even spend time each day picturing these little soldiers traveling through my body seeking and destroying the dreaded enemy. It has paid off. Other than the adverse side effects of my treatments, (which cannot be blamed on a lazy immune system), I am one of the healthiest cancer patients you will ever meet.
(Click on this link to watch a live Killer T cell in action, destroying a cancer cell: http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-cetera/watch-a-killer-t-cell-in-action-as-it-attacks-a-cancerous-cell-20120211/)
Tip: Keep your immune system strong and healthy by feeding your body nutritious, cancer-fighting foods, getting plenty of rest, exercising, and reducing the stressors in your life.