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Self-Love: Fight Cancer With Food

Time to grab a cup of joe (or bottle of ice water with this heat!) and settle in for another great self-love reflection and story. Remember, I am sharing YOUR strengths and stories now because you all are just so dang inspiring. This week comes courtesy of Alex from Fighting Cancer with Food. Her story gives me chills. So read it and then give Alex some love with a visit to her blog and/or a hello in the comments. You want to know this chick!


Hey there! I’m Alex...


...and it is absolutely wonderful to meet you.

I feel a little uncomfortable writing this. I’m better at “It’s just what anyone would have done,” and then changing the subject. Possibly with granola. I’m really good at granola.


But if I’ve learnt anything from reading Tina’s blog, it’s that my triumphs are worth shouting aloud. My strengths and accomplishments are not average or every-day. They are mine and I own them. Own them with me? Let’s jump in at the deep end.


In April 2010 my Mum was diagnosed with cancer for the third time. First was Breast Cancer in 2002. Then secondary cancer in her spine. Third time’s the charm and she ended up with Advanced Breast Cancer that metastasised to her liver. It was as if the disease had finally reached its breaking point. It was pissed off and had come back with a vengeance. The first two times had some side effects, but I began to think that the world had been lying to everyone. Cancer wasn't that bad. Chemotherapy didn't make you ill.


Well, they weren’t lying.

I was in the final year of my degree, just 4 weeks away my dissertation deadlines (yes, plural. I was an absolutely geek and did seemed like a good idea at the time). Despite all that, there was no way I was leaving her to go through treatment on her own.

It was stressful, tiring and incredibly emotional, but I don’t regret a single second of
it. I attended all of Mum’s early appointments with her. From the point when we were still hoping that chemo would shrink the tumour in her liver to a manageable size to the point when a nurse suggested that she stay at a local hospice for a few days, for what they called ‘respite care’. Little did I know that the next time she would come home, would be the week before she died - three short months after her diagnosis. We went through some truly horrific things at the end, but I was there holding her hand.


One thing we decided together was that we needed to kick cancer’s ass. It had obviously taken a liking to her body, so we needed to make her body as unwelcoming as possible. We began to look into the links between diet and cancer and discovered that there is so much evidence out there for what food can do to cancer cells. I researched big time, and we completely overhauled our diet.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to save her, but it ignited something in me that I cannot forget. What started as a little bit of research became the passion that has managed to drag me through losing her. Learning about what I could do to protect myself against this destructive disease gave me something positive to focus on, and it’s completely changed my outlook on life. I love food more than I ever have, but I am also aware of how we can use it to arm ourselves against the things that feel out of our control.

latte porridge

Okay, deep breaths. That’s the background of it all.

Tina’s Sunday posts are all about self-love, and I wanted to shout out about my story for two reasons:

First off, because I never do. People tell me how strong I have been, and more often than not I will brush off their compliments. But you know what? I did good. I rocked my degree. I don’t know how, but I managed to come out with First Class Honours.It was pretty incredible that I did so well, and my Mum found out my results while she could still tell me how proud she was of me. I’ll never forget that look on her face.


I was at my Mum’s side when she needed me the most and I know how much she
appreciated the small things. Glasses of water after she’d been sick; laughing instead of
crying; hugs; someone to watch daytime TV with. It all mattered.

I am inspirational. This is the one I get most embarrassed about, but I hope it carries on. I started my blog Fight Cancer With Food as a way to tell people about how easy and tasty it is to live the anti-cancer lifestyle. While I don’t expect everyone who reads it to change their diet in the same way, I have received so many lovely comments about how amazing it is. And no, it isn’t all crazy health food – I like serious comfort food – I just know the simple ways to anti-cancerfy your favourites.


For the second reason, I simply hope that some good might come out of my Mum’s illness. I am strong because of her strength, so it feels right that I might go on to help someone else because of it. It hasn’t been easy, and of course there have been (and still are) some truly dark days, but I have come out stronger. Here I am, a year later, and I know that she would be incredibly proud to read this post.

Find the good in awful situations. Live with every fibre of your body. And somewhere along the way, fill that body with granola. Because life should be long and taste fantastic.

  • What is something that has sparked your own healthy living passions?

Posted by on August 7th, 2011 19 Comments

Inspiration Galore

You all have so kindly poured out the love for me recently with your Fitfluential Ambassador support and your kind comments on my recent Body After Baby update. I think this afternoon needs to showcase where I get my inspiration from – you all! Time to check out some more amazing women and their strengths out loud. It never ceases to amaze me the fabulous bunch of women that inhabit the blogging community. Thanks for motivating me each and every day. Love to you all and happy Friday! 🙂

Lisa @ I’m An Okie


I've developed a new strength over the past two years. I've learned to listen to my gut and go out and achieve the life I want. I'm hardworking, dedicated, and always striving to life the like I want whether that's in relationships (broke up with someone only to get back together and have a WONDERFUL relationship), education (finally was able to go back to school for Nursing and start a second career), fitness (challenged myself by running two half marathons this year), or just simply enjoying life and living the moment.

Robyn @ The Ranch Wife Chronicles


I am a ranch wife who is raising healthy, high quality protein to feed America.  I am organized, dependable, and caring.  I put my whole heart into the projects I take on and strive to autograph my work with excellence.  I believe in and practice life long learning.

Emily @ Operation Emily

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I am a mother who adores my smart and confident daughter Olivia and proud to be raising her to be that way. I am a loving and supportive Wife who encourages my husband. I am a Nurse who is strong for others when they are not able to be. I am proud of who I am.

Kat @ Living Like the Kings


I will always make time for myself through exercise - a happy and healthy mommy yields a happy and healthy baby.

Danica @ It's Progression Not Perfection


I'm proud of the respectful, kind person I am to all people.  I work hard to achieve all of my personal goals--about 1 year ago I committed to making a healthier lifestyle for myself (more exercise, naturally/fueling foods, growing in my relationship with God, etc.), and I've truly stuck to it.  I feel better than ever, and I'm really proud to be a great role model for my younger siblings!

Krys @ Musings From Mom School


I am a GREAT mom because I love to get dirty with my boys. I love to do things that are good for the planet and I believe that children learn to respect nature by learning to love it, and they learn to love it by getting out there in it and playing in it. Even if it's chilly or raining, or if there are mosquitoes, snakes or *shudder* ticks, or if I'm baiting fish hooks or whatever. I believe that the dirtier my kids are at the end of the day, the better of a day they had, and that goes for me, too.

Paige @ Running Around Normal

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I am decisive, passionate, driven, and impulsive. Combined, this leads me to take action on successful projects and ideas in life that wouldn't have come to fruition if I'd second guessed myself or had been wishy washy about them. Of course, it's also lead to some dead ends or "failures" *ahem, learning experiences,* but I'd say the former outweigh the latter 😉

Karen @ Health In Real Life


I am a wife and mom that loves her family unconditionally.  I have a strong body that allowed me to carry twins for 36 weeks.  I am a passionate, kind, loyal, patient and honest woman.

Carolina @ Peas In A Blog


I'm a lover, daughter, sister, friend & life aficionado. I'm a runner & a heck of a cook. I'm a artist & a world traveler. I have a huge heart & love others well. I believe everyone has something to contribute to this beautiful life -- we should live well & live fully!

  • What is one way blogs inspire and motivate you?

Posted by on July 8th, 2011 32 Comments


Catch Up With Recent Posts

Announcement Time

Posted: November 23, 2011 at 7:47 am

Well, I have had a whirlwind of a few weeks over here. I missed all of you so much! I can’t express enough gratitude for your patience while I got some important things sorted out. Some scary things. Are you ready for the announcement? Here goes! I will no longer be blogging at Faith Fitness […]

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Self-Love Reflection: The Road Not Taken

Posted: November 20, 2011 at 11:47 am

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Healthier Eating For Kids

Posted: November 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

Thanks to Plum Organics for sponsoring my post about tips for baby feeding magic. What if you let baby choose what’s for dinner? Check out their cute "Quest for Yum!" video and see what happens! As parents, we want the best for our children. We help them to feel loved. We strive to teach them […]

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Posted: November 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Hey, everyone! I wanted to pop in and say I am working on some new and exciting changes.  As a result,I may not be posting as much during the coming week.  Please stay tuned for the big announcement! Love you all! And still feel free to find me on Twitter and Facebook for the time […]

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Where The Change Happens

Posted: November 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

It’s kind of funny. I become a certified personal trainer and the first workouts I turn to this week come from someone else. The book came in for me at the library last week and, after flipping through it, I couldn’t wait to give the circuits a go. Making The Cut includes a lot of […]

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From Beginning To End

Posted: November 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

Good morning! First off, thanks for the many congrats yesterday. Love you all bunches for the tons of support you have given me in so many things this year. I hope I can return a little bit of that love through this here blog as well. So yesterday I had my first parent-teacher “conference” for […]

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