Why I Choose You
I was a typical mom, holding all the strings that tie the family together….. absorbed in my kids and work and everything else on my overflowing plate. Like most busy moms, the last thing I had time for was me. And then, suddenly that’s all I could think about.
This picture was taken before I told my two kids about the journey we were about to begin. It was the day before I would lose my breast to a mastectomy and lose my long hair to chemotherapy.
Smiling on this day was the hardest thing I had ever done.
Cancer is the wake up call no one wants. It forced me to do something I’d never done: to put myself and my health as my top priority.
It wasn’t a choice— it was an imperative.
The kids might not remember that I suddenly pulled the plug on fast food for the family; that I went on a stringent diet, cutting out sugar and fat and even my beloved chocolate; that I worked out so faithfully –even during cancer treatment I was in the best shape of my life; that I found ways to relax and manage my enormous amount of stress; that I desperately searched out every preventive measure against cancer that I could find.
I found all the motivation I needed in the faces of my son and daughter. They inspired me to take care of myself—so I would be there later to take care of them.
I was lucky. That little boy just turning 7 is now in college, studying abroad in Buenos Aires. When I visited him recently, I got a little window into his life— and vice versa. Spending time together made clear—at least to one of us—- something was wrong with this picture.
When mealtime would roll around, Daniel would roll his eyes. “Mom! You eat too much sugar!”
Me: “Is it my fault they serve dulce de leche at breakfast, lunch and dinner?”
I knew about Argentine beef, of course. But until I got there, I didn’t realize there’s another staple of the Argentine diet : dulce de leche. Delicious….but if you’re health conscious, equally dangerous. And I’m a person who doesn’t like to use the words “sweets” and “moderation” in the same sentence.Continued on the next page