October is National Breast Cancer month in Canada and Houston, British Columbia author DebiLyn Smith has taken a firm stand against cancer and earnestly suggests you do the same. “Not after diagnosis, but before!”
Join Dianes Lingerie on South Granville in Vancouver as they celebrate the struggle and triumph of author and cancer survivor DebiLyn Smith during a special in-store book signing and author meet-and-greet on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 from 2-4pm.
Having recently battled breast cancer DebiLyn has written a raw, funny and honest book that speaks volumes of the experience. Running From Cancer: a tilted memoir advises you to take stock of your life now to avoid going down this tilted road!
It is truly phenomenal what DebiLyn Smith has accomplished and she can help you Lose the Cancer Lottery too! She is open, honest and humorous. She has some terrific insight… real talk about the real issues of breast cancer.
“Cancer is a bad lottery,” says DebiLyn, “and if it can, it will kill you. We’re all born with tickets. The key is to reduce the extra tickets you’re playing with. If you smoke, give yourself another ticket. Are you overweight? Get a ticket. Drink more than seven alcoholic beverages a week for women and 14 for men?More tickets ensures more chances of winning the cancer lottery; whether it runs in your family or not.”
No-one is exempt from this lottery. Young, old, athletic, smoker, non-smoker, we are all able to make and grow cancer. DebiLyn could have lessened her chance of letting cancer grow by tightening her anti-cancer belt a bit. She is convinced that less alcohol and stress, more water, yoga and her Sinless Chocolate Macaroon recipe would have spared her the year of surgeries, mutilation, chemotherapy, hair loss, radiation and depression.
The Canadian Cancer Society reported that 500 Canadians a day are diagnosed with cancer and of that number, 200 will die. We need to reduce those numbers now! Merely hoping cancer won’t catch up to you is not enough. It’s never too early to start fighting for your life.
Here are some did-you-knows from DebiLyn:
Women can’t drink as much as men and expect to live a long life. It’s 1/2 to 1 drink a day max for benefit; otherwise you play Russian roulette.
Peri-menopausal women are at greater risk when mixing alcohol and hormonal influxes. The liver will always deal with the alcohol first and the extra estrogen must wait, meanwhile potentially causing cancers to grow.
Breast feeding your babies lessens your chance of developing breast cancer but does not eliminate it.
Cancer sucks as much as you imagine.
If you knew some of us vacuumed our heads so the hair would stay longer, that your new growth sticks like Velcro to your pillowcase once the hair returns and that chemo feels like you have food poisoning and three types of flu while you’re walking in a desert that flashes on and off, you would think twice about what you’re doing to yourself.
A few ways to improve your odds in losing the cancer lottery:
- stop smoking
- get a cardio workout for a minimum of 20 to 40 minutes a day. Fresh air kills cancer cells!
- up the fruit and vegetables
- reduce red meat intake
- take a daily supplement of vitamin D
- get informed about what cancer symptoms look and feel like
- get those lumps and questionable health issues dealt with
Cancer patients have a fair chance of surviving when it’s caught early. The key is knowledge and prevention. Stop gambling and avoid the chance of winning at the worst lottery around!
Book Signing and Meet-and-Greet
Author DebiLyn Smith
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
About DebiLyn Smith
Is a wife, mother, breast cancer survivor, she lives large with her ADD, she loves downhill and heli-skiing, hiking, world travel, is an all-around athlete, who enjoys healthing-up recipes and a wee bit of dark chocolate. Debi has written hundreds of articles for magazines, newspapers and websites and she is completing her second mystery book in her Running From Mystery series called “Double Dip”, a sequel to “Not Just One”—hot off the presses September 2013. You can learn more about DebiLyn at www.debilynsmith.com.