When my mom was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer, she was given 13 months to live. But instead of accepting that prognosis and indulging in life's pleasures, she was determined to live as long as possible. She refocused her plate toward organic vegetables, fruit, and whole grains, made fresh green juice every day, drank alkaline water, and enrolled in a boot camp, yoga classes, meditation, and acupuncture. She hunted down the best clinical trials in the nation to target her cancer. And through it all she kept a positive, optimistic mindset. I watched her surpass her 13-month prognosis and live a mighty 4 years past her diagnosis… which is unheard of for someone with stage IV lung and brain cancer.
Her story proved to me that healthy habits are the foundation of life. The way that we live our day-to-day can either extend our life and give us a higher quality of life or decrease our joy and lead to our destruction.
Since my mom's diagnosis in 2011, I've learned everything I can about health, nutrition, and fitness, and implemented it in my own life.
As a certified health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I study and practice the science of the most current nutrition trends.
And in my day job in the advertising world, I have deep experience working with top health organizations like MD Anderson Cancer Center, Grady Hospital, American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and health-focused food brands like NatureSweet Tomatoes and Ocean Spray.