It’s a new year, and that means resolutions and new beginnings. I’m not really one to make resolutions, but I do love the feeling that a new year brings. The end of 2013 was a little rough for us. My youngest son suffered a minor concussion, then not long after he was healed from that, he fractured his wrist in two places. This is our first experience with a cast and all that entails, so it’s been a bit stressful. Right at the end of the year, I got a call from my doctor indicating that I have some things going on that aren’t very good. I’m still waiting to follow up, and while I know everything is going to be OK, the prospect of a health problem puts things out there on the table.
There’s something out there for my sons too, and it’s caused me to really evaluate what I want to do this year. Their grandfather was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. As scary as that is, it isn’t just him. One by one, the males in this side of the family are being diagnosed with this same cancer. Several have already lost their battle. I’m petrified by the family history that is stacking the deck against them. As a mother, I feel somewhat hopeless. But I also feel lucky too. My boys are still very young. We know what the odds are that they could have this illness. We can get tests early and catch anything out of place. More importantly, we can build their defenses now.
We all contain cancer cells within us. It’s a matter of whether or not they ever grow into the big C. We can’t control our genes, but we can control how we treat our body. I can arm them with natural defenses, and I can eliminate as many toxins as possible. I can teach them to continue this pattern after they leave home, and what it will mean for their future.
So while I don’t make resolutions, I will make sure that 2014 is a year of learning for all of us. A year of trying new foods, new exercise, and learning about how to prevent disease. Trust me, I know that sounds boring and heavy for kids, but it won’t be. Even if there are times where it is, I think that’s OK. I want to make sure that 2014 is just the beginning of many more new years to come!