Well, I had planned to do a pretty easy and non-impact day at the gym today, sticking to the bike and elliptical, but somehow I hopped on the treadmill and stayed there for half an hour and 2.6 miles. I hope my legs don’t hate me tomorrow when I go to lift, but the running just felt so good. Maybe on my recovery week after I finish Stage 5 I can just run and swim.
(tw: food talk, cancer)
One of my fellow morning gym ladies has cancer, and she’s been talking with us about her experience as she goes through the treatment.
Yesterday she was telling another gym lady that someone had sent her a "Johns Hopkins cancer center study" and they had proved that cancer is caused by: nutritional deficiencies, cooking vegetables, eating red meat, plastic containers, and dairy. (By the way, this is a fantastic page. It’s like a Snopes just for cancer– direct from the actual Johns Hopkins cancer center.)
Now, I work at an org that does science. Not all of the employees do science, but as a whole we probably have higher-than-average science literacy. But I guess folks still get pulled in by this pop-science, clickbait, Facebook share crap.
And frankly, I didn’t have the heart to discuss it with her. I wonder, after her ‘friend’ sent her this pile of junk, how much time she spent saying ‘if only’– if only I didn’t use that Tupperware, if only I didn’t eat so much steak or milk, if only I’d taken more vitamins… As far as I’m concerned, this is perhaps the least helpful thing to do to someone suffering from cancer. Cancer is a monster, and it’s not your fault. Argh, it just makes me so mad.