Before being diagnosed with Colon cancer in December 2014, I had always been very activeattending a number of classes i.e. body pump, Zumba and spin to name a few. Over the course of 2 years, I was suffering with pain to the lower left hand side of my stomach and bloating, it was manageable but annoying and with the number of trips to the doctors for blood test and scans to find out what was wrong with no real conclusion other than oh you might have IBS.
Anywho with the frustration of not knowing what was really wrong, I thought ok I have IBS – I decided I would change up my diet and eat more healthily – green juices, smoothies, cutting down on processed foods, bread, no meat and no dairy, I even ate raw foods…. It did help with the bloating for a while but the pain was still there.
After surgery to remove 75% of my colon in January 2015 and 6 rounds of chemo, I was determined to get my life back and not let what I had been through define me, with the amazing support from my husband feeding my mind with positivity from day one I decided I was going to keep up with my healthy eating and live a more plantbased lifestyle which also included using none chemical products around the home. I became more mindful about what I put into my body as well as on my body. I had no clue what had started this tumour to grow inside me – was it my poor eating habits? Who knows; but what I did know was I didn’t want to go through it again and that was the motivation I needed to help me stick to a health conscious lifestyle and minimise the chances of it coming back.
When you go through something like cancer it does change you, it certainty changed me, It made me appreciate life. I am extremely grateful and thankful that I have come out of this.
My fitness regime has moved a notch up from the usual classes, to now doing weights in the gym and HIIT training, I try to work out 3 times a week and also try to get a workout in at home, I feel so much stronger taking up weight training and will continue on my health & fitness journey – it has really become a lifestyle.
Bei Braithwaite-Cotton, is a stage 3 colon cancer survivor, works full-time as a Business Officer for her Local Authority, and blog part-time at Health Conscious Lifestyle by Beifit – promoting all things health, fitness and beauty.
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