The cure for “M-E”... see what I did there? Sounds like Emmy?
My goal for 2018 is to make a positive difference in one person’s life this year. I am starting this blog today to track my wellness journey and ideally inspire others to explore their own. Before I start, I need to note that this blog is a thought journal of my own personal experience, and every person who reads my thoughts should also do their own research into what is right for their own lifestyle, their body, their physical and mental wellbeing.
My interest in wellness started in Fall of 2014, when my mom was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is discussed as an incredibly hereditary disease, you are completely predisposed to getting it and there is nothing you can do to prevent it or cure it. When I was 19 years old and my 61 year old mother was diagnosed with a horrible disease, I disagreed with her doctors. I knew in my gut that there had to be something that would cure Alzheimer's. Right now, in 2018, there are plenty of different drug trials taking place and a race to put the first patented drug available to a billion dollar Alzheimer’s and dementia health industry. It is a pretty hot topic as Bill Gates recently donated $50 million dollars into finding a cure.
As I watch my mother’s once incredibly brilliant brain deteriorate, I am less interested in a drug, and more interested in a preventative “cure” from the start. I want to end the heart-wrenching feeling of watching a loved one suffer. Not only was my mother diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014, she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in Spring of 2015. Thankfully, she is a breast cancer survivor and no longer has any sign of breast cancer today. Some might call her fight with health issues "bad luck", where I find the idea of luck incredibly depressing. As a young woman, whose mother and grandmother both survived breast cancer, and who has Alzheimer's disease present in both sides of my gene pool, I need to believe that I have an impact on my own future. I need to do what I can to preemptively “cure” myself of inheriting these diseases by significantly lessening my risk through my diet and exercise. And so, welcome to my wellness journey, my Cure for Me.