What is our generation? Every generation has a war. I am thirty-six. Isn’t our war an internal conflict making everyday a battle? We fight the police. We feel the affects of the drought. We battle disease created by food companies. Companies that are run by people who do not know how to care about humanity by taking less money to show and help people do things in a healthier way. Is it possible take more time making food for mass distribution instead of doubling the speed through genetic mutation? Is it possible to use the billions of dollars they make to help educate people to eliminate food from their diet that will eventually try to kill them?


My education has afforded me many great experiences. One experience that never gets boring is reading a good book. I especially love the books that help me to question life’s mysteries.  When I was first diagnosed with cancer, over five years ago, it was a complete shock to my friends and family. I’m not going to lie, I was shocked too but not because I got it but because I thought I was untouchable. Therefore I ignored all the symptoms as if it could not happen to me. Why did I think that it could not happen to me? I was not reading the books, I was not listening through the surface news to hear the real news. The news given by those who care about humanity and speak about the improper farming of animals and plants. Once you start chemo, you start listening. 


I was in optimal health, so I thought, when I got sick. Body was rock solid. I was jumping rope for hours and running in canyons yet still I was doing something wrong. Months after feeling just not quite right, my situation turned into dire times and my now fiancé, then girlfriend forced me to the emergency room. Fifteen hours later I was moved to the oncology unit. Eight days later it was revealed that I had stage IV Hodgkins Lymphoma. I had tumors everywhere. Some were breaking my bones and eating my body from inside out. Through nutrition, prayer, laughs, love, some luck and a stem cell transplant, we knocked it back into remission. My mother would personally cook a fresh fish and vegetables everyday as well as two to five mixed berry shakes. As many as she could convince me to drink was her mindset as berries were found to be an excellent preventer of cancer. That type of information should be screamed from the mountain tops. The phrase, knowledge is power, is never more important than when the knowledge is about you, your dna, and your health, physical as well as mental.


Our generation is seeing cancer diagnosis double each year and I’ve found that those within ten years of me are conscious of it. Most young adults who have yet to graduate from college still feel invincible. Then there is the affordability factor. That is the biggest hook to fast food, bagged and processed snacks. It is cheap. A man once stopped me in the store, an older man in his sixties. He looked me in the eye and asked me, why did I buy bottled water when the coco-cola was cheaper? He had four cases of coke and I had two cases of water. Then he said he drinks the water right from the sink. So the younger generation just doesn’t care and the older generation just doesn’t know. Or they know and stubbornness forbids them to change. I know more of the latter. 


Our generation will be known for taking the world a cleaner world and we will reverse the number on cancer diagnosis. My cancer has come back after four years of remission and the first thing that I did was create a mantra with my great friend and produce an outline or game plan for my nutrition and not just for the time period while fighting off this disease but for the remainder of my days. It was because of the knowledge that my friends have through experience and trial that they were able to provide with nutritional information that made me feel better just at the thought. I am all for Western Medicine as it helped prolong my life, I also am a believer in preventative medicine through nature. Fruits, vegetables, water, cannabis, all provided by the earth. I work out six days a week and eat almost all organic yet still I put unnatural sugars in my body as well as foods with preservatives. Occasionally, I will have red meat, pork and chicken, yet I know that the best diet for me is a vegetarian diet. Its not the best diet because it’s the cool thing to do but because it is scientifically proven to be better for me. Look into yourselves and ask what’s best for me then be brave and do it. Change is good and so is life. I know for sure I’d rather eat a steady diet of brussels sprouts then twenty one days on seven days off of chemo. Much love and live life.