The art (and science) of war
According to American College of Obstetricians and Gyneacologists, about 75% of the women with uterine cancer have stage 1 disease; and of these women, 85% to 90% will have no sign of cancer five years or more after treatment. Therefore, when uterine cancer is found early, the outlook is great. They are talking about the outlook is great after the conventional treatment. I say the outlook is equally great with non-conventional treatment – let thy food be thy medicine, as Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, said. Switching to a vegan diet helped me cure my cancer without the surgery doctors said I needed.
I have been battling with a monster that I could not see or feel, but deadly enough that could have done some serious damage to my mind and body. Up to this day, I still don’t know why cancer chose me. Some holistic doctors said cancer cells lurked in everybody and are just waiting for an opportunity to attack. This opportunity could be opened up by unhealthy diet, harmful lifestyle such as smoking, pollution and stress. Living in a small, laidback town in New Mexico with less than 30,000 people and clean air, the only factor that would make sense was my diet. I started eating like a big American dude with a tub of ice cream in my hands watching TV and enjoying big chunks of deep fried and grilled meat over the KFC and Golden Corral buffet.
Becoming cancer free in six months without surgeries seems to be a miracle to some people. To me, it was a long battle that required lots of research on plant-based food, understanding from family and friends, and self-discipline on refraining from addictive foods that I was used to. Cancer has changed my whole mindset and philosophy on life. I am who I am today because of the training I gained from being alongside cancer for almost two years. It is my enemy but it’s also my friend at the same time – I learned a lot about the world, things I never came across. I would not have known my food pyramid with meat and diary isn’t ideal or that food is such a political issue.
As Sun Tzu wrote in “The Art of War,” if you know your enemies and yourself, you can win numerous battles without a single loss.
I say taking down a monster by bare hands, whether it is as big as the sky or as small as a cell, depends on your will and attitude.
There is hope everywhere. Never give up.
***The version of this cancer story released on the blog is a very rough draft, which acts as a base for part of the content of the vegan lifestyle book I’ve been working on. The Chinese version is more detailed and I shifted things around a little as well. After reading it again, I also rewrote certain parts.
Writers usually go through several rounds of drafts before they find their materials presentable, but I really wanted to put some materials out there and see what reactions people have so it can help me refine it. Thank you for all those who have been reading my past experience with cancer and the bizarre encounters I had with doctors.
This book is going to be rich in content, not just from my cancer story and personal recommendations of vegan products and services, but also the experiences and tips from other well-known and interesting vegans around the world. I can’t wait to finish writing it and get it out there in 2015.***