Here goes the second reason of my double-header! This one's kinda heavy.
Everything causes cancer these days. Heart disease is one of the number one killers of women. There are a billion scary diseases beyond these two that you can get at a moment's notice, and they'll just kill you. Just like that.
What's truly scary is that you can get these diseases even if you are super healthy, eat nothing but the best foods, exercise all the time, and never touch a cigarette or a drink in your entire life. You can be the world's healthiest person and cancer can take you down. Just like that.
So yes, horrendous diseases affect people all the time, and maybe there's nothing any of us can do to completely prevent them. But there's a whole lot of literature to prove that you can reduce that risk by eating better and exercising, so if there is something you can do to bring down the risk, then you really should. Because life is scary enough and the risks are high enough, so shouldn't we all do our best to make sure we are on the lower end of the risk scale?
It's easy to say "I could get cancer anyway, I might as well do what I want", but that's a cop-out. All those people out there who love me and want me to stay here and stay healthy deserve better than for me to cop out. My kids deserve better than for their mom to cop out.
Day 22, Reason 22: Because I can, and should, do everything to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and all the other illnesses that strike down amazing people in their prime.
The 30 Days, 30 Reasons, No Scale Challenge.