Hello everyone! My name is Kristen Barry. I am 46 years old; a wife, mother of two girls, Clinical Psychologist, and Healthy Cancer Chick! I know what your thinking….healthy and cancer don’t belong together….but I believe they do and in my case the cancer was a wake up call to change my life and get healthy and happy.
If I was told to list the top 100 ways that I thought I would die, breast cancer would not have even made the list. In High School I was President of the IBTC (all you flat chested women know what that is). In math class once I remember one of the boys saying I was an example of concave! My maiden name is Totten and the kids use to call me Titless Totten (all in fun I’m sure). In college, my BFF once told me that I had no boobs only nipples (easy for her, the double D, to poke fun). So, you can imagine my extreme and utter shock when I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.
In 2010 I had just moved from Central New York, and the unfulfilling, dead-end job I was stuck in, to the sunny East coast of Florida. It is amazing how the change in climate really wakes up your senses and gives you drive to get healthy. Even before the dreaded diagnosis I was inspired by the wonderful weather and fit people here to start eating better and exercising more.
After I was told that I had a “life threatening illness,” I was quickly thrown into the traditional Slash/Poison/Burn treatment regimen a.k.a. surgery/chemotherapy/radiation therapy. No other options were discussed or ever brought up casually in conversation. I was new to the area and putting my trust in Doctors that I knew nothing about and had minimal supports. I did what most good patients do and followed their orders. I’m not saying that the Doctors weren’t and aren’t still working hard to save my life, but after doing relentless hours and hours of research on the internet, reading books, and connecting with others from around the world I have come to realize that I am the most important authority on my body and my life. That being said, I will go to any length to do what I can to live longer, live happier, and live healthier!
Thus begins my Healthy Cancer Chick journey. I want to share with all of you the healthy things that I have learned along the way (and still learning) and the things that I am doing to feel good in body, mind and spirit.
My Blog will have new topics regularly
My Recipes page will add a new recipes frequently
My Cancer journey will cover in depth the process that I went (still go) through
My Resources link will list articles, books, and websites to help you on your journey
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Choosing healthy living over dying
Disclaimer: This blog is about my own personal journey with cancer and healthy living. It is for educational and informational purposes only. If you are in a situation in which you need medical advice please contact your own Doctor or a medical professional.
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