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NOLA Girl Gone Green: Cancer, surgery, anxiety, and depression

Written by  Nicolette Colly
Editor’s Note: Ms. Nicolette Colly is as New Orleans as they come. Born and raised in Gentilly, a graduate of Eleanor McMain High School, Loyola University New Orleans, and Southern University Law Center, Nicolette is currently an Assistant Attorney General at the Louisiana Department of Justice in Baton Rouge and fitness guru. Join Nicolette on her journey of healthier living. - See more at: http://www.inthenola.com/news/nola-living/item/3996-nola-girl-gone-green-10-tips-to-get-started-on-a-healthier-lifestyle#sthash.aqojjUdW.dpuf
Editor’s Note: Ms. Nicolette Colly is as New Orleans as they come. Born and raised in Gentilly, a graduate of Eleanor McMain High School, Loyola University New Orleans, and Southern University Law Center, Nicolette is a fitness instructor, personal trainer, and soon to be health coach. Join Nicolette on her journey of healthier living.

Editor’s Note: Ms. Nicolette Colly is as New Orleans as they come. Born and raised in Gentilly, a graduate of Eleanor McMain High School, Loyola University New Orleans, and Southern University Law Center, Nicolette is currently an Assistant Attorney General at the Louisiana Department of Justice in Baton Rouge and fitness guru. Join Nicolette on her journey of healthier living. - See more at: http://www.inthenola.com/news/nola-living/item/3996-nola-girl-gone-green-10-tips-to-get-started-on-a-healthier-lifestyle#sthash.aqojjUdW.dpuf
Multiply the scariness of that title by 1000. That's how I felt when I opened the letter from my doctor that said, "You have to come back for further testing because we found abnormal cells." My heart sank and I went into immediate devastation mode. I felt like I had already gone through enough and would be going through more because a few weeks after that, I was heading into surgery to repair a hernia that I had ignored for 2 years (I wish I would've done this while I was still on that good employer-sponsored healthcare). If you suffer through bouts of anxiety and depression, like I do, then you know that certain life events are big hits.
I guess that maybe because doctors see hundreds of patients and cancer cells within a day's work, my doctor was so nonchalant and blahzay about relaying the news and explaining what's to come. "Oh, we'll run a second test to be sure, and just come back in September. No big deal," she said. Huh?! What do you mean no big deal?! I could develop a potentially deadly cancer and it's no big deal?! Well to her, that was pretty much it. The second test did in fact discover a low-grade risk potential for cancer. Nothing to do now but wait...according to my doc!
 
Having a real risk of developing cancer is pushing me to understand that much more about how the body works and what to put in it to fight disease and cancer. I already know that cancer cannot flourish in an alkalinized environment. I know the benefits of eating a plant-based diet. The flipside is that I'm experiencing what it's like to battle through emotional eating, anxiety, and depression when all you want to do is eat fried everything and a whole cake. It's a vicious battle, but I know I'll win. I know this is necessary to prepare me for my health-coaching clients who may battle with the very same thing. Nothing is a coincidence in this life. There is more to do than just wait, doc!
 
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Last modified on Wednesday, 22 July 2015
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