For two months I thought I had cancer. Persistent, intense pain over a two month period is a very bad sign and I’m not particularly relieved doctors haven’t found the cause for it. But we’ve ruled out certain cancers I’m terrified of. When I thought they were possibilities, I turned to juicing and I made a plan. I would begin to practice yoga and meditation, I would visit an accupuncturist, I would join a cancer support group, I would become macrobiotic. And I’d buy Kris Carr’s book, Crazy Sexy Cancer.
Even after Tuesday’s colonoscopy, the last of the big cancers I wanted to rule out, I kept the ad for Crazy Sexy Cancer. Yesterday, I finally checked out the website. On the first page there’s a wonderful picture of Ms. Carr standing underneath a quote: Why, when we are challenged to survive, do we give ourselves permission to truly live?
When I thought we were going to find something wrong, I started planning. Not just for yoga classes and accupuncture sessions. I started planning trips we’d take to places we haven’t been able to go because I don’t like airplanes. I started making mental notes of the books I want to read and the movies I want to see before I die. I decided I’d answer emails. And I’d visit people I haven’t seen in ages and go for long walks in order to appreciate this city. And then the doctor said my colon was clean and, as far as he’s concerned, cancer isn’t the cause of my pain. I went home and promised myself I’d still follow my plan. Because, here’s the thing: I don’t want cancer to be the reason I decide to take control of my life, body, health.
At Kris Carr’s website, there’s a 7 minute trailer for the documentary she filmed after she received her diagnosis and began her journey. The trailer’s awesome – heartwrenching and inspiring. I cried. And then I ordered her book.
Actress and photographer Kris Carr thought she had a hangover, but a Jivamukti yoga class didn’t provide its usual kick-ass cure. A visit to her doctor confirmed her “liver looked like Swiss cheese,” covered with cancerous tumors. She entered trench warfare (wearing cowboy boots into the MRI machine, no less), vowing, “Cancer needed a makeover and I was just the gal to do it!” She began writing and filming her journey, documenting her interactions with friends, doctors, alternative “quacks,” blind dates, and other women with cancer—sadly a growing group. These include hip, young women such as illustrator-author Marisa Acocella Marchetto (Cancer Vixen), Glamour writer-editor Erin Zammett (My So-Called Normal Life), MTV personality Diem Brown (Real World/Road Rules Challenge), model Sharon Blynn (founder, Bald Is Beautiful), and music manager Jackie Farry, among others.
The Learning Channel is broadcasting the premiere of Carr’s unforgettable documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer on August 29, 2007 @ 9:00-11:00pm (ET/PT).
CRAZY SEXY CANCER TIPS gathers the lessons learned and advice offered from Carr’s own journey, as well as the experiences of her cancer posse. Full-color photos accompany personal stories and candid revelations in this scrapbook of advice, warnings, and resources for the cancer patient. Chapters cover your changing social life, dating, sex, and appearance; essential health tips on how to boost your immune system; recipes; medical and holistic resources; and information on young survivor support groups. The resulting book is a warm, yet informative tool for any woman newly diagnosed with the disease and for those who love them.