Cancer: Shove IT

Cancer: Shove IT

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Dear Cancer:

I do not know you…yet. I fear that someday I will know you, battle you, hate you and cuss you out like a drunken trucker. I fear that you’ll hurt me like you’ve hurt others and that you’ll impact my children, husband and friends.

Cancer, you are evil but you are also eye opening. Six letters. Only six letters but these letters bring pain, fear, research and determination to kick the living shit out of you!

I know as a woman I have a higher percent of body fat then my counter part and so I’m more likely to store toxic material that has indeed been linked to cancer and hormone disruption. I know that we as a society put toxins together like we’re mixing a cocktail for a party but like all parties with too many concoctions…there is not a good ending.

Sugar. Carbs. Alcohol. Stress. The Environment. Toxins. You love these words and with our economy and what our society is going through I fear that you’ll win. I fear you’ll breed on people buying cheap pesticide laden food. Cancer, you’ll eat up those people decompressing with alcohol and eating fast foods that are full of chemicals. I worry you’ll take advantage of the children who cannot help what they are fed, the chemicals sprayed to clean their homes and clothing. I feel concern that people will just give up and say there is nothing they can do and that they will let you win because there is so much fear, anxiety, confusion and yes unknown about you.

Cancer, I have my worries. I have my fears and yes, you’ve hurt those I’ve known directly or indirectly but Cancer I really hope that the more moms saying no to toxins, the more companies changing… will equal  more people who will tell you where you can shove it and be the winners!! I believe when we pay attention to the dangers of chemicals and plastics,  defy status quo, question pesticides, listen to research not funded by the chemical industry and government, think of how we bathe our children and what we put on our skin and in their mouths…we are on the right path.



Mother, Believer and Fighter

P.S. Read other Green Mom Carnival Posts on this important topic and you’ll know you are being defeated and at WAR.

P.S.S. Groups like  Healthy Child, Environmental Working Group and Moms Rising are working hard to do research, be proactive and educate others on how to defeat you!

Hi, I’m Sommer (@greenmom) and I’ve been calling this my blogging home for 9 years. I’m a juggler of life, a protective mama bear and I enjoy travel, wine, sunshine and good books. I’m passionate about inspiring others to live a little healthier and greener each day. I’m many things but above all I’m a believer in karma and the good in people. I’m a children’s book author, public speaker and consultant. My full-time gig is working as a Marketing Manager for and helping to encourage everyone to eat healthier. Check out my about me page for more details.
  • What a wonderful post! Your closing paragraph says it all:the more we say no to toxin-laden products, the more companies will have to change. We have the power to create a healthier world, and we need to use it.

  • greenandcleanmom

    Thanks Diane. I believe we have the power as well and I'm glad that I can use blogging to help make a difference.

  • thesmartmama

    You go girl.

  • Love you letter. Cancer is evil but it can't take away our power. We have the power to say no to toxic chemicals and to push for reform in the chemical industry.

    Wow, I just noticed that Diane said the same thing. Two great minds think alike.

  • Lynn_Anne_Miller

    Sommer, what a great, creative post! I love your fighting spirit and yes, I agree that as we become more aware and reduce our use of toxic products and clean up our environment, we will really win “teh war” against cancer. Thank you so much for this great contribution to the Green Moms Carnival!

  • tiffanylarson

    What a great letter – I absolutely believe moms have a major impact in the fight against cancer. We are fighters and eventually, we will prevail. Thank you!

  • Wonderful post! Having watched my best friend’s mom die of breast cancer and my husband’s grandpa die of lung cancer I know all to well what cancer does to everyone around the person.

  • I love this post! And I share your hopes. We can't be complacent, we need to fight. I believe that every time I buy handmade toys or organic food or non-toxic cleaning products, I am voting with my dollars, and sharing a message about what kind of world I would like to see. If enough of us make the same choices and statements, the market will surely follow us.

  • aprilcapil

    OMG, Sommer, did you know I just beat breast cancer??? Stage 3A, I was lucky, it was in my lymph nodes but nowhere else. I can't believe you just posted this!

    I had to shut down Fridge Box 🙁 following the bail-out (it's a long story) but am hoping to re-open it in the future.

    My latest endeavor is a book (not about cancer, but about navigating disaster and rebuilding optimism) called RECIPE FOR LEMONADE (What To Do When Life Gives You Lemons) – you can read it for free here:

    I hope you are well honey and if you know anyone who needs advice or support with regard to the Big C… I'm here. 🙂

  • greenandcleanmom

    Thanks Amber! I 100% believe in voting with my dollars!

  • greenandcleanmom

    Oh, no! I am so sorry to hear that April. I've wondered how you have been. I hope you re-open Fridge Box…I loved the idea, concept, store, etc.!!!

    The book sounds great, thanks for the link. I'm glad you left a comment and I hope you are doing better.

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