Once upon a time, when I was still into acting, I needed headshots. I ended up in the home of photographer and actress, Kris Carr, and we hit it off. Had a great time, best headshots I ever had done, and I was on my way.
Went on with my life, and my lovely day with Kris faded into the background.
Then one day, I had a random free hour, and I found myself wandering around the Borders bookstore by Wall Street. I was walking up some stairs and I saw a picture of her on the front of a film called “Crazy Sexy Cancer”. Say what? Before I could really register any full thoughts in my head I picked it up. Sure enough, since our last visit, she had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. And, sure enough, she had grabbed it by it’s you know whats and made a film about her experience! The film was produced in 2007. Ever heard of it?
You have probably heard me talk about the Everything is Energy radio show as well. I love it! Well, I just heard Kris speak on the show, and I was inspired and moved by what she and the hosts of the show had to say.
The title of this blog post, if you haven’t already guessed, is from her website www.crazysexycancer.com. And it is so soo true. A carpe diem of sorts. So here’s what she had to say:
When she was first diagnosed, she was running around NYC living life, having a grand ole’ time. Not getting enough sleep, partying with friends, pushing pushing pushing, having a power bar and coffee for breakfast, generally not living a completely healthy lifestyle, but not anything we would consider too unhealthy. Right?
She said there were signs that things were off. Just little bitty signs at first. The hosts of the Everything is Energy radio show have this ongoing theme that comes up where you get little hints from the Universe that you’re not on your path. First it feels like a feather, then a sort of bump on the head, and finally accelerates til it hits you like a Mack Truck. So, this cancer, for Kris, was the Mack Truck.
She talks about how she certainly doesn’t know everything, and how some days are better than others. She has crying days, Super Energetic days, and then there are the days when she allows herself to sleep in. When she was hit by the metaphorical Mack Truck, the thing that changed immediately was her view on her life. She decided to live, to learn about healthy foods, healthy lifestyles and she even wrote a book about it. Her tumors have decreased miraculously in size. The main thing here is that she learned to listen to herself. When her body tells her to rest, she rests. When she needs to cry, she allows the release. How many of us just push on through? She has become more in tune with herSelf, and I think that is the key here.
She says repeatedly that she does not have the ‘Answer’ to everything. She just shares her way, and hopes that it can help others. She also has made it clear that her plight is not just about surviving cancer, but about LIVING YOUR LIFE!!! Her question to you, and mine as well, is what will it take for you to give yourSelf permission to LIVE?
She has an idea, which she says on the recording. It is a ‘Cancer for a Day’ program. If you woke up and found out that you had Cancer and had a few months to a few years to live, what would you change? Ok, well then CHANGE IT NOW! Don’t wait for someone to tell you that you are dying! Live the way you want to live. If you don’t know how to do it, just take the first step!
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
If you would like to hear the recording go to www.everythingisenergy.com. They have free podcasts on itunes.
Back to my question, and Kris’. What would you change about your life if you woke up and found out you had cancer?
Here’s to Your Health!
Your Wellness Coach,