Julie shared some inspiring words, a letter on her life-story and the ways in which cancer has affected her life. Read the story below, and get involved by signing up for Kickin' Cancer via team Burn!
Seriously --- I lost both my parents to cancer at an early age. My Mom had ovarian cancer and my Dad had throat cancer. And watching the ones you love suffer and deteriorate is heart wrenching.
Prior to them getting ill, I had a booming career in fashion but had to step away to care for my sick parents. In that time I reevaluated my life and career and decided I wanted to focus on health and wellness --- for myself and others. I had a new calling from fashion to a career in fitness. I became passionate about learning everything I could about fitness, nutrition and how to fight disease.
I myself went through all the 28 gene testing to better understand if I'm at risk --- luckily I am not but I still engage in fueling my body on every level to be sure I stay my healthiest self. Because genes aren’t the only way cancer can creep up --- lifestyle is also a big factor.
I discovered that there is substantial evidence that higher levels of physical activity are linked to lower risks of several cancers --- go workout!
In addition, there are many foods that help lower the risk of cancer --- leafy, green vegetables are one --- eat healthy!
Lastly, lowering stress levels and having a positive mindset is crucial to our physical health as well as our mental health --- find happiness!
For the last 6 years I have been the fitness ambassador to THE LYNNE COHEN FOUNDATION and I kick off their 5K race in Brentwood on Oct. 1st at 9AM. It’s a great nonprofit that is committed to raising awareness and contributing life-saving knowledge to our community.
It’s been well over 20 years and I miss my parents everyday --- my hope is to help as many as possible live a healthy, happy, and cancer free life.
Thank you for letting me share my story and if I can ever answer any questions regarding health and wellness it would be my pleasure. If I can ever answer any questions regarding health and wellness, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.