Fall is my favorite time of year when the maple leaves begin to turn red, orange and yellow. But when I drive through parts of Orlando, another color covers the ground.

A war which has dominated society is recognized.  octleaves

The war on breast cancer.

Pink has taken over October.

Many have been on this journey or know someone close who has been touched. One in eight women will be affected this year alone, and male breast cancer in African Americans is on the rise.  

I remember watching a 1989 film starring Steve Martin entitled “Parenthood” and in it, a scene where the word “cancer” was whispered at the dinner table as if it were a death sentence.
Today, cancer has been labeled a chronic disease. With research and knowledge, people are surviving and living longer with this diagnosis, yet no cure has been found.

God led me to a career where cancer is all around me and stirred in me a desire to bring compassion and encouragement to those going through, perhaps, one of the scariest times of their lives.

Yet, there was once a perfect place God created, the Garden of Eden. In it, His plans were for order, peace and perfect health. We see in Genesis 3:17, man fell, sin entered the world and God cursed our ground.  Cancer is not God’s punishment, but a product of our fallen world.

Backed up by evidence-based science, the American Institute of Cancer Research reports 50% of ALL cancers can be prevented through our lifestyle choices.

Dr. David Katz terms the prevention strategy as “Feet, Forks and Fingers.” Don’t smoke, eat whole, mostly plant food, and move.

It sounds counter-cultural when our lives force us to sit at a computer most of the day. Life’s stressors or social situations find us reaching for a cigarette or a drink. And we’ve been believing a lie that it takes too much time and expense to eat real, clean, home cooked food.

Not only are we to take care of our bodies, we need to take care of our souls. 

Did you know we are not to live as the world lives? God calls us aliens!

1 Peter 2:11”Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.”

Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Proverbs 14:30 “A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.”

“Dear friend, I pray that you are doing well in every way and that you are healthy, soulleavesjust as your soul is healthy.” 3 John 1:2

 Recommended Resources: 

American Institute for Cancer Research www.aicr.org

Culinary RX, Plant-Based Cooking class www.rouxbe.com

Quit Smoking www.ahectobacco.com

Nicole Santapola

About Nicole Santapola

Nicole Santapola began her relationship with Christ after 30 years of religion being a mainstay in her upbringing. Experiencing a divorce, Nicole found herself a single woman leaning on God's promises and learning both His faithfulness and love. She calls Discovery Church home. She began attending in 2002 and through bible studies, women's events, and restoration counseling, she was baptized at East Campus in 2006. Nicole has a passion to share God's love and encouragement to others particularly in the area of health and wellness. She has followed holistic health and nutrition and through education and cooking classes, she teaches and shares this with others. She loves to cook and bake mostly plant-based dishes in her home and visit local vegetarian establishments. Her walk began with Romans 12:2, "Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind".

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