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Farrah’s Story: Her Gift to Us and What It Means

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I watched Farrah’s Story, knowing full well it would make me sad, and it certainly did do that, but it also was so much more than just another sad celebrity story. It was Farrah’s gift to us – to her generation of Baby Boomer men and women. It was her way of giving us a Paul Harvey-esque “end of the story.” We are left with a wake-up call – the reality that if it can happen to Farrah, it can happen to any of us. It’s also given us an opportunity to give something back to Farrah, a chance to collectively hope she will find a miracle to regain her health.

I am one of the millions of women who has suffered the ugliness and devastation of cancer. Luckily, I’m most happy to say that so far I’ve won that war, but I still wrestle with the fear of those renegade “terrorist” cancer cells returning. Although ever vigilant, my present life situation makes it much harder to fight for my health than it should be. However, this is where Farrah’s Story will make a difference in my life. It has given me a new perspective of my own struggles, (and how small they really are) and that in itself will help me get through them much more easily.

Farrah showed us what cancer has done to her. She humbly shared her story with us – the women of her generation, her fellow Baby Boomers (and the newly named, GenJones). We should all look back and remember just how much we were touched by Farrah Fawcett when we were young. Now it’s our turn to touch her and take on her cause. Let us say to Farrah that we will continue her fight against cancer, and find a way to de-politicize it!

I’ve studied and used alternative medicine therapies for over 25 years (and written a book about my experiences and beliefs, Healthy Aging & Ageless Beauty, which has been reviewed). Unfortunately, I’ve always known our health care system is based on sickness, rather than wellness. It’s an outrage that many complimentary healthcare options are kept from us in America, and as we saw in Farrah’s Story, her last word was, “why?”

For Farrah (and especially ourselves) we must rethink our own health and wellness strategies, and then get off our butts and execute our plans:

1. De-Stress
I’ve been allowing stress to suck the life out of me. How about you, especially in these difficult economic times? Is stress taking its toll on you and your families? If so, we must not let stress win. Stress causes our health to be compromised, and we can no longer afford to let that happen.

2. Stop and Think
Re-evaluate your life and your current state of health. I’m saying re-evaluate because we really need to take a moment out of our busy lives to think about ourselves; if not for ourselves, then at least for Farrah’s sake. We must honestly evaluate how we are promoting health and wellness in our lives. Then, we must create the best preventative health and wellness plan we can afford.

3. Network
Use our networks to share and encourage health and wellness among our friends. Let’s also begin a grass roots effort to de-politicize cancer. Let’s make health and wellness a part of sharing and caring in our social networks for Farrah.

Thank you, Farrah, for your life. We all wanted to be beautiful like you were when we were young, and now, today, we want to be beautiful like you are, as we’re growing older.

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  • Christine Lakatos

    Great article, Alie! On a light note: I remember when I was in high school (78′-80′), and even had the Farrah Fawcett hair-cut, just like every other girl. LOL On a more somber thought, it is truly sad what she is going through and my heart goes out for her, however, I am not quite ready to watch Farrah’s documentary––but I will. Cancer is extremely devastating, and I am glad you are a survivor—I hope and pray Farrah is one too. Keep up the “cause” and we will all be healthier for it!

  • To make our self healthy so its good to discuss about health. Great article, Alie. Cancer is extremely devastating, and I am glad you are a survivor.

  • Thank you for your comments. There’s always a somethings that sparks a new conversation. Farah’s gone now, but we must keep talking.

  • The views of reasonable people will matter much more to the fate of health reform than the protesters would lead you to think. Alie. Cancer is extremely devastating, and I am glad you are a survivor.