Roughly ten years ago, Kris Carr was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She was told her condition was slow-moving but inoperable, and the best she could do was make peace with the world and enjoy what little time she had left.
A young actress with a party-hard lifestyle at the time, Carr channeled all her energy into figuring out how to make herself well, and now describers herself as a “cancer thriver,” rather than a cancer survivor. Thanks to the changes she made, she feels healthier now than she did before her diagnosis. Her blood work is stable, and as far as her doctors can tell, she and her cancer have reached a detente. Wowza!
“This whiskey tango foxtrot moment (that’s military lingo for WTF?!) sparked a deep desire in me to stop holding back and start living like I mean it!” Carr wrote on her website. “I wanted to feel better, love harder and enjoy my life more fully. So I hit the road on a deep healing pilgrimage and have never looked back. Nearly ten years later, my life is truly, madly magical–even with cancer. If I can pull that off, just imagine what YOU can do!”
I’m moderately addicted to healthy lifestyle books like Skinny Bitch and The Beauty Detox Solution, and everyone raves about Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet (named after her Crazy Sexy Cancer documentary). It — as well as her cookbook, Crazy Sexy Kitchen — boast must-read reviews from everyone from Whole Foods founder John Mackey to celebs like Kerry Washington.
So what’s at the heart of what seemingly stopped Carr’s cancer in its tracks? What transformed her from a desperate cancer patient to someone who “glows,” according to those who know her?