Don’t Let Your Body Give Up on You
Written By: Kym Stylz and Dorothy Enriquez McBride
When life breaks will we still have vision? As we face adversity can we maintain a sense of buoyancy? Or will we carry all that we’ve been through on our faces? Will it weigh heavily on how we approach life—the pursuit of passion?
Overcome. More people do it than you may think and science can prove it. People are overcoming life’s challenges every day. And the saying, ‘You never know what someone is going through’ is the gospel truth.
Let’s meet one DOTnista who did not yield to life challenges but instead adopted a growth mindset to guide herself back to wellness in health and business.
Kym Stylz of the KymCouture Kollection is not your average woman, your usual designer or your run of the mill mompreneur. Parenting two young daughters & pursuing entrepreneurship is no easy feat. When she started KymCoututre Kollection, it was like her baby. Running a business comes with seen and unseen obstacles.
Obstacles allow us to demonstrate our resilience and bounce back skills. As a designer, the client might not know what they want, which can delay the process. Clients might be late on a payment or even neglect to make a final payment. These are challenges we can foresee. The one challenge in business many of us rarely plan for: Cancer.
Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. But over the last 40 years, the cervical cancer death rate has gone down by more than 50%. The main reason for this change was the increased use of the Pap test. This screening procedure can find changes in the cervix before cancer develops. It can also find cervical cancer early − in its most curable stage.
After Stylz received the diagnosis, she was compelled to transform her diet and lifestyle to survive. She was unwavering about using non-conventional medicine and treatment methods to cause remission. Seemingly it was successful and left the conventional doctors scratching their heads. Like the design thinking she leveraged to fight cancer creatively, she has also did the same with her business KymCouture Kollection to re-invigorate the brand, energize her consumer base and attest she is here to stay.
It took a leap of faith to go the unconventional route for health and entrepreneurship. It requires commitment. Especially when you know your two daughters at home are witnesses your journey your spirit’s ability to overcome and be victorious when your body is telling you the battle could be lost.
Preventing cancer is one thing. A well-proven way to prevent cervical cancer is to have testing (screening) to find pre-cancers before they can turn into invasive cancer. The Pap test (or Pap smear) and the HPV (human papilloma virus) test are used for this. If a pre-cancer is found, it can be treated, stopping cervical cancer before it really starts. Most invasive cervical cancers are found in women who have not had regular Pap tests.
We can also be diligent in reducing our risk by avoiding high amounts of protein and red meat. Researchers have recognized one of the body’s main defenses against the proliferation of malignant cells is pancreatin — a combination of protein digesting enzymes made by the pancreas. When an overabundance of protein is consumed, these enzymes are diverted from their important task of keeping cancerous cells in check. For optimum protection, it’s recommended that at least 12 hours each day should be protein-free.
Prevention is one side of the coin. Surviving is the other. It takes grit, a spirit of resilience + some spiritual toughness. About 4,210 women will die from cervical cancer. Stylz did not view her diagnosis as a death sentence even with the odds. She re-framed her circumstances as an opportunity to defy the curve ball life threw her way. She leaned in.
The fight to survive caused her to be more open-minded and try treatment methods offered by alternative medicine. Stylz recalls the unsupportive reaction of her conventional physician. She had made a choice to guide her own body back to wellness. And today she can testify to her own health and wellness.
Cervical cancer does not cause many early symptoms; therefore, early detection is key. If you are sexually active or over the age of 21, you should begin getting regular Pap tests. If you have been diagnosed with cervical cancer; you have options. Many of them are natural remedies that have been identified and are effective for supporting medical treatment as well as remedying the condition independently.
While Stylz’s story isn’t rare, it is an opportunity for us to begin the dialogue. Others with similar stories helped her find the courage to take life into her own hands and beat the odds. Stylz wants women to treat their health with the same concern they would treat their business. It’s important to understand how stress can affect your health, which can affect your livelihood and personal life.
Balance is key to keep thriving in this society. You will meet many obstacles along the journey but you must meet them with optimism and confidence. Remind yourself that nothing worth having comes easy.
If you’re going through a valley or a difficulty in life or your business, have the audacity to be courageous in the face the adversity life has thrown your way. This will be your opportunity to see what your made of and meet the real you.