October 26, 2011
By, Alice G. Walton
Kris Carr, the crazy sexy “wellness warrior,” has been in her battle with a rare form of liver and lung cancer for the last eight years – but it’s not so much a battle as a peaceable coexistence. Learning that her cancer, a stage IV epithelioid hemangioendothelioma that speckled her organs with lesions, was inoperable yet relatively dormant, she set out to learn all she could about how to keep it that way. This, she says, transformed her overall health – and her life – in unimaginable ways. Packing her body with nutrient-dense foods, de-stressing, getting active, and perhaps most importantly, laughing and loving life are her mantras.
Carr has made a second career out of educating herself and the public about what healthy actually means. She has literally traveled the world to share with others what she’s learned on her own journey, speaking at medical schools and hospitals, gracing Oprah’s stage, and sharing green juice drinks with Dr. Oz. She is also the best-selling author of Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips and Crazy Sexy Diet, and the creator-director of her own documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer.
Kris spoke to me (even over the phone her indomitable spirit was totally palpable) about what healthy means, what her cancer taught her, and her opinion of the state of medicine today. Here’s what she shared.