OUR MISSION: To inspire others to make small conscientious choices in leading a healthier and more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.
I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend and I am also a breast cancer survivor. Individually these things do not define me, but together they make me who I am today.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, my first thoughts were about my 2 boys. Would I be around to watch them grow? I found the strength through family and friends to get through my treatments and consider myself blessed to be here today. While I had no control over my diagnosis, I could control other things in my life and in my family’s life to try and prevent disease and keep my family healthy.
Changing the meals I was preparing for my family was a step in the right direction but I am constantly finding other ways to improve our lifestyle and love sharing these ways with others. I want Everyday Road to Healthy to be a place another mom, wife, sister, friend, SURVIVOR, can go to look for ways to make small changes, small changes that make us feel like we’re in control of our health, life, future.
When I became a parent, I thought nothing would change my life more than becoming a mom. For a while, I’ll admit… I thought I had it all figured out.
Then unexpectedly in 2010, my oldest son, Owen was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, Osteosarcoma. That moment changed everything. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out why… if you had pointed to Owen and said he would get cancer, I would have told you that you were nuts. There was just no way a healthy active teenage would get cancer. But he did.
So, I started reading and reviewing everything I could get my hands on. For now, there is no known cause of Osteosarcoma but there are researchers, scientists, and doctors studying it and many other childhood cancers. My charity, WestRash Charities raises tens of thousands of dollars annually for Pediatric Cancer Research and Make It Better Missions (wishes) for kids with cancer.
In my researching, common themes kept appearing on ways to eat, ways to clean, ways to be more environmentally friendly…
Themes that if I tried to do them all in one day would probably have overwhelmed me. However if I made one small change and then another… over time all those small changes would lead to something much bigger and hopefully in turn a healthier, more eco-friendly version of myself and in turn my family.
Owen passed away in 2012 his journey can be found here.