Looking Back, Living a Successful Sunality

June is a month of celebration and change in our family: 11 years ago I met the love of my life, 5 years ago we sold the family business, 4 years ago I was diagnosed with cancer, 3 years ago we had our second son.  We celebrate two birthdays (a big 40th milestone for the hubby this year) and Father’s Day.

I sometimes hold my breath when we enter the month of June.  Will it bring blessings or challenges?  Will the winds of change blow in our favor this year?  Maybe this is why July 4th is my favorite holiday.

This year I have received another “all clear” from the oncologist, including a clean brain MRI. Looking back at how life changed for us in 2010 I am thrilled to know that if I continue living a successful Sunality, I am going to be looking forward for many years to come.

Here is how I changed my life in 2010 to create my new Sunality:

1. I stayed active but added yoga for centering and healing.

2. I stepped up my game with sunscreen.  Going from a 15 spf to a 50 or higher.  I also added UPF clothing products, sunglasses and hats.

3. I learned to embrace the pale and avoid tanning (unless it is sprayed on).  I remember when my dermatologist congratulated me for getting my face color back to the same color as my scalp.

4. I changed my diet and in-turn changed my whole family’s diet.  We now juice on a regular basis and the whole family gets involved.  I cook more nights than not.  We eat as much organic as possible and avoid chemicals when possible.  All of our meals contain super foods and are heavy fruits & veggies and light on the meat.  I have also dramatically cut back my sugar intake, basically removing all sugar except the occasional treat and glass (or 2) of wine.

5. I have added supplements including Vitamin D and Vitamin B.  Multi vitamins didn’t work for me, so I found what I was low on and added them to my morning routine.  Your oncologist or general physician can help you with this by doing a basic blood panel.

6. I slowed down.  I decided living was my #1 priority.  To me that meant time with the kids, more laughing, less worrying.  I “spring cleaned” the extras that caused me angst, wether it was people, work or extra curricular activities.  I read more, breath more, smile more and bitch less (my husband might challenge this one…).  When I feel myself over committing, I remind myself what happened when I forgot to take care of me.

It all comes down to setting your immune system up for success: healthy diet, active lifestyle, less stress, more sleep.  All of these add up to more happiness and a longer life, you just have to make the choice.

I didn’t do this all at once.  It was little by little.  The diet has improved dramatically, but bit by bit over the years.  I didn’t just go cold turkey, and anyone who knows me will tell you I still have my vices. The one thing that I did immediately change and will never give up is my yoga.

I’ll never forget when my oncologist handed me the “prescription for survival” and it said:

1. 1 hour of activity a day

2. 5 fruits and vegetables a day

3. Yoga or Tai Chi

I truly believe in the power of yoga to heal.  Pick up the habit today and let me know if you agree! Armed with these changes to my lifestyle, I have created an new and empowered Sunality which will keep me healthy for years to come.


Author: sunality

I am a mother of two and survivor of a very scary malignant melanoma diagnosis. I was diagnosed in my early thirties. Since that day, I have been working to change my lifestyle and incorporate sun blocking effective products into my daily life to create a new reality of living in the sun... my "sunality." I want to pass along this information to others who are facing the same lifestyle changes and challenges. You can still live a normal life and protect yourself from the deadly effects of the sun.

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  1. Great post Anne! Congratulations on doing all the things we all hope to do and never get around to…

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