Its been 18 years since my dad has been passed away. He had a cancer that has a survival rate of 5% and is typically caught in stage 4. When they diagnosed him in May of pancreatic caner he passed just a few short months later in July. It was a total shock to the entire family. He was in his mid-40's, but lived a rough life full of poor decisions and bad choices. His health was never at the top of his priority list. I'm really not sure if that was the reason for his cancer, but I know it is a good chance it could of been!
People ask me all the time how do I stay motivated to workout and eat healthy. I tell them when you see someone you are close to suffer from disease and illness you begin to think a bit differently on what you want your life to look like. My dad's pancreatic cancer did that for me. It became a big driving force in why I cared about taking care of myself so much. I feared dying and never seeing my kids grow up. I feared not living my life to the fullest everyday. Life lessons are given to us in many forms. Sometimes those forms are from hurt and pain.
I continue to live a healthy lifestyle for many reasons. I won't list them all, but instead highlight this one reason. I do it because I want to live long! I don't do it for vain reasons, I do it because at the end of the day I want to say I did everything I could to prevent dying at a young age. I want to live a life with little to no regret and I want to see my kids grow old and have children of their own. My dad never met my kids and for that I feel sad, but empowered to do my best to not make that my fate