Like many cancer patients, Kathleen also experienced a stranglehold of guilt. Was it something she did or didn't do that fed the tumor? Was it the meat in our diet? Our water? The air? Her genes? I assured her that we couldn't be at fault. We had banned soda pop and anything with high-fructose corn syrup from our house more than a decade before. We tried to eat organic food, we were transitioning to more vegetarian fare, and she did yoga and took regular walks. We didn't even have cable.
establishes Kathleen led a wholesome healthy lifestyle by eating unprocessed foods, choosing vegetarian fare, and exercising regularly. The last sentence though seems to be a bit of joke until one considers that the evidence being provided in the second paragraph is evidence that Kathleen lives a virtuous life, not just a healthy one. ... sing cosmetics is a kind of vice comparable to eating HFCS and watching ESPN. As a lifelong habit, Kathleen's cosmetic usage provides the author a pathway to find personal accountability for her developing cancer.
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