5 years ago today (January 31, 2006) I was sitting in the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital with family and our pastor while Amy went through over 7.5 hours of surgery to do everything possible to rid her body of breast cancer. I still thank GOD for every day he gives us together. I love you, Amy Wasson!
As I sat looking at photos from that time and recalling what we experienced 5 years ago, what strikes me is how strong God made us when we were going through something that I would not wish on anyone.
You're given strength that you have never known, brave and at the same time terrified, strong but broken, confident but unsure, loved and surrounded but feel so alone.
Do yourself one favor and pray that you never find out how strong you are, fighting cancer (whether it is you or someone you wish you could fight it for) will show you just how weak and how strong you are, for you can't know how strong you are until you are broken.
I don't know why some are cured and some are not, why some have recurrence and others don't. It has nothing to do with who deserves it because when you get down to it, either we all deserve it or none of us does - “for all have fallen short”.
Amy Wasson, you continue to inspire me with your strength, courage, and love.
God, I thank you for Amy Wasson.
My response is to a inquiry about a specific supplement but, as you will read, it is pretty much my position regarding supplements in general. Thanks for the great question, Kari.
I am not much of a fan of supplements especially any that are man-made. I am a strong proponent of whole foods with no or as little processing as possible.
I must admit that I do not know much at all about “C4 Extreme” and have never used it. Based on its use of Creatine and then “fusing” that to Nitrate, in my opinion you are simply throwing things in that do not have positive long-term benefits.
Everyone should keep in mind that the supplement industry is void of almost any level of regulation and as such it should NEVER be assumed that any particular supplement is safe or does what it claims. Read the disclaimers: that is how they stay in business and out of prison.
And even when they are able to do what they claim, they are regularly processed in facilities that also process many other products and there is no regulation to ensure that there is no contamination.
A good diet and good rest will provide you with what you need to get in a great workout without putting undue stress on your body. There is no magic bullet to a great workout. In fact, some supplements may tax your body because of inappropriate levels of nutrients that need to be cleared out.
Most of the people that take these supplements would actually get the same or better benefits by simply drinking 1 oz of water (please, not all from plastic water bottles) for every 2 pounds of body weight and avoiding caffeine. This amount of water is, for most people, enough to keep their bodies clear of build-ups that cause muscle pain and soreness. Proper hydration also allows you to workout more consistently with higher intensity.