The World Health Organization reported last week that Diesel engine fumes may cause cancer—the latest educated guess at what kills over 7.5 million people each year. While I've always paid attention to findings such as this one, these days I have even more reason to.
Last fall, my husband, Jonathan, was a healthy 28-year-old man who seemingly had heartburn from the stress of a new baby. He ran half-marathons, played basketball twice weekly, and ate appropriate portions of locally grown produce, whole grains, lean meats, and fish.
To say we were shocked by Jonathan's cancer diagnosis would be, to put it lightly, an understatement. Turns out, the heartburn was rather a mass in his lower neck and upper chest.
When something like cancer happens, onlookers want answers. "How could this happen to you? You're so young and healthy," they said. The question is one that at times we couldn't help asking ourselves.
At Jonathan's first doctor's appointment his surgeon casually mentioned the high ...1