The doctor cleared his throat. "I'm sorry, but I have bad news." He paused, then looked at my father. "You have cancer." In high school my dad had been an athlete, an All-American football player. Now he was sick. Very, very sick. He had difficulty breathing and was on oxygen. For eight years he needed a machine to help him breathe. No longer able to work, my father STRUGGLED to do the things you and I take for granted, such as getting out of a chair or going to the bathroom. (What FRUSTRATED him the most was not being able to play with his grandchildren.) Eventually, he could not make it up the stairs to his bedroom, so he slept downstairs on the den couch. Before too long, the couch was replaced with a hospital bed. (A Hospice nurse was there now too.) One afternoon Mom was in the kitchen. All of a sudden, she heard Dad GASPING for air. She ran into the den and saw him STARING at the ceiling. She yelled, "Breathe, Paul! BREATHE!
Did you know at two months of age, your body has all the cells it will ever get, somewhere around one hundred trillion of them? For the rest of your life, your body will not produce any additional cells, only replace the old cells. Your cells are constantly in the process of dying and being replaced, at the rate of three hundred million per minute. Every four weeks, your entire outer layer of skin is replaced. Every two months, practically every cell in your heart muscle is rebuilt. Within two to three years, your entire bone structure is replaced. So every two to three years, every cell in your body is replaced with a new cell. In other words, you'll have a totally new body. The question is, what kind of body will it be? Will your new body be weaker or stronger than the one you have today? It's up to you. Because as your old cells die and are replaced, your new cells depend totally upon the building materials you provide it - the foods you eat, the liquids y