Grammy (Sandy) Jones was such a great role model for so many people. She loved her family very much. She and I had a very special bond. One that I will never forget. There was this period of time in my life when my health was steadily improving but I watched as her health steadily declined. You see, she was diagnosed with lung cancer while I was in my late 20’s. She fought cancer hard, and the doctors said she ‘won’. Her cancer was in remission.
Unfortunately, the cancer and treatment of cancer affected her so much she lost the use of one of her lungs. Physically and emotionally, she was never quite the same after that. One thing that never did change was her love and passion about her family and that is something I will always remember. In the years following the remission of her cancer, she was in and out of the hospital for various reasons. Her ability to walk slowly started to go away.
Her memory also began to fade and she started developing tremors. She was eventually diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. She barely even started her new Parkinson’s medication when she was taken to the hospital in severe pain and diagnosed with a Low Grade B-cell Lymphoma. Shortly after, she passed away in hospice care. I don’t tell this story to sadden you. Her passing was very tough on me, but her health story is all too common in the United States and around the world.
When I started Go Plant Based, a lot of my inspiration was pulled from Grammy. I was able to witness what the Standard American Diet (SAD), in combination with a history of smoking, could do to someone. I was motivated to show people how easy and healthy it is to eat a Plant Based Diet comprised of primarily raw fruits and vegetables. But with her passing, I made a pledge to myself to never give up and I declared war against cancer and heart disease, the top killers of Americans today.
I knew I couldn’t win this war alone and would need your help. Thus, Sandy’s Army was born. A devoted group of people committed to improving their own health and the health of others. A group of people who are empowered with the gift of nutritional knowledge they can use to defend themselves against cancer, heart disease, and other dietary related diseases.
I made a pledge to myself to never give up this fight and now I ask YOU to make a pledge. Promise me you will never give up this fight. Join Sandy’s Army by making your pledge to my Patreon account and by giving me your support, you are inspiring me to never give up, to continue to inspire people to eat a whole food Plant Based Diet, knowing that we will improve our world, one healthy person at a time. It all starts with you, make your pledge today.