We've come a long way since Virginia Slims began marketing specifically to women in the '60s by portraying smoking as the epitome of carefree glamour. We are now crystal clear on the cancer risks involved with smoking (and that smoking can affect your DNA for decades after you quit). Warning labels on cartons are impossible to miss.
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Before I was diagnosed with cancer, I was arrogantly healthy. I did yoga religiously, I went to the gym, I walked, I ate only organic food. But cancer doesn't care how often you lift weights or hold the whipped cream.
Sixteen: The age I began receiving unwanted attention from men.
One day, I ventured into center city Philadelphia from my suburban hometown with a high school friend. We were walking around a mall and a man stopped and stared at us. For whatever reason, he chose to make me his target.
"Hello, beautiful," he said.
There's a meme that goes a little something like, "Frizzy hair? Coconut oil. Bad skin? Coconut oil. Bad credit? Coconut oil. BF acting up? Coconut oil." Yes, it would seem that the world went a little coconut oil crazy, convinced that pouring coconut oil over, well, everything, would cure your every woe.
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