He added: “There are always things you can work on and improve, especially when it comes to your health.” One of the things people can improve on, she believes, is managing their stress levels and “recognizing that stress affects a lot of things that affect your health.”
“I discovered that my immune system reacts poorly to stress. I have to be mindful and say, ‘I’m not going to get stressed or I’m going to get sick,'” Drescher said. “When I feel stressed, I force myself to lie down and decompress. Or I take a walk in the fresh air and appreciate the trees.”
Drescher says that letting stress take over isn’t good for her health and “you can’t cook it away” and she has to find ways to get out of that headspace.
“As you age, it’s important to strive for optimal health. You have to respect your body and really listen to it,” she told the outlet. “Your body works hard and you have to respect it. You can do that by listening. “If you think something is going on, pay attention so you can get to the root of the problem and make the necessary changes. We all deserve to live long, healthy lives.”
Drescher was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2000 and has been cancer-free ever since, following a hysterectomy. Although her story ended on a positive note, Drescher explains that if she hadn’t been more vigilant about protecting her health, it could have gone a different way.
“Most experts share the philosophy that if you hear a horse running, don’t look for a zebra because it’s probably a horse,” he said. “If you’re a zebra like me, you can slip through the cracks. I went to seven different second opinions before being diagnosed with cancer. I felt it in my gut and continued to be careful to understand what was happening with my health.
Although it took longer than he expected to get a diagnosis that made sense to him, Drescher’s cancer was still in Stage 1 and had not yet spread. Drescher explained that she had “had cancer for at least two years,” saying, “By the grace of God, there was a bigger plan for me, and my cancer was slowly growing.”
After her experience in the health care system, Drescher founded Cancer Schmancer, an organization that helps women learn to stay healthy by educating them about the importance of early diagnosis, self-advocacy, and policy change. started
“I’m a bit of a control freak. “I’ll try a doctor a few times, and if I feel it’s not right, I’ll find someone else,” she said of the importance of self-advocacy. “It’s important to take responsibility. It’s your life and no one else cares about it as much as you do. So you have to do what’s right for you and what makes you feel good.”
Drescher discussed her struggle through the diagnostic process and treatment after she was correctly diagnosed in her 2002 memoir Cancer Schmancer.