Eddy Li, the Academy Award winning video editor for ABC News in Asia, spent almost 40 years chasing the top news stories around the world. Very comfortable behind the camera showing the world breaking news, he felt sucker punched when the attention turned to him and he was diagnosed with cancer.
Li, in his new autobiography “From A Great Escape To A New Awakening – My Journey Through Cancer”, tackled the fight for his life the same way he chased top news stories. He did his homework and began his fight with a vengeance. Growing up in China, but working in the Western world, Li used both traditional and alternative medicine in his battle.
“Prevention and an awareness of environmental toxins are the best defenses against cancer,” says Li, “but if you are faced with cancer, being open to all forms of medicine and treatment is the best way to become a cancer survivor.”
“You have cancer.” Three words no one wants to hear. When Eddy Li heard them it put his life into a tailspin. With 38 years experience chasing the news and keeping others informed, Li now had to direct his energy toward learning all he could about cancer and how to be become a survivor instead of a statistic.
Li shares his personal battle with cancer. Although each person’s journey with cancer is different, Li stresses there is much we can do in our lives to beat cancer and, more importantly, prevent it.
As an editor, Li traveled extensively with his colleagues, chasing after news stories around the clock. With retirement in sight, the sudden diagnosis of cancer radically changed his lifestyle overnight. Today, as a cancer survivor, Li is a retiree who enjoys a healthier and more fulfilling life.
In From A Great Escape To A New Awakening – My Journey Through Cancer he shares:
• The dangers of working ourselves – literally – to death
• Environmental impacts on our health
• Toxins in our everyday life including the water we drink and how we cook our food
• A cancer diagnosis – what it means, how to fight it and preventing a recurrence
• Integrating the best of Eastern and Western medical practices
• Prevention is still the best line of defense
“I was one of the lucky ones,” says Li, “I am a cancer survivor, but the biggest lesson I’ve learned through my journey is a good life cannot be defined without good health. And good health cannot be bought by good wealth. Life, after all, is not about money and stature.”