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Pink Up: Support system is crucial

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Someone you know has probably had, or will get breast cancer.

It's a blunt reality: 1 in 8 women.

A local cancer survivor said it's people like you, the friends and family, that are vital to beating cancer.

For Kim Bunger, phone calls weren't bringing good news.

In April 2013, Bunger got a call that her best friend's dad passed away from cancer.

"Then I get a phone call an hour later saying Kim you have breast cancer, don't worry its going to be all right," said Bunger.

But for a scared Bunger, her call of strength didn't come from the phone, it came from the Bible.

She kept opening to the same passage, "For my angel is with you and he is watching over your lives."

Bunger quickly realized those angels were all around her.

"She's leaned on me, I've leaned on her a little bit," said Rob Bunger, Kim's husband of 25 years.

He said the cancer has taught them to accept help, and lean on others.

"We leaned on friends a little bit more and we found out who true friends were," said Rob Bunger.

"The support of my friends, and the support of our family, those were key for me," said Kim Bunger.

From calls of support, to daily cards, Bunger said she felt like she had a great team around her.

"Origami the kids made, I have a card from a friend who sent things every day," said Kim Bunger.

Her kids helped around the house, and worked to get along.

"I guess I've learned to kind of just roll with it be open to it," said her 15-year-old son Cody Bunger.

"I think it's brought us a lot closer together,” said her 10-year-old son Colby Bunger. “Because we all rely on each other."

Colby Bunger may explain it best.

"What happens is like if you have trouble, the other person can help you," said Colby Bunger.

Bunger said a support system is everything, but said sometimes it can even be found in a stranger with a kind word, smile or gesture.

"We never know what somebody is going through, I don't know what's happening in your life, you don't know what's happening in my life, someone could have just been diagnosed with cancer and you don't even know it," said Kim Bunger.

Now, cancer free, Bunger said she's actually thankful for the disease because she's been able to meet so many great angels through the process.

Kim also wants people to know that she feels changing her nutrition and diet really has helped.

She said foods like broccoli, pomegranate, and green tea can help fight cancer.

She chose to juice as well to help kick start her healthy life style.

Here is a list of books she read to research her nutrition:

  • "Waking The Warrior Goddess" by Christine Horner, MD F.A.C.S
  • "Beating Cancer with Nutrition" by Patrick Quillin, Ph.D, RD, CNS
  • "Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips" by Kris Carr - forward by Sheryl Crow
  • "Crazy Sexy Cancer Eat your Veggies, Ignite your Spark and Live Like you Meant it! Diet" by Kris Carr
  • "Anti Cancer A New Way of Life" by David Servan-Schreiber MD, PhD
  • "Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen - The Girlfriends cookbook and Guide to using Real Food to Fight Cancer" by Annette Ramke and Kendall Scott
  • "The Cancer Fighting Kitchen" by Rebecca Katz
  • "The pH Miracle Balance Your Diet and Reclaim Your Health" by Robert Young and Shelley Young

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