What if I ate too many Mentos?!

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What if I ate too many Mentos?!

Written July 5, 2013 1:31am

I had a totally random memory hit me while checking out at the Family Dollar yesterday. I happened to notice a pack of Mentos gum, which reminded me of an encounter I had when hanging out at Knott's Berry Farm when I was a teenager. I remember this encounter really bothering me, but I couldn't really say why at the time. We had just gotten off the Log Ride and were walking through the area that had different carnival games. I can't recall why we stopped at this particular game, but we started talking with the guy running it. I was eating a pack of strawberry Mentos. They weren't popular yet but my mom always got them for me when she stopped at the Dutch bakery. This guy was talking with my friends when he stopped mid-sentence and shrieked at me..."Oh my GOD, don't eat those. They give you cancer!" I remember laughing it off, but it bothered me. I wasn't sure why, but looking at it now... maybe it was a premonition of what was to come.

The hardest part of this whole cancer BS surprisingly hasn't been the thought of dying. Don't get me wrong, that was my IMMEDIATE thought. I entertained it for all of 5 minutes and moved on. The hardest part is not playing the game of "What if???". What if I had gone in sooner? What if I hadn't gone in at all? The mind is a dangerous thing - .especially late at night when one thought starts snowballing into another.

I realize now that the sole purpose of that encounter at Knotts Berry Farm years ago was for me to have that now so that I can put everything into perspective. Do I have breast cancer now due to a pretty wicked strawberry Mentos habit I had back in high school? Probably not. I cannot change what I already did or didn't do. Leave it and focus on what I can control. It is what it is. Don't waste energy on the what ifs.

Hope everyone had a Happy 4th! :)


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