December 19, 2011
Rick Reifenberg’s life was perfect. Then cancer struck. He says physical and mental fortitude helped him survive.
In August 2010, everything in my life seemed to be going great. Life was good. So good, it was frighteningly close to perfect. I had just celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary, and my wife and I were raising our 10-year-old daughter together and sharing the joys and challenges of being parents. Professionally, I was just starting my 11th year at what I felt was my dream job: working as a primary-care physician in a community health center.
My own health had been excellent. As a lifelong exercise fanatic, I had been strictly adhering to a CrossFit-based regime of working out and following a combined Paleo-Zone-type diet based on maximizing lean protein, fruits and vegetables while limiting processed carbohydrates. At age 45, after two years of diligently adhering to this program, I literally was stronger than when I was in my 20s.
Unfortunately, everything in my life was about to change.