Posted on 09/30/2008
When I was just a little girl, my sister Aleaine—not quite one full year older—was a wonderful, nurturing companion. Aleaine was quite a bit taller and stronger, much more so than the age difference would indicate. You can see a picture of us on page 29 of my book, “The Seattle Sutton Solution.”
We were very close. She always used her strength to help me, never to bully. Sometimes she would carry me part or all of the way to the country school we both attended. It was a long walk from our country house, and if she thought I was having a hard time, Aleaine didn’t hesitate to hoist my small frame unto her shoulders.
Goodness, I miss her. She had a wonderful singing voice—good enough to make it worthwhile to have voice lessons—and was a talented piano player. She played at church and I used to admire her so, performing for everyone.
Aleaine sang the song “Always” at my wedding. Kelly and I are “always” sentimental when we hear that tune. How I wish we would have had the wherewithal to record Aleaine. Oh well, it’s foolish to waste energy bemoaning things that don’t happen when you can be using it to appreciate good that does.
Her voice stirred deep emotions, as if it were connected to my soul. I was very pleased when my daughter Paula asked Aleaine to sing at her own wedding. Of course, by that time, Aleaine had cancer.
I lament her disease and the twenty years companionship that her early death caused us to miss. I’m confident I’ll hear her sing again someday. But the last twenty years—sweet and fulfilling as they have been—would have been even more so if shared with her.
Cancer took her from us. We’re not alone. An estimated 565,000 people will die from cancer in America this year. We have to find a solution. I’m trying to do my share. Many people objected when I made our company, Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, into a no-smoking zone. As a nurse and a doctor’s wife, I know the connection between smoking and cancer, so I’m willing to risk—for their own good—a little short-term unpopularity from people in the grips of an addiction.
Two of my cousins also had cancer. One of them died from it. And I am a survivor, having battled breast cancer nine years ago.
That’s why I recently accepted an appointment to the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer. We’re trying to make a difference by providing the Illinois business community with information about cancer prevention and early detection.
Please contact the American Cancer Society if you’re looking for ways to help. Thanks so much.
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Recently I received this comment: “I started the Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating plan 9/22 and I’ve lost 5 pounds! To date I am loving it except I have gas and bloating that’s very uncomfortable. Any suggestions?”
Well, these side effects are unusual, and there is a simple remedy. You need to drink more water, at least eight glass a day. Also, are you including two glasses of skim or soy milk every day? If you want some additional information, please call my daughter Paula, at 817.689.0265. Thanks, and congratulations on your weight loss. Stick with it now!
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Here’s a nice letter from a man I'll call Rick, who helped make our Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating Reunion commercial:
“Just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to be involved. It was a lot of fun, like being invited to a family party. It seems as if everyone involved with the Seattle Sutton company, your family members, and clients, are onto a special secret that makes for instant camaraderie. We have a daughter 2 years older than Erin and it was such a pleasure to meet her—she is going to be a real asset to the Seattle Sutton team.
“The word needs to get out that Seattle Sutton Healthy Eating is NOT a gimmick. It is the best thing around. It is ‘healthy eating’ period!
“As a diabetic, that is proven by the fact that when I am eating Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, my glucose levels stabilize to a normal level and I lose weight at the same time.”
She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.