Kris Carr was an actress who appeared as a Bud Girl in a Super Bowl beer commercial in 2003 just weeks before she was diagnosed with a rare Stage 4 cancer that left multiple tumors on her liver.
Carr, now 40, has since produced a 2007 documentary, "Crazy Sexy Cancer," and subsequent books of the same genre that propelled her onto the best-seller lists. Her upbeat, no-holds-barred humor manifests itself on her Web site, www.crazysexylife.com.
Q: What was crazy and sexy about your cancer?
A: I redefine crazy and sexy. Crazy is out-of-the-box forward thinking, status-quo smashing. And sexy is empowered. Cancer for me was and is my teacher.
Q: What was the craziest thing you did when you had cancer?
A: The craziest thing many people thought I did was not pursue treatment. There wasn't anything that was proven. So I started to research the best diets and lifestyles for longevity. Not because I had to cure myself, but because I wanted to feel better. ... I started eating a lot more plants and reducing the amount of stress in my life. And I developed a deep love for green juice.
Q: What's green juice?
A: Juiced vegetables. An average breakfast for me is cucumber, kale, spinach, romaine, celery and apple. ... I made the decision to start nourishing my body in a way I never had before.
Q: In your books, you talk about how it's necessary to have a "cancer posse" of supporters. Do you still have one and who's in it?
A: I have more of a wellness posse. ... My close inner circle are yogis, meditation practitioners and functional medicine doctors, and a core group of women who support each other and our dreams. We can run our problems or victories by each other.