Healthy diet results in a healthy life

Labasa FSC staff with cancer survivor Mitieli Baravi (seated middle) at the Pinktober morning tea yesterday. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

CANCER survivor Mitieli Baravi believes a healthy diet results in a healthy life.

In raising awareness about the deadly disease at the Pinktober Morning Tea organised by the Fiji Sugar Corporation team yesterday in Labasa, Mr Baravi said he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2015.

“I was given until November last year as my final survival month on earth but I changed my diet in 2015 and I am still surviving,” he said.

“I believe that my diet of fruits and vegetables have helped me come a long way.

“The support from our families is also vital and our relationship with God.” The Dogotuki, Macuata lad has had three surgeries but he is adamant of a speedy recovery.

“I am very cautious about the kind of food I eat and every day I have my carrot juice,” he said.

“That has helped me a lot and in order to live healthy, you need to discipline your life.

“My surgeons removed about one foot (12 inches) of my large intestine but despite that I am surviving.”

Mr Baravi also thanked the Labasa Hospital staff for doing a superb job in taking good care of him.

“We have a team of good doctors in Labasa and their support has always encouraged me to do better all the time.”

FSC Labasa mill manager Michael Faktaufon encouraged his team to live a healthy life.

“I know the words shared by Mr Baravi is challenging but it is also a wake-up call for us and the importance of looking after our lives.”