Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Pages 23 - 26
‘Cancer – 50 Essential Things to Do’ is a book by Greg Anderson which I used as a guide to journal what I needed to work through in the immediate aftermath of being diagnosed with Stage 4 Inflammatory Breast Cancer in February, 2006. By actively writing here I was able to distance myself from what was really going on. Almost like after someone you love dies; you are busy preparing the funeral so you don’t have to feel.
Eliminate Active and Passive Smoking (20):
The question is not whether you can quit.
The question is whether you will quit.
This is good for any bad habits in your life that do not promote wellness.
Willpower alone can’t do the job. A change in thinking can. Bad habits are behaviours.
Adopt This Dietary Strategy During Treatment (21):
There is overwhelming scientific evidence of diet’s link with cancer recovery.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Increase food quality -- foods that are minimally processed, as close to their natural state as possible.
I will eat better than I have in my entire life.
Follow These Eat Smart Guidelines (22):
Fresh fruits and fresh vegetables are my foods of choice.
Whole grain breads and pasta.
Beans, nuts, legumes for protein.
No red meat.
Avoid high fat and sugary foods.
*I vow to eat three fruit and vegetables a day.
Replace Fluids (23):
Drink lots of fluid – at least eight glasses a day the day before, the day of, and the day after chemotherapy.
*It is an almost universal truth; people with cancer are dehydrated. Water is the most potent defense you have against cancer. The environment your cells live in is not blood, it is fluid.
Drink eight cups of water a day.
Know Why You’re Eating (24):
Linking diet to emotional fulfillment is dangerous territory.
*Don’t look at changing your diet as something you have to do. Look at changing your diet as something you get to do!
Distinguish between a food craving, which is a psychological need, and hunger, which is the body’s need for nourishment.
*Honour your hunger, not your craving. Eat with awareness.
Determine Your Vitamin, Mineral and Herbal Supplements (25):
During radiation it is important to have garlic.
Wahid said you can not be in denial about your own health.
Ginger tea is good for nausea.
Make Exercise Part of Your Recovery Program (26):
No matter how long it has been since you have exercised, no matter how incapacitated or confined you are, there are exercises you can do. Exercise will help you get well again.
No more excuses! Take charge. Your body will respond to your get well signals.
Get More Sleep (27):
Fatigue is part of nearly every cancer patient’s experience.
Your body is getting repaired with chemotherapy, surgery, more chemotherapy, and radiation.
Repairs demand rest.
The fact is survivors rest.
*artwork by Pamela Zagarenski