I started the week meeting my neurosurgeon who showed a good result from my MRI on the weekend, it’s too hard to zoom in to see if there is anything still in there (apart from my brain) but it was positive. I mentioned to him that I had been told it was a different type of tumour than first thought, he corrected the name that I had been given and I now know it is an Oligodendroglioma – try saying that with a mouth full of marbles.
Hot tip – don’t go on google when you have cancer. I looked up this new tumour name and sent what I thought was a good article to Simon and my mum. I apparently had not scrolled down enough on the page though, it showed the average life span of someone with my type of tumour. Turns out it is 10 years. 10 years is a long time if you are locked up in prison or are watching grass grow. Its’s not so long if you plan on having a family and want to see them grow up and attend their wedding. This was a down day.
Luckily the next day I had my usual meet up with my Oncologist after my radiation. I asked him if there would still be cancer cells left even if they got rid of the whole tumour. He assured me that they are treating to ‘cure’ and there should not be anything left at the end, but these things do have a habit of growing back which is why we keep a close eye on it with MRI’s and checkups 3 times a year moving forward. This made me feel a lot better.
The sucky part bout this whole thing is that even after treatment you still have this thing hanging over your head, it never just goes away. It does mean though that we can live for a purpose and make the most of every day. Also, I am not average.
Simon and I have done a lot of research, even before this uninvited guest was brought to our attention about cancer and eating to live a long life. This is how we eventually got to the vegan/plant-based path. Not only for our health but for the environment and the wellbeing of animals. In fact, the day of my seizures, Simon purchased the “How not to die” book by Dr. Michael Greger. Weird huh?
Plant protein tends to be relatively low in methionine, an amino acid associated with premature aging and cancer. It also tends to also be relatively lower in the amino acid leucine, which may accelerate aging via the enzyme TOR. Diets high in animal protein tend to be acid forming, while diets centered around plant protein tend to be alkalizing.’
What’s in a glass of milk?
135 million pus cells (if that’s not enough to put you off..)
Pain killers, antibiotics & growth hormones
Bacteria & pathogens
Acidic protein which leaches minerals and calcium from the bones
Toxic milk protein ‘casein’ which contributes to cancer, kidney disease, arthritis, MS, Chron’s, Irritable bowel and asthma.
Given up red meat because you think that white meat is healthier? ‘Many individuals consider fish a superior source of protein to animal products or poultry. But like meat, fish is low in antioxidants and phytonutrients and contains cholesterol. It is also high in methionine, an amino acid that appears to aid in cancer tumour growth, and may contribute to longevity-related oxidation in the body.’
If you would like to watch some interesting documentaries and find out more, here are some great ones to start with:
My name is Simon and my beautiful partner in life is Jaime. We are both big believers of everything in moderation and before anyone starts jumping up and down and calling us tree hugging hippies, we wanted to say that we respect anyone’s decision to eat whatever they like. After all, it is your life. We however choose to eat veggies and we love it.