10 months. Today is the 10th month anniversary of my diagnosis. But right now is also about a year ago that I started to feel bad. Fatigue, fevers, cold sweats, etc, etc. I thought of this today, because I met Matt and Fred for lunch at a newish specialty hot dog place. Hot dogs=yum. It was also about a year and a half ago that I actually gave up eating meat. I ate fish, but no beef, pork or chicken for about 5 months. A year ago, when I started to feel fatigued, I thought it might be because I wasn't getting enough protein. I was eating beans and nuts trying to get enough protein into my system. I was riding my bike to work every day...about 10 miles each way....and thought I might be depriving myself of needed fuel i.e. protein. I was getting winded, tired and super slow...which told me something was not right with me.
Then I got my diagnosis and was told to eat lots of protein, that protein was an important aspect of fighting cancer. However with my jacked up kidneys, I couldn't and still can't eat beans, nuts, dairy...all protein sources. So I had to add meat back to my diet. And now after having a couple of massive hot dogs for lunch, I've clearly made my way all the way back to carnivorism. My reasons for cutting out meat had to do with what I saw as a cruel process in the farming and killing of animals. So while enjoying hot dogs and steaks and the like, I do feel a little bad. Sorry cows, but I gotta eat. My kidneys are slowly getting better. So perhaps I can alter my diet a bit in the near future.
I wrapped up another cycle of chemo today. I'll start up again on March 20. Today I watched Horton Hears a Who, and talked to Dr Phan about his new Nissan Leaf and zappos.com...which is way better than talking to Dr Phan about my cancer. Cancer is on the back burner of topics.
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