Happy Cancer Girl

A Happy Girls Journey with Cancer

Sacrifices I Have To Make

As I mentioned in my last post I am having a hard time healing. I have never had an incision so big to heal and didn’t think that I would ever have any issues with healing. So I did what I often do, I scoured the internet to find information on wound healing. I found information on protein and how eating more protein will help you heal faster. I am a plant based eater, I haven’t eaten meat since August 2011 (with the exception of turkey at Christmas). I don’t think you need animal protein to survive, but my body is in need of animal protein to heal. I’ve had chicken soup, chicken breast, fish and steak over the past week and let me tell you I am healing so much better. It makes me feel guilty because I think eating plant based is really good for me but, I have to eat meat right now to make myself better.

My weekend was packed full of company. Owen’s birthday was on Friday so we had dinner out on Friday night. Saturday was spent with Owen’s family and then Sunday was spent with some of my mom’s family. It was wonderful to see so many people and spend time with people who care about me. It was the most time I’ve spent with anyone besides my parents and Owen since I left the hospital. Sunday night I had to go to bed early because I was really tired, but it was wonderful to see so many people.

I received a quilt from St. Leo’s Catholic church last week. I was so surprised and overwhelmed by the generosity of the quilters, women who probably don’t even know me. I look forward to finding them the perfect thank you card to express my gratitude.

I have one more week until my next appointment with the oncologist. One more week to wait to find out what my next steps are!


Let Food Be Thy Medicine

I want to say thank you for the amazing support and response I received yesterday! So many people shared my blog and I had more views that I would have even dreamed of.

When I first got my diagnoses all I could think about was how to fix this. Sure the doctors gave me options and yes we are in modern times so I will have surgery and I will let chemo poison the rest of the cancer cell’s, but what else can I do? I went to Chapters and I bought books (I will review the books in later posts), and I searched the internet.

Hippocrates once said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” We live in a world where it is acceptable to engineer foods and modify them so that they grow in all weather and strange conditions. The animals that we eat are treated horribly and are given medicine and hormones to keep them alive. When Hippocrates was talking about food as medicine, food was good and home grown and not likely chemical ridden.

I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I don’t think being over weight has given me cancer, but it does put a strain on one’s health. So with my tail tucked between my legs I went to see Bruce Sweeney at Simply for Life. I told Bruce that I have cancer and that between cancer, chemo and menopause, I have no idea what my body is going to go through. I need nutritional help and he’s just the man to help me.

I have been eating a plant based diet for about a year and a half now. One would think that I would be healthy because of that, but it’s really easy to be a junk food vegan who eats way too much pasta! With Bruce’s expertise I will make my plant based diet better for my body and I will let food be my medicine. This for me means buying more organic and staying away from genetically modified foods. I will share with you what types of foods I am eating in future posts, but in the meantime if you are foodie (or just interested) you should check out my pinterest board, I have a ton of recipes that I have found on the internet: http://pinterest.com/reneebuerkle/