The last time we spoke, I was dealing with my cancer diagnosis. So much has happened since then.
First, it appears as though certain claims that a vegan diet “turns off cancer” is a little premature. That’s OK. In this case, my whole “trust but verify” motto saved my life.
My point? After ten solid years of plant based living, I received my cancer diagnosis. Not only was it a diagnosis, it was a full fledged tumor throwing off activity markers right and left.
So yeah… even after ten years living this lifestyle, it didn’t stop, slow, or reverse my colon cancer. But that’s still OK because what this lifestyle provided was health, strength, and a very good healing environment.
Truth is… I still loved many aspects of plant based living and since that fateful day in ’13, I’ve struggled mightily to regain my previous lifestyle.
Turns out, after an extended right hemicolectomy, the removal of 1/2 to 2/3 of my colon, fiber wasn’t my friend. It took a lot of inner healing before I could even look at a plant without a dose of extreme gastrointestinal distress. To make matters worse, the ensuing pain resulted in a 40 pound weight gain.
That was rough. I felt devastated, wondering if I’d ever feel good again.
But time heals all, I suppose. Slowly, but surely I’ve lost that cancer weight and to my utter delight, I’ve had a great run (crossing fingers, hoping not to jinx this) experimenting with my previous lifestyle.
Best of all, I’m having kitchen fun again. There’s nothing more gratifying than making a fabulous, calorie dilute, treat… knowing I’m treating my poor body right, realizing I’m consuming a compassionate diet.
Long story short, here we are. 2017. I’m approaching my four year cancerversary with tremendous hope in my heart.
I’m hopeful that the docs removed the tumor before it had a chance to spread too far.
I’m hopeful that in these past few years, more people have discovered the incredible healing power of plants.
I’ve got some great stuff coming up the pike. More on that later. In the meantime, as you can see from the pics, I’ve hit the kitchen again. My mix cookbook is nearly worn out because I use it so much.
After all, who has time to cook when life is knocking right outside the door?
If you love healthy baked goods, easy kitchen clean up, and don’t have time for complicated concoctions… if you love warm muffins, sweet cookies, savory casseroles, and more check it out.
The ebook is coming soon…
Talk later! 🙂