So, I thought I might start writing a wee bit of the past and bringing it to light. This might be a bit jumbled up for a while, as I go through a few subjects I want to embrace and let you all know about. Certain medical procedures I’ve been though, the mind games that go on, the prep involved with some things, living with a diagnosis of bowel cancer etc.
I want to bring this blog to highlight the struggles that go on for some people. Not only me, but others as well, and also highlight how prevalent bowel cancer is in the community. It is not just an old person’s disease anymore. It can strike anyone, anytime. For me, it struck me when I was 38. I had no warning, no symptoms, no history (and that is the scary thing, most people have no history).
With having no family history, after a lot of investigation, reading, researching, talking to my surgeon (who ultimately said there was no cause, it was just bad luck), I have come to the realisation that I have to make some quite significant lifestyle changes to halt the bowl cancer in it’s tracks and make sure my body does not provide a comfortable breeding ground for it.
So, in real life, I have to change a few things. Some things are easier than others. With the help of my medical professionals, a naturopath, a massage therapist, and all my cheerleaders out there, I will take you on my journey to better health, better wealth, and a whole new lifestyle.
Sure, it isn’t going to be easy. There are easy parts to it, like some basic food swaps, not drinking alcohol, not smoking (things I never did in the past), and there are a lot of hard steps, like giving up dairy, limiting my sugar intake, upping my vegetable intake, changing the quality of food that I eat, only eating red meat once a week, upping the amount of fish I eat! And then, after all those changes there are the mindset issues that go along with this. How am I going to live without dairy for the rest of my life? How am I going to eat less sugar? How am I going to only eat red meat once a week? How? How? How?
Well, it’s going to be a long slow process, and recovery. Over the years I have done a lot of damage to my body and now it is time to heal it! Slowly! The slow tortoise wins the race remember. And after chemo (which is a complete brain fucker by the way (sorry for swearing but there is no other way to class it)), it has to be a slow process. My brain doesn’t work the same anymore (I will go deeper into this in another blog post), but for now, changes have to be made slowly. And this is also a great way to make the changes stick. If you change everything in your life in one day, you start to get the feeling of deprivation, the feeling of overwhelm, the feeling of missing out! Slow changes mean forever changes.
Now, that was a story and a half wasn’t it! Right, got that all out of the brain and written down. I’ll be back next week to let you all know about life after chemo! It is certainly a rollercoaster if ever there was one.