Sorry to hear about the brain mets, and the people who are encouraging you to avoid sweets. I'm kind of angry on your behalf that some well-meaning people would make it seem like it's your own fault for getting cancer because of your diet choices, especially when you've been so strict recently.
I found this from the Mayo Clinic...
Myth: People with cancer shouldn't eat sugar, since it can cause cancer to grow faster.
Fact: Sugar doesn't make cancer grow faster. All cells, including cancer cells, depend on blood sugar (glucose) for energy. But giving more sugar to cancer cells doesn't speed their growth. Likewise, depriving cancer cells of sugar doesn't slow their growth.
If the key to good health without the burden of serious illness was as simple as a positive attitude and a regimented diet (excluding sugar and dairy, as suggested by your friend, as an example), then most people would flock to and following a course of positivity and diet modification and be disease free.
As we know, both through anecdotes and research studies, finding one's way on a pathway of reclaiming health is not that simple. Positivity of mindset and a diet void of sugar will not be met with the word "cure" for most people facing a serious, life-altering illness.
My brother is a survivor of a Grade IV glioblastoma multiforma. The spidery, web-like tumor occupied his left parietal-occipital lone - the size of a tangerine. My brother was 15 years old when the tumor made itself known, circa 1978. There was no chemotherapy know to be able to cross the blood brain barrier, no target radiation therapy. No CT scan, No MRI. As a family, the doctors prepared us for a bleak horizon. My brother's life expectancy was 3-6 months.
As I have shared previously, my brother is alive and doing well - all things considered. The only evidence of the glio blastoma's presence are the titanium clips placed during partial debunking surgery.
My brother adores Coke-a-Cola. He drinks 2 bottles a day, and has done so for years. He is 145 pounds at 5'10". While I do not advocate his consumption of Coke on the regular and sustained basis he has followed, I appreciate his right to choose what he wants to eat. My brother also has epilepsy, and the Coke gives him a boost of alertness and wakefulness which he needs in having to take anti-seizure medicine.
i hope the anecdotal sharing of my brother should give you the "green light" to fold tasteful food back into your life, including sugar in moderation.
Hansens has soda pop made with cane sugar. I am trying to nudge my brother toward a drink choice withOUT high fructose corn syrup and other chemical processing additives.
I ate healthfully all of my life. Vegan. Organic. And look at where I am . . . Plagued by multiple chronic conditions, the words "life-threatening fragile Addison's" highlight my medical record. I have been on Palliative Care for 4 years. There is no prospect of "getting better." As my body teeters close to its personal ledge, I am glad that I have enjoyed that thick milkshake and/or that lemon poppyseed muffin when the opportunity availed itself when sharing time with family/friends.
Feel alright about feeding yourself in both nourishing your body and experiencing joy in the taste of foods that delight you. Enjoy the shared moments with family and friends that come with the communal sharing of a meal.
The preparing of food and sharing is a gift of love from one person to another. Food is also symbolic of love. And with love, there is healing.
Sending you an extended hand of faith and friendship,
- Karen -
AnnClare wrote: But hell, if home-cooked meals, or ANY food for that matter, is going to do me in, then I guess that's how it's gonna be. I respect my energy worker friend's opinion, but just because something worked for her does not mean it's for me. I've got to be true to myself and happy, damn it. Worrying over every morsel I put in my mouth is not for me. Sorry - I just don't think it's that simple, at least, not in my case. It's time for me to be my own damn guru. !