Tuesday my wife, Pattie and I, celebrated our 1000th post since we first launched our HelpWithCancer.org site back on October 6th, 2008:
AWESOME! 1000 Posts and Counting…
We will be re-running a number of helpful, early articles from the site all week at http://www.helpwithcancer.org/.
Although the site is not multiple myeloma specific, I have featured a number of health related articles there which my fellow myeloma patients and caregivers may find helpful.
It has been fun going back and reading some of my older posts. Short and simple. Great, basic information. We have all heard the teaching/coaching expression: “Get back to the basics,” right?
The first HelpWithCancer.org posts featured a simple, basic mix of nutrition and philosophy needed to help a newly diagnosed patient (me!) cope with his new normal. Here are two examples:
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Feed the Kitties!
With the the economy and stock market crashing down around us, it is important to take time to appreciate the little things that make life worth living. My wife recently hung a large, framed poster of a kitten above our refrigerator in the kitchen. Under the photo, Ellis Felker writes: I once asked a four year old what the secret to life was. “Feed the kitties” she said. “Feed the Kitties.” Healthy or sick, young or old, rich or not so rich, we all have so much to be thankful for. Be kind to our friends and families. Even if we are hurting, upset or in pain. Don’t forget to feed the kitties! Feel good and keep smiling! Pat & Pattie
Friday, October 17, 2008
Does Sugar Feed Cancer?
You may have heard or read that “sugar feeds cancer”. There does seem to be some evidence that this may be true. It has something to do with the way that many tumors live and grow. The theory goes something like this: As they develop, tumors form their own self contained metabolism that rely on simple sugars to grow. Reduce the amount of sugar that is available in the bloodstream and you hinder the tumor’s ability to expand. Maintain high levels of simple sugars in the bloodstream and the cancer flourishes. The strong message here is that any cancer patient should replace simple sugars with complex carbohydrates and lean protein in their diet. Several things to note. First of all, isn’t that what all of us should do, whether we have cancer or not? I will spare you the details about the dangers of elevated insulin levels and the serious rise of diabetes in the America today. Second, all cancers are not as nutritionally sensitive as others. For example, my type of cancer, Multiple Myeloma, does not seem to react to changes in nutrition. The same can be said for other bone marrow and some blood cancers. In some type of cancers, there is no tumor to feed. Even so, good nutrition is important to help keep our bodies strong to help fight our cancer and to help us withstand radiation and chemotherapy. I confess that I have a horrible sweet tooth! I would rather have a piece of cake or pie than a good cut of meat or second serving of salmon. But let’s face it. Sweets are empty calories. It wouldn’t hurt any of us to eat more blueberries, walnuts, flax seed and whole fruit and less processed bread, potatoes and candy. You get the idea! Feel good and keep smiling! Pat
Starting this site saved my life. Helping other cancer patients and caregivers helps keep me going. It has given me a purpose and reason for living. Thanks for reading!
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat