In the process of cleaning my diet up even more this past year I have come across how unhealthy some common everyday products are. So many unassuming foods contain unnecessary, toxic ingredients. My target today is your regular stock cubes/pots. Homemade stock contains a plethora of beneficial properties, whereas stock cubes and pots don’t contain anything beneficial. The only benefit they have is convenience, but its so easy to make your own stock once you know how, and its much more rewarding! Whether its chicken, pork, beef, fish or vegetable, broth is one of the most nutrient dense ingredients and it can be used as the foundation for stews, soups and even used to boil your rice and other grains. Im an advocate of reducing waste wherever possible, especially if something has been killed to be eaten, and the bones are packed full of goodness that usually goes to waste. Chances are if your reading this then your probably interested in healthy eating. If thats the case then tune in to Channel 4 tonight at 2000hrs (Monday 9th May). Its a program called Eating Well With Hemsley + Hemsley, and its where I get a lot of my foodspiration!Continue Reading
As you have probably guessed from the title of this post I had some good news after this weeks CT scan. The tumours in my lungs have not changed but the ‘abnormalities’ (as they frustratingly still call them) in my liver and pancreas have shrunk. My oncologist even struggled to find the shadow on my pancreas when I asked to see the scan. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t frustrated and concerned the tumour on my lungs hasn’t also reduced but looking at the positives, the little fucker has stopped growing and the chemo/everything I am doing has done this. After all I have been through, everything Im doing to fight this and after being knocked down to rock bottom recently, its a well needed boost for my morale. I can actually feel the pressure temporarily release when I get good news. Its another up in this rollercoaster. Lets hope it keeps on going up and stops while at the top! Its been a great week and its the first time I’ve had that Friday feeling in well over a year. Ive had a smile on my face since being told the news yesterday.
Everyone keeps telling me how well I look recently and I feel good, so everything I am doing must be making a difference. So, I’m going to go over what complementary therapies I use for anyone that might be interested. I was planning on posting something I’ve written all about the health and fitness industry, gym culture and trends but after much deliberation and editing I decided against it because it was a bit of a rant, so you have this more informative post to read, even if it is less fun.Continue Reading
One of my previous posts about the many benefits of turmeric and how to incorporate it into your diet proved very popular, so I’m going to do some more foodie type posts. A quick update on me; last week of chemo was far from fun but I was well enough to keep active and get out for walks with the dog so that was good. Apart from the standard illness, fatigue and feeling poisoned I’ve been holding up well. It was a very quiet weekend for me as the majority of my mates were all on a stag do, which is now the 4th one I have missed. So instead of feeling too sorry for myself I treated myself to my first iMac. From now on you will find me sat in Starbucks typing away with my fellow writers!Continue Reading
It’s been a while since my last post and I want to keep those that are interested up to speed. I’m due to start my 3rd cycle of chemo next week and I’m currently feeling really good, although there have been some dark days. One of the things about my situation is the majority of people only see me when I am well enough to venture out the house so people only see the good days. The chemo I am on at the moment is a mixture of 2 drugs. I take Temozolomide tablets in the morning and then a drip called Irinotecan later in the day, which only takes half an hour if they get their shit together at the hospital. And that’s each day for 5 days. A few times I have waited all day in the hospital chair but I won’t bore you with those exciting stories.Continue Reading
When I started this I said it would hopefully develop into a blog about fitness and healthy living….some of you may yawn and move on at this point. So at the risk of being moderately interesting and breaking up the depressing posts about cancer, here is something a bit different. One of the many things I’ve added a lot more of to my diet this past year is turmeric. I have seen an increasing amount of articles on it recently, and it is a hot topic for good reasons. It has a huge amount of health benefits because it is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory, that has been used in medicine around the world for a very long time. Inflammation is the culprit for so many health conditions and illnesses. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects would benefit everybody, whether you’re an athlete, just want to stay healthy or someone actively fighting a disease. The powder is most commonly used but the root can be bought fresh, just like ginger, and it tastes so much better. Just be warned, the fresh stuff stains your finger tips orange if you cut it up. It can even be bought in capsule form for convenience. But like everything, nothing beats the fresh stuff. Here are some of the benefits, that haven’t been copy and pasted……….Continue Reading
So to keep you all updated, I didn’t get very far. Two weeks ago I went back full of confidence to get the results of my first scan. This was a scenario I had played over in my head a lot but it felt strange being there. My shoulder is all clear but unfortunately it has returned in my lungs. The oncologist explained it wasn’t good it had returned after 11 months of strong chemo, and that the chance of healing it is 5-10%. I cannot even begin to describe how devastating this news felt and I haven’t been able to bring myself to write about it till now, even now it feels strange. Not figures anyone wants or should ever have to hear. I was there with my mum and I felt so bad she had to hear this. We were both waiting to wake up from a very bad dream for days after. Then this Friday I went back to hospital to sign a consent form, for starting chemo on Monday. However they also used this opportunity to tell me they re-looked at my scans and have decided it has also spread to my pancreas and possibly my liver also. A lot of shit news to process but I’d like to think I will be in that top 10%. I’ve never finished outside of a top 10% for anything in my life!
It’s been a while since I wrote my last post, apologies to anyone that has been waiting in eager anticipation to hear me moan some more. I have been really busy and loving my freedom from the constant cycle of chemo I lived life by last year. I was very surprised and disappointed how down I felt after my last treatment. I was hoping I would be feeling fresh and full of energy a few weeks after finishing but the physical and mental effects of chemo dragged on well into the New Year. The psychological battle is definitely not over once treatment finishes and there is a stark difference between relief and happiness. Continue Reading
After 11 months (14 rounds) of chemotherapy, about 60 days spent in hospital, 6 weeks of radiotherapy, approximately 5800 miles driven to hospitals, 3 months of antibiotics and anti-sickness drugs, 47 Hickman line flushes, a major operation, 4 blood transfusions, 20 blood samples, countless injections, scans and horrific side effects it’s all finally over. It’s been the hardest year of my life by a long shot and a real test of character to say the least. I’m not one to wish away time but 2015 can fuck off. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger is a bit of a cliché, but couldn’t be more correct in this case.Continue Reading
As I have already mentioned in my last post I had the operation at the very end of September, once I had completed 5 out of 8 VAC chemotherapies. It was time for operation ‘make me Iron Man’, AKA a ‘reverse humeral replacement’ for all the medical types. The aim was to remove the diseased bone (humerous) and surrounding tissue and replace it with a new titanium prosthesis. This was a huge mile stone in my treatment and I had mixed feelings about it. I was so glad and relieved to be moving forward and finally getting the bastard that started all of this out my body. Nevertheless I was losing a part of my body. And possibly the ability to do a lot of the things I was good at, the things I love and I felt gave me my identity like rugby, Olympic lifting and some of my best dance moves. Would I ever be able to lift my future children onto my shoulders, get something heavy down off of a shelf, swim or do a straight arm bolt right handed ever again? I did everything I could to stay positive and looked at the sports and other things I could do, but I still couldn’t help but be frustrated about the ability I was losing. It would be strange if it didn’t affect me after being so able and active my whole life. Still, being alive and healthy is far more important!Continue Reading