Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Healthier 2012

Didn't get a chance to post my Christmas wishes here but now I wanted to send everyone best wishes for a Happy and Healthier New Year in 2012.

This past year has been a challenging one for my husband, but he continues to face each adversity with courage and determination to once again, NEVER QUIT!  I trust that each and everyone of you will do the same.

My wish to everyone in 2012 is for good health, love of family and friends and peace for all!  Let us not forget those courageous warriors who have passed away in 2011 and let us never forget the legacy that they leave behind for each of us.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

B12 - Another Health Enhancer

My husband takes one B12 tablet everyday (it was originally recommended by another cancer patient) - that's another reason why his last blood report was PERFECT as I have previously mentioned.

Always ask your doctor before starting any new medication or vitamins but from our perspective, the B12 will definately enhance you health!

I'll be posting again before Christmas so stay tuned!!!  Oh and don't forget, NEVER QUIT!!!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Have You Eaten FISH Today?

I have without a doubt realized the nutritional value of cancer patients eating fish.  I have been serving fish in various varieties to my husband over the past two to three months and the results are amazing - no let's say jaw-dropping so you can better realize the difference it has made to him nutritionally.

I have served up fresh fish, mussels, cod tongues, fish cakes, and salmon.  Whatever fish variety is available in your area will work.  Sometimes he has had fish for lunch and then another version of it for supper.  It has omega 3 fats and does not have chemically induced enhancers so right away that puts it in the forefront for nutritional value.  The servings may not be large in portion, but they are nutritional.

I don't have to google "nutritional value of fish" as I know for certain it is a wonder food for those who are not feeling well, and more especially for cancer patients who have lost considerable weight.  My husband's last blood test was "excellent".....that's EXCELLENT!!!  His doctor told him that everthing on his blood report was in perfect order so you can't ask for better than that.  That is major accomplishment after being so ill at the end of August!!!

It's a combination of everything - not just the fish, but the orange juice, the nightly smoothie shakes, and always nutritional snacks inbetween. If you are having trouble with appetite, try this combination and I'm sure you will find a difference.  It's not going to happen overnight - it will take diligence on your caretaker's part to ensure you have all of these nutritients coming your way and of course it will take adherence on your part as a cancer patient to stick with it!!!  You CAN do it!

I know it has worked for my husband so that's verifies it for us.  Everyone agrees that he is doing sooo much better and looking great!!!  Need I say more?

Remember, when the going gets tough, the tough get going so start today and remember to NEVER QUIT!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

If Something's Not Right, Just Fix It

Rec'd my husband's next apptment date yesterday in the mail.  The date was fine but it was scheduled with another doctor so that kind of got me to wondering.  Rather than wonder too long, I picked up the telephone and called our oncologist's secretary.  She is the kindest lady one could ever wish to know.  Always very obliging and nothing is ever too much for her to check out.  Seems I have called her several times this past year alone, but always for good reason.

So yesterday when I asked if my husband's oncologist was sick or had moved away due to the change in doctor on his next apptment, she assured me that the info needed to be checked out as there must be some mistake.  She thanked me for calling and bringing it to her attention. Within two minutes my phone was ringing and another secretary was calling to say she had booked my husband's apptment incorrectly with the wrong doctor!!!  No problem, at least the error had been corrected before his apptment date.

Lesson to note here is to never hesitate to check things out such as apptment dates, prescriptions, medical tests and advice if things just don't seem right.  We have experienced errors in all of the above and then some, but after all, I guess human error does happen.  Be vigilant though - it is your right!!!  No one in the medical field should ever mind you giving them a call..if they do, then that's their problem because you do need to get it right!!!

Take care everyone - it's blowing a gale in my part of the world tonight.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Looking Good!

My husband had a follow-up six week appointment with his oncologist just a few days ago and I'm happy to report that his doctor was amazed at his improvement since last visit!!!  Whoa.....just goes to show that you can Never Quit as I keep saying. 

So what do I account this transformation to?  First of all - be consistent with eating nutritously - for those who are new to this blog go back a few posts and read about the orange juice, my super nutritously powered smoothie and the recipe for morning porridge just to name a few.  Secondly it's always good to seek another opinion which we did and the more medical input you have, the better your chances are at resolving medical issues that are making you feel ill.  Third and very important is that in our house - we "always" keep the atmosphere POSITIVE!!!  I can't say that word enough.  I absolutely hate when people visit and they are gloom and doom and then if they see my husband not looking great, nothing is said to encourage him.  Some visitors on the other hand "always" keep the conversation encouraging and they are the ones you can count on to help lift my husband's spirits just when he needs that most of all.  Remember that it only takes one small negative comment to bring down anyone's day, and more especially if you are already having a bad one.  So remember everyone, keep the conversation positive, and uplifting and don't focus on talking about cancer, or how anyone is feeling but talk about what should be a normal everyday conversation whenever you speak with cancer patients.

A few days ago a good friend came with me to run an errand.  Along the way I met several people and each of them asked how my husband was doing.  That was fine, but my friend realized this must be a common question everytime I go out.  She wondered how I've managed to keep my sanity in all of this and believe me at times it's not easy but I have learned the best answer to give is "he is feeling alot better or he is feeling good"...that way there's no need to go into detail and while I appreciate their care to even ask how he is feeling, it does get a bit trying on me over time.  His cancer is not like having major surgery and then getting on with your life, it's something that is staying around so we each have to deal with it the best way we know how.

Have a good day everyone and remember "KEEP IT POSITIVE"!!!!