This chemotherapy rollercoaster ride – Shut Up and Relax

ChemotherapyIve been waiting to talk about this little nugget of goodness for a while.

Nothats a fibIve procrastinated on talking about chemotherapy treatment because I thought it would be easy and its just NOT.  That includes talking about it not just physically doing it.  I feel like a big whinger but I want to document it.  So lets let it rip shall we?

Ive spoken here  about my chemotherapy schedule.  Ive just finished the four rounds of AC, about to commence Taxol and its beenup and down.

The first three rounds of chemo went pretty well initially with just a little nausea over the first day, Id fasted to combat this. See here about fasting and its benefits.  What I didnt count on was the effect of the dexamethasone. Its a steroid that helps with a lot of the nasty side effects but gives me the shakes like Ive got the worst hangover imaginable. Still does.

In the three weeks following each treatment, youre on a cycle of one week lethargy, getting better in the second week although your immune system is more susceptible to picking up diseases due to a lower white blood cell count, then coming into the third week where you feel human again.  Came down with a bug in that first round where I was still running around, giving out kisses and hugs.  I carry a fly swatter now kidding! you just have to avoid that type of contact as much as possible.

Fourth round though, I didnt stick to the normal fasting schedule and that, coupled with the cumulative effect of the AC wiped me for a good week or so. Shaking limbs of lead and nausea to boot. But Im coming good now ready to start the Taxol treatment tomorrow.  Cant wait, bring it on and lets get it over with!  But if Im out for the count for a bit, heres 5 things about my chemo experience that I thought Id share:

  • I was told it would put my body into menopause.  No dramas here I though, Ive done THAT!  but this time I got all the symptoms, the crappy moods and the hot flashesall the damn timewtf?
  • Dry mouth is another side effect.  What I didnt realise was that dry mouth = feeling like your mouth is full of silica crystals. Clean crystals, not your kitty litter ones but still
  • Tastes changing.   Ive been shocked with this one, was warned about metallic tastes but this is something else.  Ive gone from a green smoothie sucking, whole food eating type into a give me salty, saucy, carb-me-up now, meat and potatoes and do not show me anything green or raw demented person.  Ill get into this one later but Ive gone from tearing out my hair ha! over my diet change to a realisation that I had to eat what works for me.  Took a visit to a nutritionist to come to terms with this. Which I highly recommend.
  • Light reading given in the hospital recommended that you use a condom while having sex for a week after every chemo session.  Ill leave that one alone 😉
  • That having chemo means slowing down, not proving anything to anyone even yourself and that self-care isnt a bunch of holistic spin.  Its essential.

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This chemotherapy rollercoaster ride – Shut Up and Relax

Woo hoo! 

Ive been out being social my birthday week catching up with friends.  Thinking a lot probably way too much!

Been thinking about how everyone has there own barrow to push each day, their own rollercoaster ride. Before starting chemotherapy my oncologist and Ms Google reminded me that chemo can cause mood swings, through the various pre-meds and the drugs themselves.  I look back on that memory of me thinking whoa, yeah that would be everyone else but not ME, I am different and special.  BUTman, these mood swings are a rollercoaster and can really mess with what I thought was quite a balanced and even tempered disposition (There is no room for any comment here from the men in my life, so lets just run with the scenario I just painted, okay? Okay)

Im finding I can feel a bursting anger just rising up in me ready to come out in speech or the desire to throw something, ANYTHING, extreme happiness over any kindness that just brings me to tears and a doom and darkness that seeps into my thoughts and makes me want to stay in bed or on the lounge all day. The dark times dont reflect how I feel about what I think my outcome will be, its more about geez this is a bloody long haul.  The intensity of these feelings is, at times, overwhelming.   Sometimes they can all be around in the space of ten minutes.  I can be really involved in the whole thought process but mostly I feel like Im an observer just watching the pattern play out.

It seems much easier to be around total strangers than around acquaintances.

I dont include my real friends in this, they are present and just awesome in keeping me feeling normal.  I think people who dont know you well can be thrown by your circumstance and its hard not to let their reaction impact on you.  Mostly its just not seeing you. And youve got to remember that theyve got their own shit to shovel and get on with it, although I found after one lunch this week that my feeling of invisibility was so intense it hurt.  The only way to not hurt is either hide out or armour myself in ways to protect.

Ill work on that one I think because whatever happens I still want to be amongst things for my boys end of school year and support them in their sport.   And Im not missing out being amongst those valued friends I spoke of, the highs of this rollercoaster are largely brought about by them and my family.

So what about you, how was your week?  riding a rollercoaster out there too? and what gets you through it?

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Chill & Spill – Lisa Corduff – in the Kitchen

Fear and Anxietyyou have a cancer diagnosis right?  so its not surprising you feel this way

Althoughwhat about when you finish treatmentYouve FINISHED!!  yay you!!  What about now? Is it normal to feel fear?  normal to wake through the night with anxious thoughts and start each day with a pit of fear in your belly?

To be absolutely honest this is how Im dealing with each day.  It sucks.  Im working really hard at staying positive and managing mostly to stay on top of the dread as I call it.  Give me an hour on my own in the mornings for coping mechanisms and Im good to go.  Finding out that this is completely normal makes it easier.  The Living Beyond Breast Cancer  website has some great resources and webinars.  You know me, the more information I can get, the better.

I was sent a link from a webinar from Living Beyond Breast Cancer with psychiatrist Ruth H. Steinman that addressed anxiety and depression issues.  In it, Dr. Steinman described certain things that can provoke anxiety and depression:

  • Pain, fatigue, nausea
  • Body image
  • Inability to care for family
  • Financial instability
  • Tests/scans – waiting for results
  • Appointments with oncology team
  • Hearing of others recurrence or death
  • Feelings of pain or fatigue

Dr Steinman also described the prevalent symptoms of anxiety and depression:

  • Fear
  • On edge
  • Restless
  • Muscle tension
  • Easily fatigued
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Problem with focus during day

So after I checked a few of these boxes and came up a WINNERI thought ok, what are my strategies?  what is it I do that makes me feel ok?  and I came up with a quick list.

  • Yoga of course!
  • I schedule stuff.  I feel less stressed if its written in the diary at the beginning of the week.  I know then how I plan to spend my energy and how I plan to conserve my energy.
  • I say NO to stuff.  If I get to any day see the diary note above  and its just not happeningI politely say no.  Its not the end of the world and it can always be rescheduled.
  • I write.  More consistently I hope now, goal is to write a blog post each week.  Promise 😉
  • Eating well.  I really enjoy my food and I eat nutritionally balanced meals.  I like treats too and see them as a necessity, not as something bad or something to be judgey about.
  • Getting out into nature.  Best tip: grounding my bare feet in lawn.  I love this ridiculously easy lift of the spirits.  Walking by water, any water.   Just being outdoors.
  • Meditation and Pranayamatechniques to relax that dont need to be long or take up hours of the day.  I have a quick four minute meditation/breath work that Im sharing with subscribers to my blog updates.  Im getting this out in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

Im wondering how you cope with these feelings or if youre going through them and dont know what the best strategy is?  and remember, if you do have prolonged feelings of anxiety or depression, please, speak with your doctor.

Tracy xx

Other links you might like to add to:

Beyond Blue

Cancer Buddies Network

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This chemotherapy rollercoaster ride – Shut Up and Relax

I first met Lisa at a Thermomix demonstration where she absolutely nailed the presentation of the product, creating a delicious menu of wholefood goodness and choice.  Lisa had just found out she was pregnant with her third child so Wayne and I had a few stories to share with her.not all horror stories but we shall say interesting anecdotes that I hope shes forgotten.  

I love her attitude to food and thought it would be cool to start my interview series of people I meet with her.  She is honest and makes me laugh.  What more could you want?

Youve just completed a 21 day Wholefood Challenge via Facebook? What made you decide to start the challenge?

The honest truth?  I was sharing a glass of wine (or two!) with a friend and we were trying to decide what I could do to help people eat more wholefoods  I am looking to create an online business but didn’t feel confident enough that I ‘had the goods’ to actually charge people for something like this.  So my (slightly pissed!) friend said “just start a free challenge announce it announce the start date you’ll make it happen!”

And I did.  The rest is history.

What have you learned from those who took part?

I’ve learnt that everyone needs reminding.  That no one eats perfectly 100% of the time.  That everyone wants to eat better.  That most don’t know what that means.

Why do you choose to eat the way you eat?

When I studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition I was exposed to loads of different ‘dietary theories’.  Paleo, vegan, South Beach, Atkins etc. etc.  SO CONFUSING!  It seems nutrition is the only science that can prove multiple theories correct.  All of them could PROVE theirs was the best way to eat.  It made me a little nuts.  So after much experimenting I thought “I’m just going to eat real food and see how that goes”.  I’m not really one for strict regimes and denial.  Eating wholefoods (most of the time!) means that I get a wide variety.

What I’ve found is that as I’ve removed the processed and packaged food and replaced with real, whole foods, I am much  more in tune to what my body enjoys and this had led me to cut out wheat and reduce my dairy consumption.

We are all so different and I am experimenting with what works for me.  I suggest others do the dame.

If you were to prescribe a nutritional guideline that would prevent disease, what would that include?

Don’t eat anything that’s been created in a factory.  Eat real food, close to it’s natural form.  Make it TOTALLY delicious.  Enjoy your food and reduce any stress you have around it. Reduce refined sugar consumption.

Do you have any nutritional advice for anyone undergoing treatment for breast cancer?

I am in no way qualified to offer any advice here.  The closest thing would probably be to listen to your body.  Give it the highest quality ingredients possible.  Nourish, nourish, nourish.

Can you give us an example of a normal Lisa day of eating?

Breakfast a green smoothie, porridge or an omelette.

Lunch often leftover dinner or perhaps a big salad with heaps of greens, avocado and a variety of veggies with a homemade dressing of apple cider vinegar and olive oil.

Dinner usually something I have created in the thermomix!  Or perhaps roast veggies and organic meat. In truth anything my kids will also eat!

Snacks homemade goodies like muesli bars, bliss balls, choc chip cookies.  Fruit and nuts.

Favourite recipe that would sustain you, body and soul?

Oh I find this so hard to answer.  How to choose!?  The best meals are ones that I share with others.  So it would have to be a dinner.  You know what, I think it would have to be pork belly, with a whole stack of roasted veggies.  I. LOVE. CRACKLING.

There’s nothing like the smell of a roast to feed the senses.  Sitting down to wholefoods, cooked slowly with care is such a treat.  I’m a big fan of incorporating healthy fats into our diet and am pleased to see the stigma around them taken away.

I love watching people enjoy food and share from the middle of the table.  So yep, this meal is perfect.

And how will you relax now the 21 day challenge has finished? Or do you have another project in the works?

I will be releasing a month long version of the challenge, totally redone after all I have learnt from this one.  Right now though, I’m enjoying a glass of red wine and a piece of chocolate cake I just pulled out of the oven (will be blogging this cake very soon it’s soooooo good!)

If youd like to learn more about Lisa Corduff check out her website, it is brilliant.

Monica Caligiuri Real Raw Wild

I first saw Monicas website when she launched it through the equally gorgeous Ellissa Jayne at Flourish Online. Love at first sight or site, ha! So I stalked her on Facebook and when the opportunity to interview her came up as part of the Flourish Online Blogging Challenge, I grabbed it. It was so lovely to interview Monica, her website and her ideals are ones I admire and I think she is a sparkly example of health and wellbeing.

I was even happier when a few weeks later I met Monica in person at the Workplaces of Wellbeing Breast Brunch Ever.  Great speaker.  Lovely woman.  I hope you enjoy.

What made you decide to become a Food and Nutrition Coach?

Bottom line is that I am INSATIABLY PASSIONATE about HEALTH and the POWER of proper NUTRITION to transform peoples lives! I discovered the healing qualities of food at 17 after reading Fit or Life. Once I had children, I decided to retire from dance (I was a Latin Dance Professional!) to be a dedicated Mumma and, formally (and finally!) pursue studies in Nutrition.

Why do you eat the way you eat?

Simple really. Eating real, raw and wild fooods, makes me feel FAN-FLIPPIN-TASTIC!!

If you were to prescribe a nutritional guideline that would prevent disease, what would that include?

To keep the body in a state of health I would recommend maintaining 1. An alkaline ph 2. A non-stress state 3. A clean system and 4. Balanced insulin and hormones. How is this maintained?by having loads of fresh organic fruit and veg, pure water, nuts, seeds, seaweeds, sprouts, super foods, super herbs, some whole grains, tonics and fermented foods. Gel greens, greens and more greens into your daily diet!! Getting active, sunshine and restorative sleep are also essential!

Can you give us an example of a normal Monica day of eating?

On rising I ALWAYS drink a cup of warm water with fresh squeezed lemon juice.

A Green Juice is next up (Im really addicted to the Glowing Green Juice by Kimbly Synder. It has cucumber, kale, lemon and green apples SO fresh and energising!)

When hungry I chug down a massive superfood smoothie (in summer) or sprouted bread with 1 avocado and various seaweeds like nori sprinkled on top (in winter).

Lunch is fruit followed by massive salad action (always with fats and protein to feel satisfied) in summer. When its cooler either a roast veg, chickpea and brown/wild rice warm salad, a red lentil dahl, a raw soup (raw soup doesnt mean cold! it can be slightly warmed) or a cooked soup.

Dinner is the most varied but always super nutritious and yummy (the kids will definitely tell me its not up to par!!) Right now the family is loving slow cooked coconut almond veges and pumpkin & kumara fritters, always served with a truckload of greens!!

I always have a marine phytoplankton for an Omega 3 hit and various tonics to really amp up the health.

A calming chamomile tea with raw honey is essential for me to wind down before bed.

Thats a whole lot of goodness in a day!

Do you have any nutritional advice for anyone undergoing treatment for breast cancer?

A sound guideline is to always listen to your bodys signs and signals. Eating in a real, raw and wild way actually sharpens your intuition and ability to tune in. Nourishing the body with pure & clean foods like organic vegetables, pure water, seaweeds, leafy greens, sprouts, some nuts, seeds, superfoods and herbs, getting gentle movement, sunshine and quality sleep are health fundamentals.

And how do you relax?

Im a HOT YOGA junkie!! Instant bliss! In fact, I start to get cranky if I dont get a regular yoga hit!

Favourite recipe that would sustain body and soul?

Ooh! Thats hard, there are SO many! Right now, I am loving Cashew Nut Hot Chocolate. Its warming and nourishing and importantly DELISH!!


Cashew Nut Hot Chocolate Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup cashew nuts

1 cup filtered water

pinch of salt

3 tbsns maple syrup

1/4 cup cacao powder

Method:

  1.  Blend ingredients in blender or food processor
  2.  Heat over low heat on stove top until just warm
  3.  Serve and enjoy!

***  note from ME on this one!!  I loved this recipe through winter and Im carrying it through to spring as a cold drink over ice!!  NOM NOM!! ***

Monica Caligiuri is a Food and Nutrition Coach passionate about energising peoples lives and bodies through high quality nutrition.  She offers 1 to 1 consultations that include a nutritional assessment and plan tailored to each persons unique needs.  Find her at www.realrawwild.com.au

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