The big C, the aftermath

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    Jul 04, 2013 1:46 PM GMT
    So, I am currently battling the big c, cancer. The details arent important, but upon finding out all of my health has gone to shit. Naturally, my body is fighting infections from new surgeries every two weeks, and with prognosis so excellent (I'm very lucky I know) ill have my last surgery in the coming week.

    My body is beat, and why I started this thread? I need to regain my health and wellness, and more importantly my life. What are some vitamins or supplements you guys take for well being, sleep aid, general health crap. And I'll be restarting my weight loss journey as the stress has caused me to buy so many bags of Doritos; I could've singlehandedly supported the companies stocks.

    *disclaimer - please no "I'm sorry"s, you didn't give it to me, so don't be. A positive mental attitude is greatly appreciated, and your input is appreciated even more.*
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    Jul 04, 2013 3:31 PM GMT
    They say soon everyone will live long enough to get cancer. People should be engarde from an early age.
    Regardless, you're much too young to go through something so serious and although your positive attitude is impressive, I still feel anger that you had to experience this.
    Life is not for the fragile.
    That said, only your doctor can tell you the fastest way to complete recovery.
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    Jul 04, 2013 4:10 PM GMT
    You don't tell us the kind of cancer, or the treatment you've undergone. I would think those are factors that may impact answers to your questions, since one size doesn't fit all. And naturally, your doctors, nutritionists, physical therapists and other professionals familiar with cancer patients might be your best resource.

    In my case, not yet a verified cancer survivor at 1 year following the end of my treatment, my problem is weight gain and therefore diet control. My therapy included hormone suppression, which made me put on pounds, rather than lose them, and zapped my strength & stamina, left me totally beat.

    So what's your case? Weight loss? Eat like a horse, I guess, and revel in the indulgence, but wisely. Exercise often as much as you can, without overly exerting yourself and overdoing it, which can set you back.

    I took up golf in the middle of my cancer treatment, not so much for the exercise as for the psychological factor. I was saying I'm gonna live through this, and the act of investing in a long-term commitment, with golf clubs, lessons, studying, and all the accompaniments of this sport, was an affirmation that I had a future ahead of me. My life wasn't yet a dead end, on which I had given up, but I still had years ahead of me. (And BTW, I've come to love golf icon_biggrin.gif )

    I also bicycle. Last November I rode 165 miles down to Key West for an HIV/AIDS fundraiser. I was the oldest rider (unusual, because in the past I've been like 6th, guys in their 70s participating, but not that time), and also one of the most infirm. And that's another way I psychologically overcome my disabilities, both ordinary and cancer.

    Not that you should exceed what's good for you, as I noted above, let your doctors advise you, never overdo things and hurt yourself. But setting goals for yourself, even modest ones, and making plans for the future that ideally integrate with therapeutic objectives, as mine do, is what I recommend.

    Best wishes to you, and please keep us informed on your progress.
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    Jul 04, 2013 7:39 PM GMT
    I'm a big believer in vitamin C. I take 250 mg twice a day, with meals and a multivitamin once a day. Don't go overboard with the vitamins, they can cause problems if taken in excess. Avoid foods with added sugar. Melatonin just before bedtime to ensure I don't lie awake.
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    Jul 06, 2013 4:33 AM GMT
    It's a pretty rare form of penile cancer, linked to HPV. I'm not going to say I'm not upset, because I am. I've missed doing a lot of things I love because I'm bleeding.

    Treatment is as follows, electrocautery of the urethra (if you don't know what this means you're better off) and some chemo. Prognosis is really positive, though risk of it returning is high. Same as testicular if not more severe. Apparently this is so rare the doctor tested the "tumors" 5 times.

    I'm a rock climber, though climbing puts pressure in all the wrong places, and frequently ill leak blood in public, from fear of embarrassment I haven't climbed in 4 months, which has me going through withdrawals.

    My question wasn't "how do I recover from this" it was more "How do you guys recover from anything that tbones you on your path to perfect health."
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    Jul 06, 2013 4:34 AM GMT
    Lumpynose saidI'm a big believer in vitamin C. I take 250 mg twice a day, with meals and a multivitamin once a day. Don't go overboard with the vitamins, they can cause problems if taken in excess. Avoid foods with added sugar. Melatonin just before bedtime to ensure I don't lie awake.


    Awesome! Thank you, I've heard too much melatonin can cause night terrors, have you changed brands and experienced this or anything? Or have my sources been talking out of their ass? Wouldn't be the first time icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 06, 2013 5:44 AM GMT
    I decided to try it because I usually have problems getting to sleep if I have to set the alarm in order to get up before I normally wake up; I stress easily apparently.

    I also can't sleep in any bed other than my own. Same thing; can't fall asleep. After about 4 days of being exhausted I finally fall asleep that night. So I wanted to try melatonin to see how I feel.

    Maybe your sources were taking a brand that has valerian and other stuff in it. Were they really taking it or was it just rumors? Mine is just plain melatonin. I've only just started so I can't say about any weird side effects.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melatonin

    Wishing you good luck with your recovery.
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    Jul 06, 2013 4:42 PM GMT
    I've been summoned. I feel like Brigadoon awaking for a day.

    I'm a survivor of late Stage 3/early Stage 4 cancer. I stopped my therapy 3/4 of the way thru because I couldn't stand it any more. I do not advocate stopping treatment if you can tolerate it. I do strongly advocate eating well, especially your veggies. Some veggies are better than others in supporting your immune system to fight cancer. Since you say your cancer has a high probability of coming back, getting your mine system in shape to provide your own personal internal cancer therapy may be of interest.

    Check put the food list on the site, World's Healthiest Foods.

    http://whfoods.com/foodstoc.php

    In particular, read up on the cruciferous veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, kale, cabbage. Start reading with the article on Broccoli.

    Other foods anti cancer foods are tomatoes, carrots, onions, and garlic.

    But actually as you read thru the various foods, you see they all aid in fighting cancer if only by improving your overall health.

    One point about eating veggies. You have to eat a lot. Like two 2-cup serving of broccoli a week (or four half-cup servings).

    Another way to get a lot of fruits and veggies into your diet at the beginning is to juice them. A juicer is a good investment for your health right now. Your body needs a lot to turn itself around and heal.

    Some where on here I blogged my experience with my cancer. But that was long ago and far away.

    Good luck with your recovery. Be patient with yourself as your change your eating habits. It's a transition.

    If you have any questions for me, email me. I don't check RJ. (I see they've changed their logo.)