In the last seven days, I’ve achieved many ‘firsts’. Because my diagnosis requires me to make some big life changes, I’ve learnt some new tricks – online, in the kitchen, in meditation, and emotionally speaking.
I bought some things off eBay for the first time. Nothing very exciting by most people’s standards, but I’m quite excited about these new toys. When they arrive, my Prill Beads will alkalise, energise, cluster and anti-oxidise my filtered water for a fraction of the cost of most water-alkalising units. We’re talking $60 verses $2000+. Because cancer thrives in an acidic environment, I want to alkalise my body as much as possible. And what better way than by drinking three litres of anti-cancer water each day!
I launched my own blog for the first time, namely this site. Although, I must admit, I didn’t actually do anything. My wonderfully kind and talented friend John organised it all, I just wrote the words. I don’t have a FaceBook page, or a mobile, so the chances of me figuring it out on my own were pretty slim. Now I can write to my heart’s content, keep you all updated on my progress, and avoid cluttering up your inboxes (and mine, with 101 email replies).
I sprouted mung beans for the first time. This was pretty cool to watch as, when the thin white roots started to grow, it looked like the beans had worms. Don’t worry, they tasted better than they looked – really fresh and super nutritious. Sure beats paying supermarket prices too.
I abandoned my vegan ways for the first time in 18 months. I’ve been protein deficient and 10 kg underweight for awhile now, but couldn’t figure out where I was going wrong. Then I saw an Ayervedic practitioner, who said I wasn’t digesting legumes well. That explains it. I was eating bucketloads of dahl, but to no avail. So I’m back on organic eggs, wild ocean catch fish (not farmed), organic goat cheese and sheep yoghurt, but only in very small amounts. My diet is still 70% raw foods, with most of my protein coming from plant foods.
I made cream for the first time. Not from dairy, but from raw nuts and seeds. According to Ayurvedic medicine, the human stomach can’t absorb the nutrients from whole nuts and seeds, but if you dry-grind them and rehydrate them, then add enzymes in the form of raw honey, yoghurt and tamarind paste, then they are much easier to digest. I tried some carob-sesame seed cream and it was unbelievably good. Felt like I was eating chocolate icing straight out of the mixing bowl.
I made congee for the first time. This ‘first’ wasn’t as successful as the eBay and sprouting ventures, as we didn’t have all the right ingredients and tried to make-do. Plus we made double the recipe, which meant it took twice as long to cook – 12 hours instead of six, on low heat! Definitely not worth the wait. It was pretty tasteless. But once you added flavouring, it was quite good. Technically, cancer patients shouldn’t eat any grains at all, unless they are very weak, which I am. So I’m allowed a rice congee dinner a couple of times a week, to help me put on weight.
I tried walking meditation for the first time. According to Ayurvedic medicine, this helps dispel rebel chi, or energy. It’s also good for the lymphatic system if you’re too tired to go for a walk around the block – which I often am. There’s quite a few mudras – hand postures – to go with it too. I keep getting mixed up between the Prana, Tiger, Sword and Dragon mudras, but hopefully I’ll get the hang of it soon.
I took my nose stud out for the first (and last) time. This was a bit hair-raising as it took an hour, with two pairs of jewellery pliers. One was to hold the backing inside the nostril, the other was to unscrew the silver ball on the outside. After an hour of unscrewing, we lost patience and snapped the silver ball off. But then the backing wouldn’t slide out. It seems my nostril wall had thickened over seven years of piercing-induced irritation. Could we pull it out without drawing blood from the severed point on top? Initially, no. Then, one final twist and turn, pulled the darn thing, complete with boogers on the end. Hooray! After that ordeal, I’m never, ever, piercing anything again.
I also tried an emotional-cleansing technique for the first time. They say that cancer patients often have a ‘cancer personality’. That is, they are nice and extremely likeable, because they bottle up their emotions without expressing them. Basically, the technique I’m doing is a form of psychotherapy. Considering I’ve never seen a counsellor once during my four years of cancer treatment, it was about time. By practicing this technique three times daily, I aim to be emo-free. Because if emotional issues are contributing to my cancer, I’m going to have to express my feelings in ways other than writing.
I dropped to 42 kg for the first time. This isn’t a first I’m actually proud of. Now I’m 13 kg underweight! That what happens when you try and self-diagnose, diet-wise. Thankfully my Ayurvedic specialist has written me a diet plan to give me more protein, build my blood, balance out my hormones and give me more energy.
As you can see, it’s been a steep learning curve for me over the last couple of weeks. But I know there’ll be many more ‘firsts’ over the ensuing months. I’m just trying to crack the water, diet and juicing thing first. (I’m getting a new juicer that makes raw fruit and vegie soups). Then I can focus on supplements. Then I can focus on treatments. They say change is stressful, and that it’s best to adapt slowly. With my low energy levels, about 35% capacity, I couldn’t go any faster if I tried! Yep, the next six months are going to be challenging. But if it results in me being the first person I know (personally) to cure themselves of cancer, then it’ll have definitely paid off.