Week 1 down


I am in the middle of Week 2 of expensive chemical extravaganza and things are going surprisingly well, actually. Except “my hair hurting” around the scar, I can’t think of any other physiological changes. I am kind of celebrating and kind of not, as things can get worse as we progress – but today they are great! I have no nausea, no fatigue, my white blood cells are normal, still have all my hair – so hallelujah!

The routine is simple and somehow I manage to fill out my days with focusing on me and things I haven’t done in a while (besides the radiation procedures that I never wanted to do in the first place). I am back home at 930 am from the radiation, listened to the NYT Daily podcast in the car already. Make myself a breakfast when I get back as I don’t like to be lying down with food/coffee in my stomach and mask over my face. I watch an hour of Declassified or Handsmaid’s Tale on Hulu/Netflix, then go to gym or long walk or do some quick errands on the computer (pay my ongoing medical bills, start looking for summer camps, call a plumber), have lunch with B who works at home now or go meet a friend for lunch, read a few chapters of an actual book without falling asleep, wait for Mia at her bus stop, go for a walk with one of the kids or do project/homework/activity, dinner, some TV show with the kids, chemo pill – done.

I moved to keto diet which has kept me busy. The whole idea is that instead of sugars/carbs producing energy for my body, we turn to fat doing that in my body. Which means high fat/low carb and low-sugar intake. Surprisingly, we have actually followed the high fat/real food diet before and still are to some extent – nuts, my homemade beef broth, leafy vegetables, fish, etc…. what’s harder is the stuff you have to give up – pasta, potatoes, most of fruit, bread, juices, anything that has sugar added (which is almost EVERYTHING!). We don’t eat processed food so that is not a problem to eliminate. I have been craving a bit of bread and sweets but found some recipes to make them low-carb so good replacements. Why am I doing this? There is research that cancer cells feed on glucose so I am trying to get my body to the state of ketosis where it starts producing ketones as it processes all the fat – and no sugar. Hence, starve those cancer cells, hit them with some chemo to weaken them more and then burn them down with the radiation – that’s the plan! It sure takes a lot of thinking to know what I can eat but if it helps, it’s worth it. Can’t really hurt!

Here is what I eat now:

I am also realizing how helpful it is to be at home during this phase. I didn’t see how much stress I was absorbing at work – and that is completely gone. I don’t think about work (thanks to my fantastic colleagues, team that are just plugging along) and it is like I peeled a layer of stress away. I can truly focus on getting better – mentally and physically. I lost 6 lbs with all the gym/keto already, not because of nausea 🙂 Mentally, I am confident we are on the right path, have all the data I need so don’t dwell on what ifs and what will be in a few years. This is the cards I got handed and will work through it. Day by day, week by week.

5 comments

  1. I’m happy to hear it’s going well. I think of you often and look forward to these updates to get an idea of how you’re doing without me being intrusive. Take care, strength and balance. Positive thoughts

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  2. I’ve been waiting to see how your first full week went, and I’m so happy that things are going better than expected! Keep up all of your great activities, including the important focus on your health (versus work).

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  3. You are always on my mind…so glad the first week has gone well. You always approach everything with such vigor, planning and creativity, while gathering all the information….you are a rockstar!

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  4. Misha, glad to hear that things went well with 1st week treatment. Keto diet seems interesting. Please share any books you have found interesting. Good to hear your work colleagues are able to support. Take care. Hello to your family. All the best. Cheers

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  5. Hello – Very Happy to hear and read about your journey. Interesting about the new way to eat. All the best to you and thank you so much for sharing!!!

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