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The Cancer Winner - Taste

This will be a fairly short blog, since I’m running late (screw the photo for today) and this is being written on the fly. My patented fifteen minutes time window before getting the little darlin’ up and running for the day. I work well under pressure.

I’m going to touch on taste today. Not something you really think of and not something the doctors tend to address when they’re handing out that lovely list of side affects. The loss of taste isn’t a huge issue given what a patient is going through with taking chemo, but it does have a lot to do with your appetite and keeping up your strength. During chemo, I pretty much lost my sense of taste. A bit disconcerting because I like the taste of food. Couldn’t tell you to what degree I lost it because it was a gradual thing during the course of my treatment. Chocolate didn’t taste good, for God’s sake. We’re talking sacrilege here.

I did find, however, that sticking with the stronger tastes helped. Dark chocolate saved me. Sweet foods and sour foods, peanut butter (great with protein, and necessary). Gatorade was good because of the electrolites (however you spell it). Pasta, red meats helped. Anything that was textured helped. I ate in smaller portions, but that was okay, too.

The thing is, you have to force yourself to eat. You cannot afford to lose strength when fighting cancer. You’ll feel sick to your stomach and the last thing you want to think about is eating … but you gotta. Best way to get well and kick cancer’s ass.

Repeat after me … “YOU ARE A CANCER WINNER”

2 Responses to “The Cancer Winner - Taste”

  1. Edie Says:

    Liz, that’s the chemo diet you talk about. Althoug it would be nice to lose ten pounds, not at the expense of losing my taste. Sigh.

    Do you have your taste back now?

  2. Liz Says:

    Yep … the ultimate diet. LOL. I personally wouldn’t recommend it, but I gotta say, its effective.

    My sense of taste has come back to a certain extent. There are still things that I ‘know’ tastes better than what I’m experiencing now, but you learn to live with it.

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