This will be a fairly short blog, since Iâ€™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 darlinâ€™ up and running for the day. I work well under pressure.
Iâ€™m going to touch on taste today. Not something you really think of and not something the doctors tend to address when theyâ€™re handing out that lovely list of side affects. The loss of taste isnâ€™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. Couldnâ€™t tell you to what degree I lost it because it was a gradual thing during the course of my treatment. Chocolate didnâ€™t taste good, for Godâ€™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. Youâ€™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 … â€œYOU ARE A CANCER WINNERâ€