Starting Chemo October 2021
I am starting chemo on October 6th and thought I'd start a discussion thread for others who may be in the same boat. I am doing dose dense AC followed by weekly taxol. I'm still trying to get used to the idea that I actually have cancer, so chemo is still very much a word more than a reality, but I am trying my best to prepare for it even though 20% of my brain still thinks this entire thing is a very realistic game of sadistic make-believe. I'm 42, physically fit, and have no history of any health problems whatsoever, so this one really came out of left field. The mastectomy wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, though, so I'm sure hoping chemo will also be less terrifying than it is in my head.
To get the ball rolling, my top question is whether anyone else is considering acupuncture to control the nausea. I've consulted with two oncologists and one seems to think it's very effective and can help you avoid having to take the anti-nausea meds, while the other thinks it can be helpful but is no substitute for the meds, which she says I'll still need to take anyway. Any thoughts on this?
2nd question. The dietary guidelines the oncologists are giving me are sending my head spinning. Sugar free, gluten free, no poultry, eggs, soy, dairy, or processed foods. Well, that eliminates about 60% of what I eat and 90% of what I actually like to eat, so.... Trying to think of recipes. Anybody have anything they particularly like that includes basically nothing besides plant proteins, fish, vegetables, and fruit? My first attempt at this is to overhaul breakfast since chicken-apple sausage and eggs or fruit crepes and chai lattes were our breakfast staples, all of which fall into the "inflammatory foods" category. Here's what I've come up with that I find reasonably satisfying for a regular morning meal.
Steel cut oats (need to make it the night before to make it practical, but it's easy to cook up in a big pot and lasts for a few days)
Mix in some oat milk (which is naturally sweet with just oats and water, no added sugar necessary) and heat in the microwave for a minute or so.
Throw in some berries (antioxidants) and any other fruits you like.
Add some walnuts
Spice it up with cinnamon and nutmeg.
This takes me about 10 minutes in the morning to make and my teenagers will happily join me for breakfast. The oat milk makes it a little creamy and adds some sweetness to it, so nobody has even whined about the lack of honey that previously played a large role in our family's attempts at oatmeal.
Sending healing thoughts to all of those out there who may be on this path with me.