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Jan 9, 2019 11:55AM
Argghh, I just wrote a really long post to you all and managed to delete it! Forgive me for summarising!
Happy New Year to one and all!
I wanted to get involved in some of the interesting discussions that have been filling the pages of this thread recently.
On vegan-ism. Surely many aspects of this "new" trend towards meat/dairy-free eating are to be applauded - but everyone comes with their own worries about certain illnesses, often based on what has been prevalent in their family, and, in that respect, I'm not convinced that going dairy-free would be best for me. My grandmother died young of bowel cancer, and this has always been the cancer than my dad's side of the family has been most concerned about. Research suggests that dairy has a protective effect against colorectal cancer(and in fact pre-menopausal breast cancer) although it is not clear if this is due to something specific in the milk or the high amount of calcium. I was directed towards the following link by an epidemiologist friend.
https://www.wcrf.org/dietandcancer/exposures/meat-...which I found interesting in what it says about meat and dairy. If the men in my family had a strong history of prostate cancer, I might think differently about milk.
Strangely, the report does not have too much to say on jellied eels! (I have eel occasionally when down in Aldeburgh - I rather like it actually!)
My understanding (which may well be erroneous) is that dairy milk is the most bioavailable form of calcium (i.e. the most easily absorbed in the body), and so it is good for people with osteoporosis. Again, this is something that runs in my mother's side of the family and I am thus concerned about for myself.
It is indeed hard to unpick all the convoluted strands that make up dietary advice! I guess the worst thing we can do is become too stressed about it all - and , surely, eating more fruit/veg/legumes/nuts/seeds must only be a good thing. I must try harder on this front!
Anyone considering eyebrow tattoos, you might want to google Micro scalp pigmentation for eyebrows. It is a sort of "medical" tattoo: but much less painful and invasive than normal tattoos.
MSP is mostly used for scalps,and I have had it done to camouflage the parts where my hair is thinning (I've always had very fine hair, but it has got noticeably thinner since having my children). It basically gives the impression of "hair just starting to grow in the hair follicles" and has helped to lessen the contrast between my hair and pale scalp, thus making it look thicker overall. I think it would work very well for sparse eyebrows, and may recommend it to my mother if hers do to grow back well.
My mother continues to do well on the paclitaxol-she is just much more tired than normal and gets a bit of bone ache from time to time. She has just completed her 6th infusion.
I've been suffering with a rather embedded sinus infection for about 6 weeks now, so haven't been able to help my mum as much. That said, she hasn't really needed much help. Any advice on sinuses? Antibiotics haven't worked and am now reverting to "at-home" remedies: resting more, steaming and drinking as much as possible.
Gill- good luck with your next round of chemo, which starts on 10th I think (but don't worry too much if it delayed. Over the course of my mother's chemo, there have been a number of delays,and the oncologists have always said it does not really affect the efficacy of the drugs).
Anyway, thank you as ever to all the nice people who keep this thread going. I will pop in from time to time..In the meantime, I hope you can all keep your heads down amid this Brexit craziness and enjoy the first snowdrops and aconites that are starting to appear..
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