I’d like to start out by thanking everyone that commented on my first post. I appreciate your attention and time. ‘The Space Between’ contest is still on for a bit. Any other thoughts on that title are welcome.
The other day I started using Picasa. It’s a photo editing tool from Google. You can do a lot of fun stuff with your digital pictures. You can organize, label, make collages, make web albums for sharing and many other fun features that I’m sure I’m not even aware of yet. The first time I used it, I noticed it was scanning my computer for images to group into folders. One of the cool things it does when it finds pictures is scan all the faces on those pictures, then it groups them in a special place for you to label. It’s pretty cool to see a grouping of pictures of one person’s face. The different expressions they have, how they may change over time and so on. So I was looking at the face pictures of me and two of them were side by side. One was pre-cancer and one was post-cancer. There was quite a difference. The obvious loss of weight made me think about my struggle to get and keep good nutrients in my body while I was going through Chemo and Radiation. First have a look at the pictures.
Radiation and chemo destroy good cells along with cancer cells. Let’s think about what someone’s body is going through in a time like this. The body is fighting off the cancer cells as it is trying to repair the healthy cells that are getting damaged from the treatment. Your body expends a lot of energy to accomplish this almost conflicting goal. Fight and Save, Fight and Save. Good nutrition is necessary for the body to create the energy to accomplish all it had to do. I had to consciously remind myself of this throughout my treatments. Even with all this effort to get nutrition in my body, I was losing weight at an alarming rate. If I had to endure another few weeks of treatment, I’m not sure I could have kept up the nutrition part without the help of a feeding tube.
Besides the obvious advantage of getting rid of the cancer I did have a few other good things happen as a result of the treatments. I am more aware and can appreciate good nutrition. Every day I pack my lunch for work, the main part of it is fruits and vegetables. It’s the same with my breakfast. I’m more aware of what we give to our kids to eat too. Convenience is nice but rarely the healthiest choice. We cook at home almost all nights. Lastly, I got off my blood pressure medicine. Probably because the weight drop, but it’s like I’ve been given a second chance to keep my body healthy. I’m not going to waste that chance.
Think of nutrition like your financial emergency fund. You don’t know when you’ll need it so build up while you can. You don’t know when you are going to put your body though the ringer, so keep it healthy now.