Radiation Graduation

Today was my final day of radiation. I also have a one month reprieve from chemotherapy. I feel very good in all respects. This is all good news. I’ve graduated from Radiation-101.

green and orange juice

Veg/fruit juice with wheat grass juice, poured Black-and-Tan style

On a light note, it’s very appropriate that today is Halloween. The spooky part of my story is that I feel myself going through a transformation not unlike someone who is bitten by a werewolf or vampire. Internal, external and mental changes are happening.

For instance, I broke my rules and ate a bit of beef — a juicy t-bone steak. My taste buds recognized the familiar flavor of tasty fat. The rest of my system however let me know that it didn’t appreciate this unauthorized activity. I could only eat three bites. I had Brussels sprouts sauteed with some delicious apple wood smoked bacon, dry rubbed with maple and molasses. I found myself pushing the greasy bits of meat to the side.

steak

Beef course from the chef's table dinner at No. 246 in Decatur, GA. The fish and veggie courses were incredible.

I used to LOVE eating meat! Now I can discern the difference between first and second cuttings of wheat grass juice. What is happening to me!?

I guess I’m getting healthy. I don’t even crave a cold beer. And, the love handles I’ve been working on for years are quickly disappearing.

The next episode

We leave for Chicago tomorrow (Nov. 1) to begin the ICT-107 clinical trial.  While medications and radiation seem to have done me no harm so far, I continue to question whether experimenting with drugs is the right path. Could the answer to this cancer simply be nutrition and lifestyle. There are many people who think so. But they don’t have the money, power and influence that pharmaceutical companies have. Guess I’ll just continue to do it all for now.

My first MRI will be on November 21st. My suspense is starting to build.

Happy Halloween.

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6 responses to “Radiation Graduation”

  1. sharon says :

    Congrats on completing radiation, you have amazed me with your incredible attitude, discipline and success. Good luck tomorrow, hope to see you two soon!

  2. rex peters says :

    “Now I can discern the difference between first and second cuttings of wheat grass juice.” ROTFLMAO!

  3. blake says :

    way to go Ken. thanks for keeping us updated. thinking of you every day.

  4. Hlee says :

    We think of you often Ken and you have no idea how much your experience and words inspire us to reconsider a whole host of things in our daily life that we otherwise just do without thinking. Thanks for sharing your journey.

  5. Andrew Clackum says :

    I’m feeling a bit on edge… not really knowing if you served us a shot of first cut or second cut of wheat grass. That being said, if it was a second cut, the first must be Really good! However, I can’t help but add that environment can and will make a difference to everything! Miss you, Bro! Keep on keeping on!

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