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.
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.
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.