Somebody asked me what effect all this was having “when I went to the toilet” and I get asked all the time “How are you feeling” so as I’ve being doing this regime for nearly 2 months now I thought I’d do an update on how I’m feeling and what effects this is having on me (though I’ll keep the description of my bodily functions short!).
I’ve been on the raw, vegan, no-dairy diet for around 8 or 9 weeks and have been through a number of phases. Initially I found I was hungry and also that it is a time consuming job preparing the amount of food and juice that I need to give me a decent amount of calories and a good balance of protein etc. After a couple of weeks or so I started feeling dreadful and went through about a fortnight of feeling weaker and a bit ill. I’d had some notice of this as evidently the combined effects of the diet and immune system boosters cause your body to de-tox; and the way your body does this is to put all the toxins into your blood stream so that they can be processed and got rid of in the a natural way, all these toxins in your blood stream make you feel pretty unwell! Its generally referred to as a “healing crisis”.
As my body started getting rid of the toxins I did experience some interesting movements! My stools were various strange colours and I was somewhat more regular than usual, my urine at one point was a vivid orange yet I was drinking about 2 litres of filtered water everyday. I was quite worried for a short while that all the stories of B17 poisoning your body were actually true but after a couple of weeks my bodily functions returned to normal.
The most difficult aspect of all of this is the fact that at the moment if I don’t feel well in some way I have no idea what may be causing it. Apparently it can take a year or more to get over the effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and I only finished that treatment in early November 2014. I had pretty major surgery in August 2014 and before it really had time to heal properly I started having the radiotherapy and chemotherapy, so as the effects of those treatments wears off my neck and right hand side of my head is starting to heal again properly. I’ve radically changed my diet and I’m taking quite a large amount of vitamins and immune system boosters as well as B17. Oh yes! and I have cancer, evidently a particularly aggressive form of cancer as well, although my oncologist has said he has no idea how quickly or slowly it is spreading. The cancer will cause some debilitation at some point but I’ve no idea what form this will take or when it will occur.
So when I don’t feel well, what do I attribute it to? Recovery from surgery? Recovery from radiotherapy? Recovery from chemotherapy? The de-tox effects of the diet? Side effects of all the supplements I’m taking? Metastasised stage 4 cancer?
So a couple of months into the regime I know how I’m feeling but I don’t know what to attribute anything to and I don’t know if its having any effect on my cancer. How am I feeling? I ‘m actually feeling pretty well and I’m sure I’m getting stronger, I’m sailing reasonably regularly and have started cycling to the hospital and into town rather than getting the bus. I find that minor scratches heal up amazingly quickly and my skin is extremely clean and smooth. I’m a bit forgetful and I’ve been worried that on top of everything else I may have dementia but evidently forgetfulness is a common side effect of both radiotherapy and chemotherapy, also the radiotherapy was concentrated on the side of my head up to my temple so it must have had some detrimental effect on whatever brain cells haven’t been killed by my previous alcohol intake. I get a bit shot of breath when exercising but this is improving, if I’m inactive I tend to fall asleep particularly after a meal. I’m not losing any weight at all but I am losing some fat around my middle, during my treatment I lost about two and a half stone and then put a stone back on from November to March and I’ve been a consistent 13 stone since then.
As far as the regime goes, I’m getting used to the amount of my day it takes up and as I’ve given up doing any work I have the time. Taking all the supplements is becoming a chore particularly when some have to be taken two hours after others and I forget. But I’m never hungry and enjoy the variety of food that I’m eating, its amazing what can be put into salads and the variety of tastes and textures that can be achieved.
The next thing I have to do is sort out the third part of the regime which I shall call “Getting my head right”.