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Hospice for Cancer Warrior

Our Mom, Jackie, the Cancer Warrior at a recent Chemotherapy doctor’s checkup was told that the doctor will not give her any more chemotherapy.  This is after the last checkup about six months ago where he told her that since she was feeling fine that no chemotherapy was needed, he wanted her to wait until the stage four cancer tumors grew and were causing problems.  So now that the tumors are growing and are causing problems the doctor says it’s too risky to give her chemotherapy so he won’t.  What gives?!

She was a bit shocked then mad at this turn of events.  I, on the other hand, was okay with that since I wanted her to focus on the alternative options and the chemotherapy would make her sicker during the course of the treatment.  So now that option is off the table, easier decision…

So the chemotherapy doctor set up an in-home Hospice doctor visit and we learned that there are some good things about going on Hospice and some not so good.
The good:
Hospice will pay for pain medicines.
Hospice will bring in home aids to help with personal care like bathing and eating.

The not so good:
You can’t get a blood transfusion while on Hospice.
You can’t do any sort of “aggressive” treatments like any surgeries.

Then after a visit with her FABULOUS primary care physician we talked over Hospice and all it’s ramifications.  She decided again not to go on Hospice yet.  Her previous doctors have been wanting her to go on Hospice for the last two years.  So she decided to wait until she can no longer care for herself in the bathroom.  Her breathing is still good, her kidneys are fine, her blood counts are fine, her pain controlled and her energy is great.  We credit her liquid nutrition program that she is on for the energy and blood work.  We are so happy that we found the program, it is so quick and easy to keep her nutrition intake high.

GMO Foods and Us

I’ve been hearing a lot about genetically modified foods throughout all the past years of nutrition study with the Cancer Warrior.  Withover 85% of all corn, soybeans and cotton being GMO that translates into over 70% of processed foods containing GMO.  A number of studies have shown that GMO foods contribute to increased cancer rates among many other problems.  The government hasn’t done anything to control this growing concern although in Europe GMO foods have been banned from grocery store shelves. 

Download this booklet of GMO foods and take it with you when you got to the store.  Vote with your grocery dollars and we’ll get these frankenstein foods out of there quick.  Don’t forget to tell the manager that you are not buying this brand because it contains GMO food.

Here’s a link to the True Food Now website with more information.

Cancer Warrior’s Daughter Shares Story


In this video, Rose Ragan shares a bit of her story about why this website came about.

Nutrition Video – Liquid Nutrition for the Cancer Patient


As the video illustrates there are a lot of side effects from chemotherapy. Dr. Cathcart talks a bit about avoiding the side effects with good nutrition and suggests:
1. more frequent smaller meals
2. drink an hour before and an hour after eating to allow digestive juices to stay at full strength
3. you can take vitamins and minerals that may help side effects of chemotherapy and also may help enhance the treatment itself

Further discussion from Rose Ragan
Two of the most worrisome side effects of chemotherapy are excessive weight loss and the loss of appetite. Lots of patients undergoing treatment do not want to eat much and so it becomes harder to boost the nutrition intake. With supernutritious liquid products getting better nutrition becomes that much easier.

Please comment and share your own viewpoint.

Death by Eating


Natalie, who is a dietician student talks about working in a hospital and seeing so many people who by the choices that they have made with regard to eating, are very sick.  Bottom line:  don’t wait until tragedy strikes to make positive changes.

During these past few years since the Cancer Warrior Mom has started her battle against cancer, we (the entire family) have been researching, reading, asking, learning, searching for everything pertaining to fighting cancer at it’s source.  We have made many changes and have learned some incredible facts.

On thing that hits me so often is that oftentimes most of the folks that have changed their diets for the good only do it after something bad happens.  The ones that don’t yet have any bad conditions seem to be too busy to make any changes or they think that what they are doing is good enough, they can always change later on if they need to.  But this is not the case!  Later on can be too little, too late!  People really do have to start making changes now, slowly if they need to, but they need to start immediately.  There is a saying

“Most people overestimate what they can do in a year, and underestimate what they can do in a decade.” 

Well this is so true.  If you listen or read or keep up on the latest health discoveries (or re-discoveries.. but that is for another post) then look for ways to implement positive changes into your diet, you will, over time, be massively different than if you made no changes.  And if you keep getting the message that something that you do or eat is a definite bad one, then really think how and when you can make the BIG change and get that bad habit out of your life.  Look for other like-minded people to help and support you.

To your health,
The Cancer Warrior Mom and her daughters

Hospice Bounce Back

Ok so every doctor from all three states now agree that the Cancer Warrior should go on hospice.  So it’s been a few days and we’re getting the first visits of the home health nurse, the LVN, the RN, the pastor, the advisor, the drug delivery men, the equipment delivery guys, and the social worker. 

Our Cancer Warrior Mom has been feeling really great that she’s taken all her paperwork out and is organizing it all.  There are piles of folders all over the floor and she has something new for me to do everytime I walk in the room.

Nutrition During Cancer Treatments

Nutrition During Cancer Treatments

By Crystal Brown-Tatum

When diagnosed with cancer, the dietary goals for most healthy Americans can drastically change; especially during and after cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. There are many side effects to cancer treatments which may affect your appetite including loss of appetite, changes in taste and smell, dental and gum problems, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and lactose intolerance.

Colon cancer survivor Linda Dotie realized that nutrition was vital during treatment. Despite losing twelve pounds during chemotherapy and radiation, she forced herself to eat even when she had little or no appetitite. “I made a conscious effort to eat a balanced meal. I began reading a lot about what I could and should eat.”

Since Dotie was being treated for colon cancer, she avoided red meat and increased her chicken and fish intake. She also found that fresh fruits upset her stomach so she avoided them.

Nutrition recommendations for cancer patients are different because they are designed to help you build your strength and help you withstand the effects of your cancer and your treatment. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the main goal before, during, and after treatments is to maintain adequate calories for weight maintenance and adequate protein to optimize your immune system, strength, and tolerance to treatments.

Dr. Alan Grosbach and Diane Talley, RN, OCN, of Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, confirm that cancer patients face unique challenges with diet and appetite; particularly during chemotherapy. Dr. Grossbach says that keeping a line of communication open with patients is key to identifying nutritional deficiencies.

“In addition to a visual assessment and weigh in schedule, I make it a point to talk to patients about their diet and appetite. I’m also on the lookout for types of cancer which more often cause lack of appetite such as liver or intestinal cancers.” Grossbach says that the most common complaint during chemotherapy is that foods taste different and textures may be unpleasant.

In addition to changes in taste, mouth sores are a common complaint during treatment. Talley recommends a “magic mouthwash” of equal parts of maalox, benadryl, carfate, viscous lidocaine swished and spit out to relieve the pain associated with the sores. The mouthwash can be ordered through a compunding pharmacy.

Next to getting enough calories in the first place, the most important nutritional rule for people with cancer is to focus on getting a well-balanced, healthy diet from natural sources, including fruits and vegetables, with a heavy emphasis on protein. Patients can increase protein in their diets by eating more nuts, peas, milk, cheese, eggs, peanut butter and poultry.

Claudine Schmidt, M.S., LDN, RD, with Willis-Knighton Health System, works with patients on an individual basis to determine food plans based on types of cancer and treatments. “During treatment, healthy cells are damaged and protein is needed to repair the cells and tissues and aid in the healing process. An increased caloric intake is vital for energy as the metabolic rate increases during treatment.”

Schmidt acknowledges that there may be times when patients simply feel that they can not tolerate anything by mouth. In addition to ginger ale and waiting 45 minutes to have liquids after a meal, she suggests giving it your best attempt to eat something light as bananas, rice, applesauce, tea, and dry toast,; commonly referred to as the BRAT diet. The BRAT diet consists of foods that are relatively bland, easy to digest, and low in fiber.

Schmidt points out that cancers of the neck or mouth heighten a patient’s lowered appetite or ability to eat and recommends clear liquid nutritional supplements.

When you’re being treated for cancer, it’s more important than ever to eat a healthy diet and get good nutrition. Eating the right foods before, during, and after your treatment can help you feel better and stronger. Remember, your body is working overtime to fight the cancer and to repair healthy cells that may have been damaged as a side effect of treatments like chemotherapy and radiation.

Mrs. Crystal Brown-Tatum is the CEO and President of Crystal Clear Communications- a Houston based advertising agency and public relations firm with whose portfolio boasts work for Fortune 500 companies including Intel, Wal-mart, Comp USA, Best Buy and Audi. She is a one-year breast cancer survivor.

Comments by Rose Ragan

Crystal Brown-Tatum pointed out correctly that it is very important to get enough calories of the most natural source and especially during treatment as the metabolic rate increases. The trouble with consuming more good food is that the patient is used to eating certain foods and there is a definite correlation to health and eating patterns. So some if not most patients are not necessarily changing their diet for the better but are just trying to eat more of their existing diet/

Most cancer patients need to make some drastic changes in their diets. This is the time to find better ways of eating and changing what foods are actually consumed.

Adding in an easy supernutritious liquid is easy.

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