just thinking about you, hope you are doing well, Juicing or not. Hope your summer is going well.
- About: Wife and mother to 3 kids. I had a terrible pregnancy with last child (he is now 2.5 yrs old) and have had lasting physical issues (including 60 lbs weight gain postpartum). I homeschool and lately I just want to lie in bed all day and sleep. I hope a reboot will be the cure I need!
- Why I've Joined Reboot with Joe: I am trying to heal myself of a lot of physical issues and to lose weight.
its been a while since ive been online, been thinking of you. Hope all is well
well thank you, but to be honest I'm no inspiration. Ive been having a hard time this week sticking to my goals. It is one hurdle after another. I'm feeling very weak with willpower. On top of that i blew through all my produce and have to wait until next week to get more :( so im sorry to let you down Rhiannon, you truely are a hero to me on how strong you are.
I hope you have a good friday hun.
Tyler, I had a productive (sorta did some spring cleaning in my house) and was up until 3 visiting with my sister and husband (my husband was out of town for a work training near my sister and he brought her back for a visit!). Sorry I haven't replied sooner. I'm sorry you're having a hard time getting a solid start on this fast. I imagine a second or subsequent fast is quite hard compared to the first one. In fact, I am toying with the idea of going longer than 30 days to simply get a LONG one under my belt, in case I just can't commit to another long one.
I hope your Friday was better and today even better!
I hope this week is a good one for you, Tyler. Keep in touch if you can.
i work in a warehouse.. so im lifting heavy stuff all day. Probably kept me a little toned.
Half way there you go girl! !!! Im so very impressed how far you have come. You inspire me so much, thank you for that.
I hope you have a good day. Washington state is a little cold today... 38 degrees..hot tea is in order... lol.
Tyler, thanks for saying I inspire you! You inspire me!!! Thanks for posting the before/afters so I can remind myself it doesn't just work for Joe and Phil on the TV. ;-) I need to check out "chris beat cancer" (Is it the woman that made a documentary titled something like crazy sexy cancer? I remember it having an odd name like that and I believe her name is Chris.) I just spent 2 hours making a log on here (I put it in Free For All). 38!!!! BRRRRRRR I am in California -it's not THAT cold! But with fasting I am frozen. I am sitting in bed with laptop and electric blanket on. LOL My house is like 70 inside. Juice fast #2 will likely be held off for summer (then I can save on cooling costs). ;-) I am in an area that gets crazy HOT in summer. (112 kind of peak hot days)
and after my juice fast!!! Lol and a haircut.. hahah
Amazing how much you lost and toned up in just 30 days!!! I'm nearly 1/2 the way there and have only lost 9 pounds. :( I think it'd take a 90 day fast to get me down to similar female like results. :P But in my defense I did have 3 kids ;-) LOL
Before my 30 day juice fast... so ashamed...
towards the end of chemo
This is right after i was diagnosed
Well first off your kids, quite the cuties!!! My son is 11yo and i miss when he was little (2-3 was my favorite age)
Sorry to hear it was a bad night for sleeping, and the swelling pics, you poor thing.
I was laughing when you were telling me about "where am i going with this"...lol i know how you feel i seem to type to much, i can say though you are the reason i talk so much, i feel very comfortable talking to you. And to be honest you have a lovely soul Rhiannon, thank you for befriending me. Its nice to know your not alone in this.
So i was never given the word remission, which was why we have our back up plan for my stem cells. But i refuse to do chemo again.. i refuse to let toxins flood my body again. I honestly feel that the reason i havent had to go further with cancer treatment, and the reason my cancer has been held at bay is because of my dietary choices... although i have had my moments of weakness. I think i would be sitting in a chemo chair again if i hadn't made the drastic choices i did.
Joe has shown the world(and so many others)so much and opened their eyes to something none of us were taught as kids. If you go on youtube and type in "chris beat cancer" he is a hero of mine as well.
Im shooting for a 30 day fast, followed by a raw vegan diet. And to be honest day 2... not so well. So i go at it again today and I'm feeling great about it. I picked up fresh greens yesterday so im good to go.
Congrats to you its day 13!!! I'll attach some pics pre chemo, post chemo, a year ago and today. Stay strong hun :)
well its a long story...for sure... so here goes...back in 08' i was helping my twin brother move(innorthern washington state) and i live mid state by puget sound... so it was a 2 1/2 hr drive from my house. It was a thursday friday thing(my days off work) so i helped move on thursday night and by the end of the day i was feeling pretty cruddy.. thought i was getting sick. I have asthma so when a cold is coming on i feel pressure on my chest. So i thought i was just getting sick. A quick trip to the store i got some airborne and tylenol, i medded myself up and went to bed. Waking in the morning i felt worse. I knew i needed to go to the doctor.. i didnt have an inhaler and was having trouble breathing. For the life of me i couldnt find my insurance card so i knew i had to head home and go to my doc where all my info was in their system. So i started the longest drive ever...lol so it felt anyways. I finally got back into town, my son was with me (he was 5yo at the time) i spent a few hours at the doc and was waiting on my xray results, sure enough their showed a mass on my chest quite large. But nothing was confirmed.. needed to wait for the radiologist to look at it. So i got a call from the doctor that saw me at the urgent care that night at about 9pm telling me that in fact that a mass was on my chest and told me to not freak out, that it could be nothing.. funny doc.. not freak out!!! He said it could be a benign mass. So having to wait a long weekend to see my doc on monday.. boy was that longest ever! Saw my doc on monday and he told me that more tests needed to be done but he thought it was probably lymphoma. So after a biopsy and more waiting i was told it was hodgkins, finny thing is i was happy.. i did all my research before about lymphomas and knew hodgkins was a more curable cancer so i was trying to stay positive (glass is half full right???) So after tons more tests and finding out my cancer was pretty much everywhere in my body.. baseball size tumor on chest, 5 other golfball size ones in chest, 4 tumors on vertabrae, 1 at base of brain/top of spine, a large mass wrapped around left pelvis and left femur, it was in my spleen and bone marrow. I was stage 4b, which is the latest stage. I also weighed in at about 165lbs no muslce mass.. i was dealthly skinny (normally im a 200lbs guy)
Onward to chemo was the plan, which i was happy i didnt have to do radiation Therapy. So almost a year i did chemo and while about 2/3rds done we did a scan and it was all gone!!! All of it!!! I was walking on clouds, but i needed to finish my treatments, so of course i did and i had my last scan and sadly it had come back. So i needed to start a more agressive chemo, to help fight this thing but to also prepare for a stem cell harvest. So i did just that for a while, they harvested my stem cells and froze them and most the spots on my scans were al gone. I had a spot on my chest showing up but my docs thought it was best if we just monitered it. So they froze my stem cells in case we needed to do a transplant.
Long behold after that whole journey i was sitting on my couch watching netflix and came across a movie called "the beautiful truth" and that moment changed my life forever. It was the first time i questioned whether or not what we are all told our whole lives is the truth or not.. especially about the food we put into our bodies. I started doing research online and came across a raw diet and i set myself a goal and i did it for almost a year and i lost 60 lbs, i was the only person i swear that gained weight during chemo.. steriods i thing.. Since then ive gone on and off of it. Overall i feel its changed my eating habits.. except when i fall off thw wagon and binge (not good).
About 2 years ago i noticed some masses in my lower abdominal /groin area and freaked out. So i thought i needed sone change. So i thought a juice fast would help. Since then have done many juice fasts.. longest was 30 days.
Ive read more than 20 books and raw eating and juicing and everyday toxins..and so on.
Im very passionate about healthly eating.. even if i screw up and go back to my old ways. Food is an addiction and i have my struggles but i continue to push forward.
So my cancer is a motivation for me, but also xhemo did some bad nerve damage to my left leg and hip (where that large mass was) and nerve damge to my bladder and when my doc told me it would be like that my whole life i refused to accept that. So that was a motivation for me as well. And our course my weight.. i see that as a good bonus side effect from eating healthly..lol.
It was amazing when i first change my deit and ate raw at first i was miserible. . I felt cruddy but about after day 3 or 4 i woke up from bed and i felt like i had 10 cups of coffee and sprung out of bed.. like i couldve ran a mile. That morning i didnt struggle to tie my shoes.. that day my eyes were opened and i realized the way ive felt my whole life wasnt normal (even though i thought it was). We are meant to have tons of energy, clear minded, and happy spirited.
I was awakened, reborn and i will forever strive for better eating habits.. no matter how many times i give in to the standard american diet.
Rhiannon, told you it was a long story..lol. how is your day ?
Wow! Thanks for sharing it with me, Tyler. I hate cancer!!! I am not a sufferer, but it runs in my family and it scares me. I have been wanting to be a vegan (and to follow a raw until 4 kind of plan) but every time I do I just fall off the wagon too. But my vegan stages haven't lasted long at all -sitting here on day 13 of my juice fast, I think this may be my longest running vegan stretch. LOL (It just occurred to me that I am actually succeeding as a vegan!)
Are you considered in remission or are they just doing regular monitoring of what is left?
How long are you planning to fast this time around? You say your longest time was 30 days, but have you done others in similar length (15, 20 days?).
You asked about my day: It's day 13 and I am sticking to it! I got horrible sleep last night. My 2 year old son cried on and off all night and my dog kept whining and I had to get up with her 3 times to let her out and to give her water. When I don't get adequate sleep I am a mess the following day. I have not napped, but have wanted to (but not bad enough to justify one). When I nap I get migraine-like headaches and so I have to really need one to justify one! And for a long time now I have napped nearly every day (depression, not feeling well, no energy can make a nap seem justified).
You mentioned gaining weight on steroids. I didn't gain any one them (even pregnant and on TPN -about 1,500 calories of it a day) but JUST before I delivered my son I started to get very fat-looking. People were alarmed seeing me and thought I had preeclampsia, but it was just from the steroids. I'll attach a photo of me just after having my son (I was about 165 lbs, but looked 200). I was starting liver failure when I had him and they don't know if the steroids or TPN may have been why (or just my body saying it was done with the sickness). All my pregnancy I had very elevated white blood cell counts, but they never found a cause and when I went in to urgent care after giving birth because I was swelling so much I was in terrible pain, the doctor looked at my medical history and just kept saying, "Jesus! I can't believe you are walking around!!! These labs say you are a very ill person." I told him I felt like I was dying when I was pregnant and he said, "you were." I cried. First doctor to even acknowledge any of my suffering as being serious. That doctor did FULL labs, scans and Xrays and I was scared (glad he cared, but was worried why he was doing so much checking, I was just swelling and was actually feeling a lot better than I was while pregnant). Thankfully all came back fine and my labs showed improvement from last full panel taken 2 weeks before my induction. He also called another doctor and they researched some and believe my steroids and the tylenol were the causing the swelling. Sure enough in two days my elephant legs and feet shrunk back to my legs and feet.
How funny, I just stopped and wondered, "where am I going with this?" LOL, not sure... Anyhow...steroids are not fun, even if they are a necessary evil at times.
Now to look for that photo and maybe one of my elephant feet. HAHAHA
This is actually me the morning of my induction (took an ipad selfie) (white bandage on my arm covering my PICC line)
Elephant feet !!!
And a non elephant feet pic for comparison. I took it while pregnant to share my scratched up legs with a friend who also had HG and said her IV pole was cutting her legs up too.
and lastly, just because they are cute and after the elephant foot pic, we need a cute pic: my 3 kids. :)
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