Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Proof is in the Pudding (or something like that)

Hi, Ya'll! I'm coming to you this evening from a sunlit computer nook, and it is 7:02PM. I just LOVE the time change. Long, hot days are my favorite! Perhaps this is the case because I'm a teacher and summertime means freedom and no work. Whatever the reason, I'm happy to see the trees budding, the sun shining, and the bugs buzzing. Spring is in the air!

I have to let you in on a little confession. For the past week or two, I haven't done the best on my nutrition plan. I have eaten out about 4 or 5 times (after not eating out for over a month), and I haven't been eating as many vegetables. More grains, more agave nectar, more seeds and nuts, more beans, and less veggies. Well, my stomach began a slow attack on me, starting about Wednesday. My digestion was painful, to put it delicately. This problem worsened and worsened, until I felt terrible last night. I mean, just plain awful. I said to Brian, "This chemo is beginning to take its toll, but why now?" We investigated the situation and realized that, while I wasn't eating any prohibited foods, I was also not eating enough fresh, raw food. Bad news bears! So, after a miserable night and morning, I decided to make some changes - to go back to what I know is right. So, today I went to the grocery store and stocked up on produce. Our refrigerator is now busting at the seems with good-for-me foods, and I'm happy to report that my aches, pains, and digestive difficulties have now subsided. So, there you have it. What we put in our bodies makes an ENORMOUS difference in the way we feel!

Though I wish that this wouldn't have occurred, I am glad to know that there is value in what I'm doing. I had been feeling great when I was sticking to 9+ veggies a day, but after a week of less care, my body was a mess. Hopefully, I won't forget this little cause and effect situation, and I'll stick to what I know is right.

This reminded me of living my life for Christ. I know what to do. I know what Christ's desire is for me and for my life, yet I don't always live the way that He instructs me to live. This is my sin nature getting the best of me. I am so glad that His mercies are new every morning, and that I don't have to worry about my failures. I am sure to mess up constantly without His regular intervention in my life.

On another note, please pray for me as I begin radiation tomorrow. I am having my "marking" session tomorrow. I actually already did this once, before my last surgery. In fact, it was the reason for my last surgery. Please pray that they are able to radiate all of the areas that need to be radiated. Please pray that they will mark me perfectly. And, please pray that I would not have any adverse side effects to the radiation, that my skin, tissues, organs would not react to the radiation. Basically, I just want it to do its job to take care of the cancer, and that's it. No lymphedema, no problems with my reconstruction, no skin burns, and no scar tissue.

Thank you for your prayers for my continued health and healing. They are felt.

Love to each and every one.


12 comments:

k_stin said...

I'm right there with you on the warmth and sunshine. I think I might be the only person I know that doesn't complain about "springing forward" cause I know it means more sunshine!

Anonymous said...

My prayers will be lifted up for your radiation sessions, non side effects, and eating your vegies. :)

Anonymous said...

you know, when this is all over and the Lord has completed his total healin, think how much better your quality of life will be just from what this has taugh you about nutrition. You might have saved yourself and Brian from dying of a heart attack of stroke at a young age!
Praying for tomorrow and your radiation journey.

Chels said...

We will be praying that the radiation is effective and goes smoothly!

Kathryn said...

"bad news bears"-my husband says that all the time.

praying for you always and especially tomorrow as you go for your radiation.

Anonymous said...

i'm praying for you

Anonymous said...

Prayers from Iowa that radiation will be a breeze for you and over before you know it with awesome results....God is with you every step of the way.

God Bless....

Julie-CA said...

Yes, the fuel we chose for our bodies can make or break us. So true. I prayed for your requests for your chemo session today and for your diet disciplines. Each time your tempted to skip out on what you know you need and replace it with what you know you don't, just remember what a great overall sense of wellbeing you feel from eating what you know is best. I believe the Lord will bless your efforts. Have a wonderful day as you start off your last week of winter and count down to the first day of spring on Saturday! Wahoo! :)

Julie-CA said...

Qick request...I know I have personally inquired about your nutritional advice before and I really appreciated what you shared. I was wondering though if you could expand on it a little sometime as far as what food in particular you are being advised to eat and what the experts are saying that each of them do for you physically. I have researched nutrition a lot and have a pretty good knowledge on foods and their benefits but know I have MUCH to learn and just wanted to hear what your nutritionists are saying. Thanks so much Lindsey!

suzanne Moore said...

I hope your radiation session went as expected today. I prayed for you and was so happy to hear from you on my site. We do have lots of common ground. I noticed that right off the bat when I stumbled upon your blog...we know nothing is a coincidence with God. I love all your pictures...that is something that inspires me to begin doing because I am so visual. I just need to learn how to load the pictures...i know I am behind the times..ha! Anyway, this is a high calling you have to show others our God who WE KNOW IS FAITHFUL. I have had a week or so of not doing so well with my eating too, after reading your post I am back on the veggies and fruits. I feel so much better and especially off sugar. You are such a light. My prayers will fervently continue with you on the "adventure". I just started reading "Stepping Up" Beth Moore's study. It just seems the appropriate time. Sweet dreams (I will pray over your sleeping as well, I had chemo induced menopause and boy was that some rough stuff. I know yours is even more in depth so I cover that in the Name of Jesus. Blessings, Suzanne Moore

Tanya said...

praying.....

Ruth - Grandma said...

I hope today went well for you and the Radiation is much easier than th Chemo. Grandpa Pond had radiation for his brain tumor and never complained about any kind of after effects so I truly hope and pray that you will have that same experience. I believe that what we eat effects the way we feel but also know how hard it is to not eat the tempting foods that are so sugary and delicious. By experience I know how hard it is. I pray God will help you to stay on the diet of nutritous foods that your body needs for healing. Summer is my favorite time of the year. Yesterday it was 82 degrees here and only 49 today. Boy did I enjoy yesterday as well as Saturday at 80 degrees. I pray for you and Brian every day and know that God answers prayer.