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I remember when going through my treatments for lobular carcinoma I was scared to death! I started reading about what can cause cancer and what you can do to prevent it. I asked my Oncologist what he thought about me not eating any dairy products, not eating any sugar products, not drinking any more coffee. He looked at me and said you have to think positive and enjoy life. You can watch what you eat, it does help in ways but you want to live life to the fullest and have some fun! I am now 5 years cancer free and I do love life and live it to the fullest. I also watch what I eat but I enjoy a treat now and then. I also try to walk my dogs everyday, they love it and it feels good knowing I am doing my body good and they doggies body good!
My oncologist basically said the same thing, think positive and enjoy life. After over 6 1/2 years, I'm still doing chemo. Two and a half years ago, after having spent the previous 6 months of extremely aggressive chemo weekly, my tumors had pretty much stabilized. There is no cure for stage IV colon cancer, and this was the best we could do. Those treatments took a big toll on me, especially since I continued working my full-time job. My oncologist said it was time to back off on the treatment, that quality of life was as important as quantity. Since then, I've been getting chemo every other week, retired 20 months ago, and am enjoying life as much as I can between treatments. I can no longer eat red meat because of the digestive problems, but my doctor told me that I can eat anything I want in moderation. So I do. I do eat healthier as a result, but I don't watch calories, cholesterol, or anything else. OK, I don't eat too many sweets, but one of our concerns is that I don't lose weight. I keep very active physically, so I never worry about gaining weight. The main thing is to eat right and excersize so that I can have the energy I need to enjoy my life to the fullest. Jeff