Sunday, March 18, 2012

My Next Challenge

When I was going through chemo, everyone told me to avoid eating foods that I love because they won't taste the same and I won't want them after I finish chemo. They also told me that whatever weight I gain during chemo would come off within two months of finishing chemo.

They lied.

During chemo, I gave myself permission to eat whatever I wanted. I figured that since I have cancer and am going through chemo, I should do whatever I want to make myself feel better. And since my appetite didn't go away during chemo, I indulged. I still believed whatever weight I gained would somehow magically melt away after chemo. HA!

So here I am -- after six months of indulgence -- weighing 20 lbs. more than I did when I started chemo. And I still love cheeseburgers, french fries, Prime Rib Pasta at O'Charley's and ice cream. There isn't one thing I ate during chemo that seems dissatisfying to me now. It's all still good!

My next challenge is to lose the 20 lbs. I gained during chemo and then lose another 10 lbs. I had been trying to lose before my diagnosis.

I need to lose this extra weight for all the usual reasons (look better, feel better, fit back into my normal clothes, etc.). But the really big reason I need to lose this weight is to help fight a breast cancer recurrence. My type of cancer is receptive to estrogen and estrogen is stored in bodyfat. So even if your ovaries have been medically shutdown like mine have, you still need to get your bodyfat in check so you are not storing too much estrogen.

Oh - and did I mention I will have a complete hysterectomy at the end of April and my 30th high school reunion is in mid-June?

No pressure...


  1. Hang in there Jen. I know you can do it! You are right, the important thing really is embracing a cancer-fighting diet to prevent reoccurence. I am never going to be able to live on veggie juice, or even take on a vegan lifestyle, but I have been able to make changes that I can live with. Start with baby steps, and you will find your way.
    Cancer Warrior

  2. Whoo hoo! congrats on your accomplishment! Take a breather, but then get down to a serious lifestyle check. Please let me know if you need any info or just a kick in the ass.

    Your hysto will be a breeze compared to everything else. when you are ready to "chat" about the "after" please contact me! Sounds like you story and mine are very similar. i am 3 years post hysto post chemo, post bilat mastectomy

    Enjoy your time! You deserve it!

  3. Found your site through Perks of Cancer - wonderful post over there today. If you made it through chemo, you can tackle losing the weight! So glad you are finished with treatment - Congratulations!!

  4. Walking is a good way to start and it makes you feel good. Cheeseburgers are still good now and then. Good luck! :)