• Attitude,  My Story

    Rediscovering a love of physical strength…

    Last summer, my just barely reborn running career came to a screeching halt when I was told that I had a 15-16 cm ovarian cyst. All bouncing activities were to be avoided, in case the cyst ruptured and spilled its contents throughout my lower abdomen. Given that the cyst turned out to be cancerous, it’s a good thing that I grudgingly conceded defeat and quit running early last August. In hindsight, a ruptured cyst would have been a really bad thing… After surgery in late September, finding out I had cancer, another surgery in early December, 5 weeks of post-op bladder spasming, then 5 months of chemo, I was pretty…

  • My Story

    Happy Anniversary to me!

    It was one year ago today that I received the fateful text from my girlfriend that had me lay down on my belly on the floor to do a plank and found the hard bulge in my lower abdomen. The start of a journey of the last year that has taken me from smugly healthy and strong, to humbled and uncertain, to overwhelmingly grateful and highly motivated to share what I have learned in the past year with others. I am grateful for the wonderful healthcare system that Canada has for its citizens. Other than a couple of small prescription expenses, I have not had to spend a dime of my…

  • My Story,  Powerful Beyond Measure Book

    Me, the online instructor!

    Well, today I screwed up my courage and did what I have been hesitating to do. Kind of afraid to do, if I’m being honest. And now that it’s done, I feel as light as air! What was it? I had been approached in mid April, though my website, with the offer to be part of the faculty of an online learning platform for health professionals worldwide who want to learn more about low carb and ketogenic diet theory and applications. This organization is from South Africa – The Noakes Foundation (https://thenoakesfoundation.org/) and the Nutrition Network (an online LCHF health professionals training platform): https://nutrition-network.org/). My invitation went like this… “I am involved…

  • My Story

    The return of the peach fuzz

    Okay, it’s amazing how fast the human body can regenerate once you stop throwing insults at it. I reached the end of the Cycle 6 three week drug effects period 5 days ago. On the day that would have been my next chemo infusion (BUT WASN’T!! – YEAH!), I headed into the local lab to do bloodwork, curious to see how well I had rebounded from the last chemo session. The results were disappointing. My immune system was still showing signs of significant depression, with White Blood Cells and Neutrophils both seriously down, and I was anemic as hell, with Hemoglobin(Hb) at only 95 (normal is 120-160). Anemia results in…

  • My Story

    The plot thickens…hospital admission and Influenza A!

    Every good story has to have certain elements.  An interesting cast of characters, a plot line with ups and downs. Challenges and resolutions to those challenges.  Setbacks and triumphs.  Perseverance and resilience.  I guess if I had simply sailed through six chemo treatments with absolutely no problems, it would have made for a boring story.  A successful one, but boring.  The combination of nutritional ketosis and therapeutic fasting around treatments has been powerfully effective in keeping me protected from side effects and has hopefully potentiated the chemo’s effectiveness.  But the Week 2 effects of the medications are still there, as the chemo drugs percolate away in my system.  Hair loss…

  • My Story

    Playing the Fever Card

    Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. After posting just last week that I had been “blessed to have not even a sniffle of any infection or illness in the past 3 months”, I woke up on Sunday to a scratchy throat.  That was all, just an irritated sensation in my throat.  But it didn’t go away.  I attended church (Palm Sunday), then had supper out with friends at a local brew pub.  Fabulous beef brisket pot roast with no potatoes and extra kale.  Because my friend also has a delicate immune system, I made sure to sit as far away from him as possible, and we didn’t…