Neuroendocrine Cancer Nutrition Blog 3 – Gut Feelings

Another great blog post by Ronny Allan…

Ronny Allan - Living with Neuroendocrine Cancer

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My two most popular posts to date are Nutrition Blogs 1 and 2 so I guess this is a topic you guys like?  Lucky for me I’m pushing at an open door as nutritional issues are one of the biggest challenges affecting most Neuroendocrine Cancer patients.  It is also a key factor in maintaining a decent quality of life.

When I first indicated this series was under construction, a few people got quite excited anticipating me to produce advice on what to eat etc.  However, that was never my intention. What people should or should not eat is such a varied problem (or solution?) and there are already several publications/articles out there aimed at NET patients; some more up to date than others. Rather I want to look at what causes the nutritional related issues and to a certain extent, try to…

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Memorial Speaking

Aquarius vs. Cancer

Yesterday, I spoke at a memorial service for the first time, A Living Legacy Memorial Celebration for Marcy Westerling.

MW bike

I have experience with public speaking and lately the topic revolves around my experiences living with metastatic lung cancer. Now, 4-years plus living in cancer land, I can get through the highs and lows with little emotional response. Not the case yesterday at the memorial.

Crafting my speech I second-guessed nearly every line I typed. I struggled to find the perfect words. SW reminded me ‘be you, that’s what Marcy would want’. Attempting to abort the entire difficult endeavor, I sent an email to the co-organizer saying I’d be happy to step down if they had too many speakers. Nope. I was speaking and near the end after a video of Marcy, just before Mike, Marcy’s spouse.  ….okay…?!

I spoke my standard ‘short, to the point, make you laugh, make you…

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Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans

Great post!

a tale of two tumors

I am pretty OCD by nature and so it has been easy to turn this quest for medical answers into an obsession.  For the past couple of years, I have tried to put everything else in life behind getting diagnosed and treated.  This was not completely irrational, as I was/am sick and very limited in what else I could do besides try and figure this out.  But the other big motivation was simply the belief that the harder I worked at fixing this problem, the faster I would get better so I could go back to work and my regular life.   With running and work and most every other challenge I had faced in life so far, hard work lead to the desired outcome:  a degree, a marathon, a publication, a promotion, you name it.  I figured that the same strategy could be applied here and with the same…

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