Half-sister Anne and I tend to make light of it when something goes wrong in our lives. Weird I know. But it's how we cope.
My current bad is that I was just diagnosed with grade II invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer, which comes with a lumpectomy and five weeks of everyday radiation.
I've been given wonderful pamphlets to read that remind me of the brochures girls are given in public school about the joys of starting to menstruate and how that will mean we have become women, but fail to mention that we will bleed for an accumulation of 3360 days—which amounts to 10 years—before it's all over.
I have been armed with websites on which I can communicate with other cancer patients. All survivors I presume.
My friends and family have been extremely supportive and I can't think of a punch line about them, but get me on painkillers and all bets are off.
Seriously, many cancer risks are beyond our control, yet I'm expecting a backlash from detractors of vegetarianism as a result of my diagnosis. Don't know why anyone would want to point a finger now but the vegetarian diet has been singled out before... More than ever I want to address it.
Straight from the website of the Canadian Cancer Society: "Vegetarian diets tend to have healthy characteristics, such as being low in saturated fat and high in fibre, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals."
Below I'm typing out a recipe that makes me feel better because of its fresh mouth taste.
As for the future of my right breast, Anne quips, "We can rebuild it."
1 cup seeded, chopped cucumber
1 cup seeded, chopped tomato
1/2 cup Greek olives, pitted
1/8 cup minced onion
1/2 yellow pepper, chopped
2 tbsps olive oil
1/2 cup feta, crumbled
Toss together all the ingredients, including vegetable seasoning to taste. Serves 2.
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