Low Bacteria Diet & the Holidays - How to Maximize Your Meals

Low Bacteria Diet & the Holidays - How to Maximize Your Meals

Who doesn’t love this time of year? The gifts, the lights, the food...especially the food! It’s a time of happiness and giving, but things can be a bit more complicated when you’re undergoing chemotherapy. As much fun as the holidays are, you have extra things to consider as a patient during this season. With a low bacteria diet and a variety of medications, it can be tricky to navigate all the delicious pitfalls as wafting scents of prime rib tempt you. To help you navigate safely, I’ve highlighted some important considerations of a low bacteria diet as well as some...

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The Cancer Patient’s Arsenal: Medical ID Tag

The Cancer Patient’s Arsenal: Medical ID Tag

Growing up, I loved the military. Everything from camo to tanks, I had an obsession over anything army related. So when I first got my medical ID tag and saw it looked just like a dog tag, I was absolutely thrilled to finally be sporting my own real-life “military swag”. But I didn’t fully realize how this little rectangular piece of metal could save my life. With my medical information linked, a medical ID tag provided a way to communicate to paramedics and new doctors that I was undergoing treatment in the event of an emergency. It would be especially...

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Friends are good for you.

Friends are good for you.

After my first hospitalization, I realized that things were not going to be the same any more. I was told to make several adjustments to help with my recovery. One of the immediate challenges was my education. Being immunosuppressed, I was easily susceptible to bacteria and not allowed to go back to school. Being in public spaces was no longer an option. I was a fifth grader who enjoyed the company of others so being isolated from my friends was something that was very discouraging and difficult. I had to be homeschooled for a year to keep me on track...

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Ten Thousand to One

Ten Thousand to One

While undergoing chemotherapy at pediatrics oncology, I needed to be infused with Intravenous Immunoglobulin more commonly known as IVIG. The treatment was administered every four weeks and took many hours to complete. After repeated rounds of IVIG, I became curious as to what it actually was and why it was so important to my health. My doctor smiled at me and went on to elaborate. Immunoglobulin she said, is part of your blood’s plasma and has antibodies in it to fight germs or disease. When people donate blood, this is separated out and administered to patients who are immunosuppressed. Each...

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