Every two weeks I go into a fast before my chemo. This will be my second round. My first round was hard because I wasn’t prepared. My chemo date was thrown at me and I had to start that day, so I wasn’t able to mentally prepare for my journey. Nevertheless, I did it. I will start my fast 10PM tonight, which will give me 40hours of fasting before my chemo session, then I will fast 24 hours after my chemo session which will basically put me back at eating Friday evening.
Research suggests that fasting may help with cancer treatment. There is a growing body of evidence supporting the role of fasting in both cancer treatment and prevention. Fasting lowers insulin resistance and levels of inflammation. Both help in fighting cancer. Fasting has also been shown to reverse the effects of chronic conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, which are both risk factors for cancer.
Researchers also believe that fasting may make cancer cells more responsive to chemotherapy while protecting your body’s healthy cells and boosting your immune system to fight the cancer that is already present.
Fasting has been used therapeutically since at least the 5th century BCE. Hippocrates used to prescribe fasting for patients that exhibited signs of certain types of symptoms. For me, it’s also a nice cleanse for the mind and body. It also makes me super productive. I don’t generally eat until later on in my day to keep my brain sharp. Don’t need to be getting any “itis” when I need my brain cells to be their best! (there is a word in front of the “itis” that I will not use. But it is a phrase common in the Caribbean to describe the feeling one gets after eating large amounts of food often associated with the need to take a nap after eating.)
As I fast, and as the chemo drugs start flowing into my system, I imagine my body’s cells like little soldiers with shields, ready for battle. Shields up little guys!!!! As the chemo courses through my veins and zaps the unwelcomed invaders. (cancer cells)
So far my first session wasn’t too bad. This second go around though, I’m not going to take the three prescriptions they’ve given me for nausea. I want to see what my natural body’s response is to the chemotherapy. As always, I make myself a human guinea pig to life. Stay tuned for the results!