I'll never capitalize cancer

I have alot going on in my life, more than just cancer and chemo. Sure it's a big part of my life right now, but it's not the most important part of my life. You will never see me spell it with a capital "c".

I'm a Wife and Mom. I love my Family. I have good Friends. We do fun stuff and dumb stuff and sometimes we argue and then we laugh again. We go to work and to the grocery store and we go swimming and have birthday parties and get ready for the first day of school.

I keep saying that I don't want ovarian cancer to define me, but sometimes I just can't help it.

A good friend put it this way for me "cancer may be defining your life for the moment, but it is not your entire life. You seem to just make time for it." That made me feel better.

If you want to see it from the beginning, my cancer story begins in March.

The rest of my story is happening now.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Gluten Free?

Here it is midnight and I just got back from the grocery store. I spent nearly 2 hours staring at packages and reading labels in the Health Food aisle.

I had been thinking about doing this for awhile, putting my family on a gluten free diet. Even more since I found that a gluten free diet could help with IBS, and then the other night I heard that someone got their arthritis under control by going gluten free.

I don't have any problems with either of those but I started considering it several months ago. I was talking to someone about Advocare. She was concerned about some of the ingredients because she has gluten allergies and it affects her hearing. It causes a build up of mucus in her sinuses. Also casein, most dairy and a few other things.

That is what prompted me to switch to enriched rice milk for my daughter. She's old enough, and the pediatrician said it would be OK. She's been nursing; she's older and weaning but still likes a bottle of warm milk every once in a while.

Anyway, she has terrible pollen allergies and had been really congested and coughing. Well, since she stopped drinking so much milk, she's been much better.

My husband also has sinus trouble, horrible headaches daily. So I am going to go ahead and try to be gluten free. And it's not going to be easy. I am not necessarily a health food nut. Today we took my daughter to a birthday party and I totally enjoyed the pizza buffet and second helping of cake!

I don't really know what gluten is and do I need to stay away from yeast and all grains? What about casein? I guess I can just Google it, buy a book, read some labels maybe even make my own bread and pastas - because I have that much free time!