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.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Omega supplements

I was doing a bit of late night web surfing on Mommy health and came across this information on KellyMom.com

I cannot quite figure it out. It's like when they changed the food pyramid! This totally is not in keeping with what I thought I needed to be doing.

While I was pregnant, I sprinkled flax seed on everything and took Omega capsules. I have continued supplementing my Omegas while I have been nursing. Since becoming an Advocare distributor, I have been taking OmegaPlex and have learned that flax seed is not an efficient source of Omegas.

As my daughter has been nursing less, I have been giving her chewable Omega capsules so that she continues to get that good brainfood DHA.

I had understood that the Omegas helped with fetal brain and eye development. Dr Carl Keen re-emphasizes this theory in his article recently posted on Supplemental Science.

I have genetically high cholesterol, and I believe that the increased Omega supplements along with increased fiber have helped to lower my cholesterol. Which is a bonus since cholesterol lowering medications are not safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

And from this article am I to understand that while my cholesterol may be in good shape, I am now at greater risk of stroke? And is that risk greater than the risk of mercury from eating so much fish?

One point that was interesting, about vegetarians, especially vegans having lower DHA levels. I have a hard time understanding how a woman can truly believe that it is OK to continue a vegetarian diet throughout pregnancy. A good pregnancy diet consists of at least 100 grams of protein each day along with the DHA from fish oil.

Those tiny bodies are totally dependent on us for their development and it is so important that we take that responsibility seriously. We need to quit messing around and do all that we can to be sure that our babies have all they need to get the best start possible.