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Adapting to new ways

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Weekly update letter

Dear family and friends

So much has changed in my active life and my diet since being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The primary hormone treatment (ADT) of itself knocks you around. Apart from the chemical castration I have already spoken of, it reduces your physical activity, slows your walking speed and robs you of any stamina. Just wheeling a barrow load of wood from the shed to the house is exhausting. As a result, I have had to give up work and basically spend my time doing bugger all.

It also has an effect on your cognitive powers, slowing thought processes preventing multi-task thinking all together.

But, more importantly, there is a high risk of developing osteoporosis (a loss of bone density allowing easily broken bones) and an attack on the immune system. The mohphine based pain killers also cause constipation.

Last week, the doctors changed my morphine based medication from MS Contin to Oxycontin in an effort to reduce some of the side effects of the previous medication.

Last Friday, I came across a news article about a scam supplying oxycontin to the recreational drug world and it led to this CNN page listing 27 news items about the misuse of Oxycontin. It explains that Oxycontin either crushed or dissolved in water gives an instant high – the prescribed method of use is by swallowing the tablet whole.

Some of those articles reveal that Oxycontin was one of the two drugs that police are trying to source in the death of Heath Ledger.

Then you read that Courtney Love overdosed on the same two narcotics as Heath Ledger. She referred to Oxycontin as ‘Hillbilly Heroin’. Toss in Winona Ryder’s misuse of the drug and country singer Mindy McCreedy’s fraudulent access to the substance, and my use as a simple pain management tool puts me up there on the “A” list of Oxycontin misusers.

So, with all this going on in my body, I have had to modify my diet to take in more fibre and am now on a regime of supplements to combat these side effects.

I am using lactoferrins plus bovine and shark cartilage as immune boosters, Psyllium husks to add fibre and to combat the constipation, calcium supplements to ward off the osteoporosis … and I am eating porridge for breakfast for the first time in my life. I do miss my bacon and eggs!


Written by Greg Naylor

16 August 2008 at 12:00 am

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  2. Well, Greg, thanks for the update. By the way, I fall into the non-multitasking classification WITHOUT medication. 🙂


    16 August 2008 at 12:39 pm

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