The Ketogenic Diet – and “Thank Yous”

12 Mar

Firstly, let me say thank you to Libby, from Austria, who pointed out that the web page for the link I’ve been giving to the ketogenic diet is no longer available. I referred to the link a couple of times in a footnote. I like my footnotes. Ever since I saw Josef Kedar’s superb movie of the same name, “Footnotes”, something has changed. If previously I had a tendency to pass them over – especially in technical or academic articles – today I’m more aware. I’m rambling – but that could be the result of the change in treatment over the last few weeks.

As I’ve mentioned I’ve done with 5-F-U (or vice versa). For the last few weeks I’ve been on a weekly infusion of Gemcitobene and one pill of Tarceva a day. The side effects have been debilitating. Which brings me to my second thank you. I literally “cried off” my Sunday game of golf. Karl was again my saviour. Doubled over in pain, and trying hard to hide my tears, he helped as only a true friend can. There are no words of thanks for good deeds.  This illness has certainly given me the perspective of being able to look around and see the best out of so many situations.

So why is the world in such a mess – especially in our corner of it? It’s easy to say that “it’s complicated” or “there’re always two sides to a story”. But somehow I seem to see things in much sharper focus. Should I share these thoughts with you – or keep my blog as I intended it – to help other cancer sufferers, pancreatic cancer patients in particular? An open question – perhaps you’ll oblige me with some open answers.

In the meantime, I’ll stick to the ketogenic diet. Here’s Libby’s link: . It’s great if you speak German – a tad difficult if you don’t. Skip down to page 19 to find lots of links to interesting recipes – but again in German.

More helpful for my English-only readers is a link forwarded to me by my indefatigable sister-in-law-researcher, Sheila, who has come up with a site that gives a clear (if not new) insight to the diet: . Sheila, thanks for your continuing support and research.

Why the ketogenic diet? It might just be that my bad side-effects to Tarceva were limited by my diet. I’ll never know. I was warned that Tarceva would be a waste of time. That’s another thing I won’t know. A two-week treatment break and a chance to break new ground with Abraxane is next on the agenda. Suddenly I’ve got the urge to keep the fight going.

4 Responses to “The Ketogenic Diet – and “Thank Yous””

  1. Tal March 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    אתה בנאדם מדהים, וחסר לך שלא תצמשיך להילחם ! אנחנו כל כך אוהבים אותך שאין לך מושג בכלל עד כמה

    כמו תמיד, אחלה של בלוג אבא
    נשיקות חיבוקים וגעגוע

  2. Tzippi Sha-ked March 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    Hi Martin,
    I saw this recipe and thought you might enjoy it:

    Zucchini Noodles


    1 tbsp black pepper
    2 tbsps olive oil
    2 medium zucchini

    With a good potato peeler create long “noodles” by starting at the top of the zucchini and peeling wide ribbons down the length of the zucchini.
    Continue making ribbons as you turn the zucchini to get all the green part off first.
    When the center portion becomes too thin , set it aside to use for a salad and start a new zucchini.
    Heat a large skillet on medium high.
    Add the olive oil and zucchini “noodles.”
    Saute the “noodles” for 2 to 3 minutes.
    Season with freshly grated black pepper and salt if desired to taste.
    Add your favorite meatballs.

    B’ta’von and Lebriyut!!!!

  3. diet program August 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Hi there! Would you mind if I share your blog
    with my zynga group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Cheers

    • fightingpancreaticcancer August 30, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

      Hi Karla,
      my dad started this blog to help fellow pancriatic cancer suffers.
      He sadly passed in December, but we would be more than happy to see the blog live on and inspire others.
      Please feel free to share.

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