Living with Chemo Part 4: Protein

Happy Hump Day peeps!! More good news is definitely not the worst way to start a hump day or to end one! I got my mom back from Georgia last night and you may remember me talking about her blood count that has significantly dropped after surgery in the past. Well, wouldn’t you know her count has dropped even more, from 230 all the way down to 30 and now it’s at an 11, that’s right folks – EEE-LEV-ENN!

Now, most of you might be confused with what this means. Don’t worry I was too! It simply means that the lower cancer cells that are detected in a blood count, the higher chance my mom will live past the five year mark. Right now after this last visit with her doctors, she has a 70 percent chance of life after five years. Wouldn’t it be great if she had a 99.9 percent of prolonging her life with us at the end of her chemotherapy?! Fingers crossed for the last three rounds.

However, her white blood cell count was VERY LOW, so low that it was only (1) point away from her not being able to receive chemotherapy this go-around. WOW – we can’t have that MUM!! She had to completely stop taking her probiotic supplement this time too. The doctors stressed with her dietitian on what her body needs to be absorbing and that is every meal should contain protein. HIGH PROTEIN. So today I thought I would share what I’m learning as a caregiver through what the doctors are telling us and how to obtain a healthy journey through chemotherapy.


Each time my mom comes back home from a chemo procedure, she losses at least 5 pounds or more. I don’t think the chemo alone makes her lose the weight, I believe it’s living 1,000 miles away from the treatment center and the impact of flying back and forth every time. If you have ever flown out of the ATL airport you know what I’m talking about. Once you get off the plane you have to walk a mile or two down stairs to the subway, take the subway all the way to letter “F” which, by that times feels like you have reached letter “Z” and walk another flight of stairs UP to the claims baggage area, to where you will find your driver, that drives you another 30 minutes to the center.

I suggest if you want to by-pass the subway and claims baggage that you just take a small carry on. Once you do it over and over you learn the ropes, like we have.

Once my mom gets off the plane, I can tell she is weak. Being the cancer survivor she is though, she finds strength to carry on while she is down with chemo for about 3 to 4 days. One of the most important parts of living with chemo is, intaking enough nutrition. I will always remember those first few days of experiencing this with my mother. I remember lifting up her tiny head as my dad spoon feed her. She didn’t have any energy what-so-ever!

So here are some good tips the doctors gave us and maybe can help you or your love one along the way or to all those caregivers who feel lost and don’t know what to do – to help with side effects from chemo.

Here are big NOs

NO salads, NO fresh fruits, NO yogurts and nothing raw. If you eat red meat make sure it’s extremely well done. 



Protein is number one for my mom to intake this go-around. Here is a list of high protein supplements and foods. Also is inlisted is the website where we have to order boost. She requires the kind you can’t purchase in stores it’s the Boost VIC. Here is the website.$$_




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Hope you found the protien post helpful. I have some yummy recipes coming up soon





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