The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is meant to encourage a healthful diet to promote health and prevent chronic disease. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture jointly publish the Dietary Guidelines every five years using the 500-page 2015 Dietary Guideline Advisory Report (DGAR), which was just released last week.
Some laudable direct quotes from this report include:
The kale-based concoction sped enough food through her system to make a partial blockage painful. A colonoscopy found a tumor, which surgeons removed the next day, along with a foot of her colon.
She was 34 years old.
She ate well. She exercised. She had no known hereditary risk. She appeared perfectly healthy, yet she harbored stage 4, or metastatic, disease.
Such a finding in such a patient would have made news at one time, but it has become disturbingly common of late, and no one knows why.
I may get some static for this post, but I think that there is too much pressure on cancer patients to stay upbeat and cheerful all the time, dancing through treatments ...
WANTED: Someone who will let me speak my mind about this terrible disease, without having to be brave or positive or sun-shiny. Someone who will let me blow off steam and rant, someone who will let me feel negative and speak my fears about what lies ahead.
DESPERATELY SEEKING: Someone who will let me say that I am scared about what might be. That this disease freaks the crap out of me. Someone who will let me not be tough for a few minutes, but break down and cry about my anxieties.