(Originally published August 2010. Updated 23 May, 2017)
As a student nurse, I developed an aversion to the subject of nutrition. It all seemed so unnecessary. I knew we needed to eat a balanced diet of proteins, vegetables, fruit and dairy. So what more was there to know?
When I was diagnosed with cancer, I determined to do everything possible to fight this disease. I read any book I could find that would suggest ways to improve my chances of recovery. Yet whenever I came to a chapter telling me what I should or shouldn’t eat, I skimmed past it, and continued to read the “important parts” of the book. Then I came to the end of my chemotherapy.