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7/11/13 5:37 P

NANAS4GIRLS, I also have an incurable cancer, but the goal of my treatment is to stabilize it or at least slow it down. I've been living with it at stage IV for 6 years now, and while I have some hard days, I know I have it better than a lot of people living with this disease. I just feel bad for anyone who has to go through it, because of my experience. When you have to be in treatment for the rest of your life, it's an adjustment getting use to a "new normal".


My name is Shari; I have been a Sparker since July 2006, I am now in palliative care for metastatic breast cancer, but I'm not letting cancer stop me from Sparking!

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7/11/13 4:43 P

Using the plastic utensils definitely helped, as did using bitter lemon lozenges. I also found that using a lot of vinegars as flavouring was helpful with the taste, with apple cider and balsamic being the best, with red wine and rice vinegars helping not quite as much. As has been mentioned, though, you might need to watch adding strong flavours and scents as they can set off the nausea.

Honestly, I could have (hmmm, actually pretty much did) live off of sea salt & malt vinegar chips, ice cream, and arrowroot cookies since these were the only things that actually tasted right. I ended up grazing almost continuously as that was the only thing that kept my nausea under control. Fortunately, I wasn't hungry at all, so even with how often and what I was eating, I never gained weight during it.

Good luck to you in figuring out what will actually taste good!

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7/11/13 4:37 P

Next week I will start my 3 round of Chemo. My Cancer is going to keep returning, as it was late stage 3. I tolerate it quite well, I don't get sick, I just get Aches in all the Joints for a few days, Advil is helpful. Could be worse. Thanks for your support

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7/11/13 4:33 P

Don't feel bad for me, I am basically doing good. I feel bad for the Children and people that get very ill from the Chemo, I tolerate is quite well. Thanks for your support

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7/11/13 4:31 P

Thanks for the kind words

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7/11/13 4:31 P

Thank You, I'm not complaining about the Cancer or Chemo, it is not that bed for me. I am starting Chemo for the 3rd time next week. I will never be cured, it is going to keep coming back. Better me than my Children or Grandchildren. My problem is I was not trying to lose weight before, so I would eat whatever I wanted. Those days are over.

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7/11/13 4:27 P

Thanks you for the prayers and good thoughts

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7/11/13 4:21 P

Sorry your going through this and I send positive thoughts and prayers your way, I know it's not fun having that metallic taste in food I took a antibiotic for lyme once and it made me feel like I was sucking on a pipe and it was awful. I feel for you! God bless!

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7/11/13 4:20 P

The first time I was on chemo 10 years ago, I had that problem too. For some reason plain water tasted metallic to me, but I found by adding flavoring to it, such as a squeeze of lemon, helped. I also could not eat red meat or chocolate, they also tasted metallic to me at the time. I was pretty much on a bland diet during that time, not only because a lot of foods didn't taste that good, but because I had a lot of nausea.

One thing that helped was something my oncology nurse told me; to eat with plastic utensils instead of regular silverware, believe it or not, it helped! And a few weeks after I was done with the chemo, my taste buds returned to normal.

Chemo is not easy for many reasons. If you need to buddy, I am here for you! emoticon I had to go back on chemo 3 years ago and I am still on it, but this time around, my taste buds seem to be normal so far.


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Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

A. A. Milne

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7/11/13 3:32 P

my mom always said food tasted metallic - and cookies tasted too salty! She said frozen foods - like ice cream didn't seem as bad. Just keep trying different things, hopefully something will work!

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7/11/13 3:11 P

I'm so sorry you are having to go through chemo! What a brave soul you are! What about spicy foods? Maybe the "heat" would cover the metallic taste? I don't know; I'm just throwing it out there. Love and hugs to you!

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7/11/13 3:08 P

I couldn't drink tea a lot of the time when I was having chemo. I wanted red meat all the time so I was always doing casseroles in the slow cooker. I think I could eat chicken - I just didn't fancy it. Salad was OK and so were eggs. How are you coping with the chemo in other ways? I hated it! But it passed and I'm well now, and yours will pass too.

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7/11/13 1:59 P

Has anyone else had this problem, I can not eat Salads of any kind, and no Fresh Fish or Tuna, Hard Cooked Eggs,

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