I hope someone can help me with this question. I am a 44 year old (young) woman who was diagnosed 6 months ago with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. This leukemia is usually found in older people, but it looks like incidence in younger people is on the rise. My WBC is checked every 3 months for increases, and they tell me a bone marrow transplant is in my future...far or near, no one can say.
When I received the diagnosis in December, I immediately moved into a vegan diet, stopped all coffee consumption, drank loads of green tea, etc. My diet was mostly raw, with about 20% cooked quinoa or veggies as well.
After a month on the raw vegan diet I felt great. After three months, I was exhausted. My WBC had held steady, which was amazing, but I was starting to feel wiped out.
Research led me to the paleo/primal diet. I eat high fat, moderate protein and low to no carbs. My energy boost was almost instant. I feel absolutely amazing. I have lost 25 pounds and am now at a perfect weight. I still eat tons of greens, and juice greens one time a day.
Here is my dilemma. I have recently added coffee back into my diet. It gives me a boost, brightens my day, things seem MORE possible when I drink coffee :) I have been adding a healthy splash of pasture raised organic heavy cream in it too. Talk about an amazingly delicious breakfast!
But today I started thinking. What are the implications for growth factor and leukemia. What does one do when one HAS cancer, and is not just trying to prevent it? If anyone has any advice, I would appreciate it. I can give up the heavy cream if it means a better risk profile for advancing my leukemia. I just don't want to give it up if it isn't necessary.
Thank you so much in advance!