I had originally put this in the "can't stay vegan" thread as a reply but decided that I needed to start my own topic as it really IS subject on its own - so copying over the bulk of what I said:
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January...had surgery (double mastectomy w/immediate reconstruction) in February, now on chemo. I was aiming towards veganism when this happened and thriving...I truly think this is the way I'm MEANT to eat but....
Since the surgery and starting chemo, I've become anemic and have flat-out craved red meat. I read on bc forums that this is almost universal. Luckily, my doctor is very supportive as being veg is an ethical thing for me. (and thankfully, the hospital worked with me, too - after I sent back a few meat based meals LOL) My oncologist gave me alternative eating ideas and I'm still doing just fine. But the fact remains that high protein and some meats are recommended.
I don't know that I will do anything about this, I really doubt it as the thought of eating meat really does make me sick to my stomach...but these cravings are just horrendous and when my blood counts are low, I just feel bad. It's so weird to crave something that disgusts you.
I agree that being compassionate to oneself is important,too but prior to going veggie, I immersed myself in reading about the reasons to take this path and I cannot think differently about it now, without extreme guilt.
What would you all do if you were in a situation such as this? Again, I've continued my path fairly well though I have had to add organic eggs to the mix as I truly have higher protein needs....the cancer is estrogen positive and tofu and soy are not recommended, at least not regularly.
PS Just an fyi - I am 40....a young 40 (that looks much younger if I do say so myself
I've worked out 5 to 6 days every week for the fifteen or so years. I lived a very health oriented life (and still do). So ladies - get those mammograms!!!