As a 3 year old, I always wanted to go Vegan but due to biases of my parents, I did not dare mention this. My mother had a rather rough childhood which caused her as an adult to act in ways that just made it better for me to not try going Vegan. My dad was overly afraid of making waves.
Fast forward to 10th grade. I started eating spaghettie with grounded up hamburger in it, and finding that the burger bits were left behind on my plate. I was not trying to do this. It just happened to be this way. I realized this in the end, and decided to just keep my mouth shut.
Fast Forward to working at McD's for 10 years, and the 10th year. I started to not digest McChicken. Week 1 Thursday, it did not stay down. Week 2 Thursday - Manager gets fresh stuff off the truck, makes the McChicken, we know this is fresh, done right, no diseases or anything. Again, I get sick.
Yes! I might be able to go Vegan yet without wrath of Khan at home! Week 3 Thursday - at hotdogs. Yep, it is official, I am not keeping meats down either! Go home, tell parents, they say I am lying and blah blah lies about protein sources and blah blah needing attention. I realized at this time that my body started to reject meats way back in 10th grade. It was an early sign of a developing severe intolerance. I had always reacted by smell to bird feathers, but did not react to poultry until much later.
Some years pass, I go to an event, eat a slice of cheese that accidentally touched meat. I threw it up and then realized on Thanksgiving Day, that my chest is hurting really badly. I take antihistamine, go outside for fresh air. I start feeling better an hour later. I come back inside, chest hurts all over again. I am not eating the turkey. So, thought I would not have a reaction. Turns out, that I react by smell to poultry. I inherited an epi-pen from my doctor. I now have an excuse to avoid Turkey Day.
I happily stay home, by myself, eating my Vegan meals and playing on the computer, working on my "projects".
The Biases: I prefer a realistic view of who can be a Vegan and who might be able to go vegan with reservations (and with trial and error, which I think is worth it, in most cases). Vegan sites tend to not mention the established fact that those who have had heart or ilium surgery tend to not absorb B12 very well and can even get very sick if they do not figure it out with a doctor and dietician, how their body will absorb B12. Matter of a fact, one Vegan had to go non-vegan for health reasons. Note she was not eating B12 sources several times a day!
However, I think that simply having fortified B12 sources 5 times a day, plus a B12 tablet daily while also getting B12 levels checked every 3 months for the first year, to be sure your B12 levels are not going down should do the trick. And then go from there, tweaking the diet and when you have B12, and from what Vegan sources until you find a combination that works! Warning! This is a theory that needs to be proven. I can't prove it because I have not have heart or ilium surgery. However, with Celiac, and gut damage, I did have my B12 levels checked, and they were normal. I only post this with the hopes of anyone who has had such surgery, may find a way that might work for them so that they can go Vegan. Like I said, this is only a theory that needs to be proven. I still feel that Vegan diet is the healthiest diet, and worth it, if you can manage it.
I have a cousin who gets light headed, if he only eats fish and B12 supplements as his B12 source. He had heart surgery as a child, as he had a hole in his heart. But...I would love to see Vegans do a Vegan study on heart surgery, B12 levels, and ways to keep the B12 levels normal.
I should really run this by the PCRM organization and see if they will do this! They would at least do it right! I am not giving up on their being a Vegan
solution to this. Eating 1 B12 tablet a day, and 2 fish a day, does not make a 5 times a day B12 regiment (my cousin's diet for one week.)
The Allergies (short list): I happen to carry an epi-pen for Poultry allergy. I am also allergic to meats, and very intolerant of the entire mustard-cabbage family (plus a few other veggies.) Plus I am Celiac.
Eating Out: Due to my allergies and restaurants defining Celiac as only eats meats and poultry and defining Vegan as only eats onion laced cabbage on mixed greens with radish and cucumbers (cos), I tend to be forced to either not eat out. or eat Vegetarian. Dairy makes me very dry and a little itchy. I prefer Vegan. I do not react to Salmon, so will eat it in a pinch, as a last resort, but prefer Vegan when ever I can. I love Tofu, and will even eat it plain.