Cancer Lesson #42: “My, What Bad Taste You Have”

Cancer Lesson #42: “My, what bad taste you have.”

Chemotherapy frequently results in a change in how things taste. When I started treatment, my inner brat constantly whined about how I would survive if I couldn’t taste my beloved Caramel Frappuccino Lights. It would have been more useful to ask what I would do with the money I saved by not buying them, but my childish self is always more concerned about instant gratification rather than money. I refused to think about whether or not I would survive cancer — I just assumed I would.

Dr. H. said some patients compare it to chewing on a metal fence.

Me, I thought it was more like eating a rubber bath mat after not brushing your teeth for a week.

I consoled myself with the idea that some breast cancer patients lose weight during treatment.

Alas, I proved to be in the 50% that gained.

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2 thoughts on “Cancer Lesson #42: “My, What Bad Taste You Have”

    • A friend made some really good hot/sour dill pickles. I asked for some because I heard they helped sort of “clear the palate.” He gave me a HUGE jar — like a gallon or more. We were still eating them two years later!

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